We kicked off the 2014 Miltown Beat Down with another amazing night of Milwaukee producers. The 9th annual event featured seasoned MTBD veteran Trademark, super production team The Beat Council, and battle rookies DMT and GRRTELL.
Round 1: The Beat Council  VS Trademark 
Trademark has participated in this event over the past several years, and has proven to be a force to be reckoned with. He stepped up first to take on The Beat Council. This was a great way to kick off the night with high energy, quality beats from both sides of the table. At the end of 6 beats, Trademark won the battle by only a 4 point margin! Close battle for sure.
Round 2: DMT  VS GrrTell 
Newcomers DMT and GRRTELL stepped in the ring for the second battle of the night. GRRTELL brought a new sound, we’ve not heard in the MTBD. A kind of hybrid of UK Jump Up, Trap and Glitch. It was well received by the audience, but was not getting as many hands up, as the future street-rap beats of DMT. With a score of 425, DMT won that one.
Round 3: The Beat Council  VS DMT 
In a more stylistically matched bout, The Beat Council crew almost seemed ready for DMT. They brought some of their newest tracks, including some beats they created for the new Rusty Ps record. DMT and his MC Pharoah Mac have been working on some new material as well, based on the beats we heard from DMT. The crowd was close on this one, but DMT pulled ahead with a score of 407.
Round 4: Trademark  VS GrrTell 
In the fourth match, Trademark again proves what a problem he can be for any beat battle contestant. He brought out some big sounding beats, but so GRRTELL. As the pace of this battle continued to elevate, GRTELL opted to dig into more of his bass heavy production and won over the crowd with a score of 398.
Round 5: The Beat Council  VS GrrTell 
They saved their beats for last in the fifth round of battle. The Beat Council had some amazing street anthem rap beats, with huge drums and big bass. GRRTELL looked to be behind The Council, but tapped into some of that newer face meltin’ electronic trap sound. It worked! The audience got pretty hype in the round, and GRRTELL comes out with a win a mere 10 points ahead of The Beat Council
Round 6: Trademark  VS DMT 
The audience was ready to turn it up a notch, and this battle brought it! Trademark came out swinging, and flipped samples that will forever change how I listen to Stax Records. DMT was determined to pull out one last victory, and so was his camp! His beats were high energy, and his crew was chanting the hooks and screaming his name throughout the final round of competition.
In the end DMT not only won all three rounds of competition, but he also tallied up the highest score of the evening as well. With a total of 1,252 DMT will move on the the finals at the Miramar Theater on November 8th