The rapper won the South Korean rap television survival show against fellow top 4 finalists Koonta, BE’O, and SINCE in their respective solo performances. Team Gaeko and Code Kunst was crowned the winning producer team.
The voting process for the show was broken down into two components for each final round: a panel of live audience members contributed 40% of the votes and 60% from viewers at home via text messaging. The rapper who earned the most votes and thus, the largest sum of money over the course of two rounds would be declared the winner.
For the first round of finals, Team YUUMDDA and Toil’s Koonta performed “Double Up” featuring The Quiett, LAYONE, and MUSHVENOM. Team GRAY and MINO’S BE’O performed “A Night Without You” with fellow rapper Ash Island. The sole female rapper of the season SINCE enlisted rap superstar Jay Park and fellow Show Me The Money alum Woo Won Jae for her performance of “Up.”
Jo Gwang-il on the other hand collaborated with the legendary Dynamic Duo for his performance of “Garion.”
During the second round of finals, team battle performances between the final contestants took place. Team YUUMDDA and Toil’s Koonta opened the show with his explosive performance of “Timing” featuring YUMMDA and Big Naughty on stage. Team GRAY and MINO’s BE’O brought out MINO from the YG Entertainment boyband Winner and MAMAMOO’s Hwasa for his performance of “When Time Has Gone.”
With both Jo Gwang-il and SINCE being part of Team Gaeko and Code Kunst, both finalists took turns. SINCE went up first with performing “Sign” with fellow female rapper Mirani, who has enjoyed astronomical success after being a finalist herself on Show Me The Money season 9.
Jo Gwang-il returned to the stage for his performance of “Cookie Clip” with producer Gaeko, rappers Hangzoo and one of South Korea’s most prolific female solo artists, Ailee. His performance earned him the votes of viewers from the live audience and at home, declaring him the winner.
SINCE came in second place, with BE’O following in third place, and Koonta at fourth.
Aside from the prestigious title, Jo Gwang-il will be taking home “a prize money of ₩300,000,000 [roughly US$253,741] plus album production and ultra-luxury music business support.” The prize money is the biggest amount awarded so far on the show.
Watch Jo Gwang-il’s winning performance below: