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DJ Nicco wins penultimate Red Bull Thre3style battle

dj_nicco_jamaica.jpg Red Bull Thre3styles World Final: Preliminary round 4

The penmultimate Red Bull Thre3style event saw Jamaica, Australia, Bolivia, Japan and Azerbaijan fight for the last remaining place in tonight's World Final .

The atmosphere was electric as Japan's DJ 8Man took to the stage. He heralded his arrival by playing the fanfare Hollywood nerds will recognise from the start of any Twentieth Century Fox film, before playing The Fugees' Killing Me Softly. His set was heavy with rap and RnB, proving that Japan loves big beats and clever wordplay as much as the US. 

The crowd jostled to get closer to the diminuative DJ, who demonstrated his scratching abilities as he tore through his fifteen minutes with unbridled ferocity.


nullJapan: DJ 8Man
He made sure to honour the genre's founding fathers, dropping Herbie Hancock's Rockit. The atmosphere of his performance was enhanced with shrill airhorns and expert scratching.
Next up was Jamaica's DJ Nicco. Already a famed DJ in his home country, raised the roof with a special dub plate given to him by Damien Marley. There was a collective gasp when the lyrics to Welcome To Jam Rock suddenly became a dedication to Chicago and Red Bull Thre3style.
There was still twelve minutes to go, and Nicco skillfully steered the set through some reggae favourites before moving in to some bouncy bashment vibes that had the crowd doing the bogle, and signalling in some planes.
More excitement came when he played a snippet of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme tune, perhaps in a nod to judge Jazzy Jeff. He followed it up with Ini Kamoze's Here Comes The Hot Steppa and a Busta Rhymes and House of Pain face off.
The crowd clearly didn't want his set to end, and were shouting for more when compere Hollywood Holt came to introduce the next competitor, Australia's DJ Butcher.
nullAustralia: DJ Butcher
Australia's best party rocker was met with cheers as started his set with De La Soul's Everyday People. His set was predominantly hip-hop orientated, but he covered all bases with tracks from Justice and a UK Bass remix of Rihanna's Turn Out The Lights.
There were cheers as he played Guns n Roses classic November Rain which he paired with the Rocky theme before ending with Dizzee Rascal's Fix Up Look Sharp. 
Azerbaijan's DJ Twist took to the stage next, and got the crowd moving with some filthy trap basslines and a smattering of Skrillex. 
nullAzerbaijan: DJ Twist
DJ Fresh's Hot Right Now earned a wild response, and their woops only encouraged the young DJ to push the boundaries even further, playing some thumping tempo.
The Beastie Boys' Intergalactic made an appearance, but the most momentous point of his set was when he dropped Blue Boy's Remember Me, probably the only 90s song that hadn't been played this week in the competition.
It was a bittersweet moment when DJ Pho took his turn. The last of the eighteen DJs to play, his performance signalled the approaching end of this year's event. But, he had a job to do, and he didn't disappoint.
nullColombia: DJ Pho
He went totally out of the box with his opening track, playing Frank Sinatra's My Kind Of Town, an ode to Chicago.
DJ Pho demonstrated that there is no song he can't shapeshift in to something Moonbahtom sounding as he gave ACDC's Back In Black and Aloe Blacc's I Need A Dollar a fresh rework.
He had fists pumping from all sides of the club when he dropped Ante Up by M.O.P, proving that Colombia truly know how to party.
After a performance by Nosstradamus, the results were in... DJ Nicco was the winner, meaning the $1,000 prize and a guaranteed place in the World Final was his.
It was also announced that Brazil's Nedu Lopes and USA's Four Colour Zack are the wildcard entrants for tonight's competition.

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