WondaGurl wins 2012 Battle of the Beat Makers [Review]
Toronto, ON – On August 18th, 32 young aspiring producers showcased their skills through 5 rounds of competition at the 8th annual Battle of the Beat Makers (BBM) at the Opera House in Toronto. The event was hosted by comedian TRIXX and featured three guest judges; Toronto rapper JD Era, East Coast DJ and producer Statik Selektah and rapper Skyzoo from Brooklyn. DJ Mensa, P-Plus, Beanz Daddy and Romeo were on the one’s and two’s.
Each producer was called to the stage to face their competitor, and with a good ol’ fashioned coin toss it was determined who played their beats first. It took about 3 hours to get through the entire competition but there were definitely some knock-outs. Read more after the jump.
WondaGurl wins 2012 Battle of the Beat Makers
Two of the battle’s youngest producers, WondaGurl and FrancisGotHeat, both only 15-years-old, faced off against each other in the first round with heavy beats. Unfortunately, only one of them could move on to the next round and that ended up being WondaGurl. TRIXX respectfully praised them both for being so driven at such a young age and he also pointed out that they’ll probably never have to work a summer job in their teenage years. “Fuck summer jobs!” TRIXX kept saying.
Fan favourite and 2011 semi-finalist ThrizzoBeat Boss returned to the competition with his quirky stage act to showcase his electro, house and dubstep beats. He didn’t make it past the first round, however his beats and energy were entertaining. TRIXX noted to Thrizzo that “you can’t score according to dance moves”.
An Ajax, Ontario native by the name of Metcalfe and Toronto’s Duke Dinero were two other producers that made waves this year. Dinero made it to the semi-finals with his hard hitting and intricate beats. He brings nothing but heat and he’s no stranger to BBM. Last year he was a finalist and also a 2x semi-finalist in previous battles. The place went wild for Metcalfe as he surprised them with his trap beats. I guess you could say that he doesn’t strike you as the type to make trap beats. Either way, the crowd roared for his 75 beats per minute (BPM) instrumentals and he just stood there showing barely any emotion with his game face on, un-phased by the positive response.
Throughout the night there were performances by Toronto’s Rich Kidd, the youngins from ΒΛΚΞΓ$CLUB, Raz Fresco and The 6th Letter, and Skyzoo.
Big shouts to all the producers who took part in the fierce battle, especially stand-out performances by High Score (who eliminated Thrizzo), up and comer Sevn Thomas, Neutronz, Super Smash Bros. and Jama of the Showboiz.
For the final round, it came down to WondaGurl and Mr. Magicc, the Battle of the Beat Makers 2011 winner and defending champion. [Click here for an interview with Mr. Magicc about becoming champion in 2011].
Both producers are incredibly talented but, in the end, it was WondaGurl who claimed the 2012 title and also the distinction of being youngest producer to ever win the competition. Between both finalists, they took home $10,000 in cash and prizes. Congratulations to WondaGurl on her well deserved win and to Magicc for an impressive run 2 years in a row.
Shout-out to Sound Supremacy for putting on this event once again and giving exposure to all the talented producers in Canada. Sound Supremacy is already preparing for the 2013 battle so stay tuned for details.
Written by Natasha Paolini for HipHopCanada
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Tags: Battle of the Beat Makers, Beanz Daddy, DJ Mensa, DJ P-Plus, DJ Romeo, Duke Dinero, JD Era, Metcalfe, Mr. Magicc, Raz Fresco, Rich Kidd, Sevn Thomas, Skyzoo, Sound Supremacy, Statik Selektah, The 6th Letter, The Bakers Club, Thrizzo, TRIXX, WondaGurl