Well that went by quick!
The 2012 Miltown Beat Down preliminary rounds are officially over. What an amazing collection of producers we’ve had this year. Last night former Miltown Beat Down Champ JIHAD BARACUS came up to me and said, “the quality of beats this year has been better than ever!” I agree Jihad… I agree.
This last night of battles, was without a doubt the best night of the month. We had some of the highest scores of the event, we also saw more live performances than any year, more hardware, and even some Miltown Beat Down firsts!
TradeMark  vs. Oh James
This battle was an exciting way to kick of the night. Miltown Beat Down veteran TradeMark had his musical knives sharpened to battle MTBD new comer Oh James! This was a very close battle at first, but TradeMark sealed the deal when he sampled ME! He took a sample of my address to the crowd in an earlier battle, and used this quote against Oh James! That’s a first! Congrats TradeMark.
O.V.A. vs *hitmayng
These fellas pulled out the gear last night as *hitmayng rocked his midi keyboard with Ableton Live andO.V.A. battled with his 8 track Tascam ( which by the way, was THE best sounding piece of hardware we have heard all month. Who would’ve thought that would’ve been the case, but it was crispy clean!) Both had bangin’ beats, but *hitmayng’s live performance came up with a few more points, and moved on to the semi-finals.
40 Mil  vs. DJ Grand Master O 
The people’s champ, 40 Mil had his work cut out for him with this battle. New comer, DJ Grand Master O was dressed for battle, literally. His extra bling, was actually well complimented by his live manipulation of his beats. Using the Numark NS6, he did a great job of remixing, juggling, chopping and screwing his own beats. 40 Mil’s approach was a little more simple… PLAY HIT $#*!… That approach worked, and he moved on to the semi-finals.
Klassik  vs. B-Luv 
This was THE BEST BATTLE OF THE YEAR!
Klassik makes his Miltown Beat Down debut with a live performance on his Axiom keyboard. In a very gutsy move, he played the melodies for much of his beats live. MTBD veteran B-Luv, went for more of an army tank approach to his battle. With heavy beats and sure-fire hotness, he had one of the highest scores in the competition. This battle went into extra rounds, and it boiled down to that last beat. B-Luv had a little less fire in the last round, and Klassik moved on to the semi-finals.
Thank you Milwaukee, this year’s battles were some of the most exciting we’ve had in 7 years. Producers are really stepping up the performances and catering their beats to the battle format. It makes me proud that Milwaukee is producing such high quality music. We will see you at the semi-finals on September 7th at the Moct in Milwaukee’s 5th ward!
*picture love from JBizznezz at MODA3