DMX, Pusha T, George Clinton and B-Real guest-starred in the third round. Listen to it now.
Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash, the unique music competition that pits four extremely diverse DJ collectives (and their soundsystems) against each other in one loud arena to battle for audience favor, has had a long history of A-list surprise guests (2 Chainz in NYC, Usher in London). But nothing could've prepared us for the firepower that hit the stage in the Los Angeles edition in 2012.
It all began in the third round when the Friends of Friends crew brought out Pusha T, who immediately launched into his 'Mercy' verse. Dim Mak's special guest, DMX, topped that with a hard-hitting set of classics, including 'Ruff Ryders Anthem,' 'Where The Hood At' and some acapellas. Dubstep crew SMOG, the eventual winners, then filled their stage with the Street Drum Corps, which led to the introduction of Cypress Hill's B-Real, who slayed a version of 'How I Could Just Kill A Man.' But the biggest music icon was yet to come.
After SMOG ended their set, Parliament-Funkadelic legend George Clinton entered the stage with his friends from Jeffree’s, laying down some Parliament classics. Listen to the entire 45-minute round above.
The Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash, which has gradually become a staple on the international sound clash scene since its inception in London in 2010, hits Miami on Thursday with four local powerhouse teams: Slow Roast Records, Basshead Music, Moombahton Massive and the Black Chiney DJ Collective, teaming up with Eccentrix Sound. Get tickets here.
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