After six weeks of intense challenges, from the artists repping their cities, to iconic clashes and performing in front of live crowds, the Lewisham-based rapper LR loose has tonight been crowned the winner of The Rap Game UK series five.

In a brand-new twist, artists had to fight for their place in the competition when two new artists joined to take their spot. One of the artists was LR loose, who successfully took a place in the line-up, and then in the fifth week he was able to secure his spot in the final four.

Each week, the up-and-coming rappers were put through their paces with a series of challenges where they were mentored by some of the biggest names in the UK music scene. Series five featured K-Trap, M Huncho, Abra Cadabra, Ray BLK, Chip, and more.

In the final episode, Krept, Konan and DJ Target listen back to the finalists’ recordings, and then went through an intense deliberation before crowning LR Loose as the winner.

This year, along with a £20,000 injection into their music career, the winner gets their final freestyle a place on the BBC Radio 1Xtra daytime playlist.

After being announced the winner, LR Loose says: “It still hasn’t sunk in yet that I’ve actually won the Rap Game! Showcasing my talent to the world is something I’ve been desperate to do so I’m grateful for the opportunity. I started rapping when I was 14 because of Krept and Konan – so to achieve what I have, the way I have, is truly a blessing”.

All episodes of The Rap Game UK series five are available on BBC iPlayer here.

The Rap Game UK is a 6×60′ series made by Naked Television (a Fremantle label) for BBC Three. It is Commissioned by Nasfim Haque, Head of Content for BBC Three; Patrick McMahon is the BBC Commissioner. Series Producer is Trent Williams-Jones, Steve Earley and Tom O’Brien are Executive Producers for Naked.