Marus D: Red Bull Big Tune 2009 Seattle Winner Carlo Cruz/Red Bull Photofiles

As temperatures soared on Friday night, the Pacific Northwest’s heat wave only got hotter as 12 of the best producers in Seattle went head-to-head at Red Bull Big Tune.  With more than 650 hip-hop fans in attendance at The War Room and a line around the block, the pounding bass kept heads nodding and made the balmy night bearable. Each of the 12 producers brought their own unique sound to the stage, but the night belonged to the youth, with both first and second place going to producers under the age of twenty-one.  Marcus D was crowned the Seattle winner, narrowly besting KDCutz, who took second place. Both top two producers have now earned their ticket to the national final in Atlanta later this year.
The Seattle battle marked the fourth stop in a series of eight regional beat competitions designed to find the most talented up-and-coming U.S. producer with the next “big tune.”  Modeled after Jamaican sound clashes, Red Bull Big Tune distinguishes itself from other beat battles by being a full-fledged producer program that both provides a platform for emerging talent and works to educate and inspire the next generation of music makers.  Upcoming regional battles include events in Long Beach, Detroit, Houston and Minneapolis.
“Before the event began, KDCutz and I decided we were going to be the last two standing, and it turned out we were,” said Marcus D.  “There were a lot of great beats played tonight, but the crowd was with me.  I’m so happy to have this opportunity and I’m excited to head to Atlanta!”
During a break in the beat battle, West Coast hip-hop legends BattleCat and DJ Quik took the stage to give a lesson on the evolution of hip-hop.  Both dug deep into their discography, treating fans to some well-known older cuts and also introducing them to new original material.  The crowd was in sheer awe at seeing the two legends taking turns playing tracks and reminiscing about the inspiration for creating them.
 Check all the Battles and last years winner C-Sick and his colaboration with NAS on


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