Registration opened yesterday for the 2010 Miltown Beat Down Beat Battle. As we expected, the new style of competition has brought up a number of questions. The ARRANGEMENT battle is a new approach to the Hip Hop beat battle. We’ve seen so many battles over the past years, where “celebrity” producers get on stage and someone plays “their” beats from a CDj or even worse, the Dj booth. While the energy of the beat is the determining factor in who wins any beat battle, we have always strived to offer a more in depth approach to the beat battle format.
This year’s ARRANGEMENT battle was inspired by Madhatter and Kid Cut Up’s days of DMC Dj battles. In the late 90′s there was nothing more exciting than a good DJ battle. The DMC formula challenged DJs to keep the crowd entertained for more than just one little routine. We’ve taken that idea and applied it to the beat battle.
In the ARRANGEMENT BATTLE producers have to weave their beats together into a high energy presentation. The goal is to show diversity, sonic prowess and to be clever in how the beats are presented to the audience.
Madhatter has been putting together a few examples of how it WOULD MAYBE sound if some of his favorite producers entered the battle…
Here is his mix of J Dilla beats mixed in the ARRANGEMENT BATTLE format.
- At least 3 minutes long, but no longer than 4 minutes.
- Must Contain at least 3 original compositions or beats ( more are encouraged )
- Must be mixed down to one MP3 or WAV file