Last night more than 800 people stormed the famed St. Andrew's Hall to witness twelve producers battle head-to-head at Red Bull Big Tune. Despite the frosty temperatures, hundreds of hip-hop fans formed a long line outside that wrapped around the venue.
The tension was palpable throughout the night, but it was the creative endeavors of Southfield’s producer three-piece NOSPEAKERZ (pictured above) who garnered the most acclaim from the crowd. Mississauga, Ontario’s Big Pops of Northern Profit took second place, and both producers will represent Detroit in the National Finals in Chicago on November 18.
“It was a great Detroit hip-hop experience; nothin’ like Red Bull Big Tune. It literally gave us wings,” stated Brian Lee (aka Bee Lee) of NOSPEAKERZ. “I think Chicago will be really dope; the competition and the level of energy that'll be there will be really intense. You take guys with the fire like us and imagine 15 other producers all in the same room? Bananas!”
A special featured performance from Alchemist (pictured at left) kept the crowd’s bodies in motion after battles from the producers, which also included Yungclassix, NAMELESS, J-DUB, Family Biz Ent, Lancecape, Izzy the Kidd, Nick Speed, 2oolman, Vaughan T and J-Rell.
Red Bull Big Tune Detroit was the last chance for producers to qualify to compete in the 2010 national finals. Producers from as far (and warm) as L.A., Toronto, Ontario and Illinois flocked to Detroit to battle for the best.
Now in its fourth year, one of the key elements of Red Bull Big Tune is a local education outreach program. The Detroit live experience kicked off Tuesday and Wednesday with critically acclaimed producers Jake One, Vitamin D and event creator Jonathan Moore, who teamed with Harmonie Park Studios, a recording studio in Detroit that iconic artists have graced.
Local organizations involved included Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor and Youthville Detroit, a comprehensive youth development center that provides a safe place for children to feel empowered to learn and play. The Red Bull Big Tune crew inspired more than 80 youth and future beat makers by sharing their history and experience as well as providing hands-on tutorials on how to make beats.
The event was 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 featured twelve local beatsmiths who battle head-to-head using their best original beats as ammunition. The other 2010 regional qualifiers included Austin, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; Seattle, WA; Minneapolis, MN; and St. Louis, MO.
The top two finalists from each qualifier will battle their beats, but only the one with the big tune will get crowned the 2010 Red Bull Big Tune Champion. The winner of the finals receives an opportunity to collaborate with a recording artist of his/her choice in the prestigious Red Bull Studio in Santa Monica, California. Past winners have collaborated with Young Buck, Nas and Ghostface.
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