Hometown Hero Trifeckta Crowned First Place (c)Carlo Cruz/Red Bull Photofiles


Onward is a Kansas City and a Local Beat Hero towards the National Finals in Chicago

A 75-degree day in East St. Louis didn’t stop twelve talented producers from turning up the heat while battling head-to-head at Red Bull Big Tune last night. The The 24-7 club and concert venue, Pop’s, started preheating the night around 8PM by a constantly-building crowd with pinches of STL hip-hop loyalty before the producers even stepped kicks on stage.
With such a strong lineup of beat-makers, the hot crowd got blasted with cool air from all the bass from the stage and after each battle, it was noticeably challenging to give shout-outs to just one producer, as only one, one with the ‘big tune’ could move on to the next round.
“More than anything, I’m happy to see new producers come out and showcase their skills,” stated spectator/St. Louis local, Ian Jones. “A lot of producers stay to themselves because that’s kind of the nature of a producer, to just play the background, but tonight, Red Bull Big Tune has brought out a new blood, so I’m happy to be hearing something new.”

Heat came all the way from Dallas with producer J. Rhodes and from the other participants from around the Lou with They Call Me Bo, C-los, Foxx Starstrukk, D-Que, Tech Supreme, Trifeckta, Bennie D, Nodzilla, Mike “Em80” DuPree, Rio and Abnormal. However, the lovin’ aimed towards the home team and East towards Kansas City and local Trifeckta was crowned winner and Mike “Em80” DuPree the runner-up who will now be competing at the National Finals in Chicago on November 18th where only one, the one with the big tune, will be named the Red Bull Big Tune National Champion.

“You want to make sure people can feel your music and the best way is to bring it across the way you have it in between your ears,” mentioned winner Trifeckta.

There was no monopolizing hip-hop in STL last night. “St. Louis is a big city when it comes to hip-hop…there is a very alive battle scene and St. Louis is incredibly relevant,” said Featured Performer Alchemist.

In the 4th year of the premier music producer battle, one of the key elements of Red Bull Big Tune is an education outreach program. The St. Louis live experience kicked off on Wednesday with critically acclaimed producers Jake One, Vitamin D and event creator Jonathan Moore who teamed with the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis to inspire more than 60 youth and future beat makers by sharing their history and experience as well as providing hands-on tutorials on how to make beats.

“We believe music enhances the quality of life by improving learning abilities, relieving stress and providing a chance to change lives,” explained Marvin Crumer of the Boys and Girls Club. “Our youth are suffering from Art programs being cut from schools and community-based organizations and with all the proven benefits that music involvement offers, it’s great to see the initiative to create opportunities for youth, especially those who lack the everyday resources.”

The event is second to last in a series of nine regional beat competitions designed to find the most talented U.S. music producer with the next “big tune.” Each regional qualifier features twelve local beatsmiths who battle head-to-head using their best original beats as ammunition. The other 2010 regional qualifiers include Austin, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; Seattle, WA; Minneapolis, MN; and next up, Ann Arbor/Detroit, MI. The top two producers from each city will square off at the Red Bull Big Tune National Championship in November in Chicago. The winner of the finals receives an opportunity to collaborate with a recording artist of his/her choice in the prestigious Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica, CA. Past winners have collaborated with Young Buck, Nas and Ghostface.

Visit www.redbullbigtune.com to learn more and to find out who will earn the title of Red Bull Big Tune National Champion on November 18th. For press inquiries please contact: Jennifer Belongia at jennifer.belongia@us.redbull.com (312.368.3748) or Kelli Shives at kelli.shives@us.redbull.com (310.913.4788).


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