Producers Battle Head-To-Head at Red Bull Big Tune Minneapolis
The line wrapped around First Avenue last night as crowds eagerly awaited the doors to open for Red Bull Big Tune. More than 1,100 people came to support their favorite local producers as they competed for the best beats of the night.
Competition was tough as returning champions went head-to-head with new faces all hungry for the title and a spot in the National Finals coming to Chicago this November. Red Bull Big Tune was an opportunity for these musicians to showcase their talent at a historic and iconic venue.
“Win or lose, this will be the best night of my life. To play my beats in front of an audience with some of the best artists around is amazing,” said Bobby Raps who was selected to join the competition after a community outreach session on Thursday afternoon which brought together top producers and local boys and girls to discuss the art of producing music.
After two rounds of battles and a wildcard vote, the third and final round brought together two fierce returning competitors, G Mo and Nicademus, both local favorites, and both returning champions from last year.
This was not a shy crowd, they were roaring for their favorites before the show began. And, when it was time to make final decision the audience was sure that G MO was their favorite. Both producers will advance to the Red Bull Big Tune National Championship in Chicago in November, 2010.
The twelve Twin Cities’ qualifier producers included: G MO, Sinister Grinch, J-Mac, PC, Medium Zac, Nicademus, Nascent, Lazerbeak, Young Federal, Bobby Raps, Lex Luther and Prime Cut.
The party didn’t stop after the competition was over. A featured performance by DJ Premier kept the crowd going late into the night. DJ Premier was titled the best HipHop producer of all time by RollingStone.
Big Tune Breakdown
The event marked the seventh stop 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 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 their choice in the prestigious Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica, CA. Past winners have collaborated with Young Buck, Nas and Ghostface.
For the past two years, the Red Bull Big Tune finals have aired on national television networks accompanied by a documentary web series. Beyond the national exposure, participants benefit from the support of artists such as Ninth Wonder, DJ Quik, Hi-Tek, J-Rocc, Freeway, Just Blaze, DJ Premier, Nas, Young Buck, Ghostface, Black Milk, Sean Price, Evidence, Chali2na, De La Soul, Jake One, and Alchemist through performance, collaboration or mentorship opportunities.
Visit www.redbullbigtune.com to learn more and to find out who will earn the title of Red Bull Big Tune National Champion in November.