In our last night of the 2014 Miltown Beat Down Preliminary Rounds, we reached our closest score of the entire competition.
Here’s how the points added up…
Battle One : Sumthin Gunny  VS Lex Luther 
New comer Sumthin Gunny stepped to the stage with some freshman jitters, but still wowed the judges with his slumpy and gritty sounds. Former MTBD champions and seasoned battle veteran Lex Luther was ready to show the audience some his his new styles. With a close battle of 326 to 383, Lex Luther won the first round.
Battle Two : Fooki  VS Martie McFly 
Rookies Fooki and Martie McFly each took a very different approach to the battle format. Martie was confident and braggadocious, while Fooki was clam, cool and collected. These two had very differnt styles, which made for a very fun battle. While Martie brought a lot of energy and huge sounds, Fooki’s “Speak Softly and Carry a Big Beat” mentality won over the crowd and the judges in this round.
Battle Three: Sumthin Gunny  VS Fooki 
After a few trip ups in his first round, Sumthin Gunny came back to the stage with guns blazing. His #bizzonface inducing, stanky funk was tough even for Fooki. This battle was like Jupiter vs. Mars. While Fooki’s spcey trap-inspired sounds were out there, Gunny was light years away with his future funk. Gunny won this battle with a score of 404, while using his SP404. HA!
Battle Four: Lex Luther  VS Martie McFly 
Battle vet Lex, wasn’t afraid to try some new approaches to his battle technique in this round. Martie was on point with great samples, and HUGE drums. Lex decided to flip his usual boom-bap style, and surprised everyone with some slow tempo bangers. A close battle but Lex pulled out another win with a score of 412.
Battle Five: Sumthin Gunny  VS Martie McFly 
Martie McFly stepped it up in his last round on stage, and racked the highest single round score of the night in this battle. Gunny seemed a little out if it in his last appearance of the night, and his space daze worked against him. Martie however was floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee. With only a ten point differential, Martie McFly won with a high score of 426!
Battle Six: Lex Luther  VS Fooki 
In the last battle of the 2014 prelims, front runners Fooki and Lex Luther brought the heat! Lex proved his mastery of the MPC, and knocked the speakers to the max, while Fooki surprised the crowd with big electronic sounds from the future. This battle was WAY to close to call, and we went to a tie breaker #beatoff. After 8 beats, Lex only won this battle by 8 points!
Lex Luther gets another shot at the crown, but only by a margin of 4 points. Honorable mention goes to Fooki, who would’ve won the whole thing if he’s scored a mere 1.5 more points per round. That’s a close one y’all. Lex Luther tries to win another Miltown Beat Down championship on November 8th at the Miramar Theater.
Our 7th night of competition was the closest battle we’ve had all year. The evening ended with a double tie breaker bout, and our winner was crowned by a margin of only 13 points. That’s close!
Here is how it all went down…
Mike-A-Knight  VS Mil Yezzy 
Battle veteran Mike-A-Knight came ready to battle in his return to the MTBD. He told us before he got on stage, that he was going to surprise all of us. And he sure did. In his first battle against rookie Mil Yezzy, Mike scored over 100 points more than his opponent. Quite the impressive first round for Mike.
Came One  VS Coby 
2012 Miltown Beat Down champion Came One returned to the ring to face rookie Coby. We don’t think Came One was exactly ready for what Coby was going to bring to the competition. We have seen live beats through out the years of this competition, but nothing like what Coby brought to this battle. He expertly executed his beats, changed tempos and freaked his patterns with skill. He beat the 2012 champ in this round, and set the stage for an exciting night of battles.
Coby  VS Mike-A-Knight 
Mike-A-Knight seemed much more prepared to battle Coby in round three. He brought undeniable heat and exciting sounds that captivated the audience. Coby’s performance was technically perfect, but lacked some of the excitement he brought in the last round. The crowd was with Mike in this round, and so were the judges. Mike won his second battle of the night, with a score of 426.
Came One  VS Mil Yezzy 
Mil Yezzy stepped it up in his second bout of the night, but he was always a few steps behind Came One in this battle. You could see that Came One was not happy to have lost his first round, and he came at his opponent with everything he had. Racking up an impressive 430, Came One was the victor in this round.
Coby  VS Mil Yezzy 
Coby was ready to leave his mark on this event, and he did so in a big way for his final appearance. He performed his three beats flawlessly and even used some clever samples to keep the audience on his side through out this round. Coby ended up with the highest score of the entire night, and beat Mil Yezzy with a total of 464 out of 495 points. Impressive!
Came One  VS Mike-A-Knight 
At this point in the night, Mike and Came One both knew they needed to win this final battle. If you were keeping score, Mike was only ahead of Came One by a few points. That number remained close through out this final round. Each producer brought the hotness, and after 3 beats each, we went into a tie breaker #beatoff.
Then after the tie breaker, we went into another round of beats! The audience was split on this one, and we were biting our nails to see how the scores would come back.
After all added up, Mike-A-Knight won two battles and racked up 1,294 points. Came One also had two victories, but scored a 13 more points than the mighty Mike-A-Knight to win with a total of 1307. Came One returns to the Miltown Beat Down finals on November 8th, as he tries to be the first to win this competition two times.
Our 6th evening of battle in the 2014 competition saw a few (almost perfect scores) from young sensation Auggie and the talented rookie Strehlow. With exciting new sounds from rookie KT KILLIN EM and dynamic performances from Elete Trax; this was our favorite night of battle so far!
Round1: Auggie  vs Elete Trax 
Battle vets Elete Trax and Auggie know how to win at the Miltown Beat Down. Both have found themselves in the finals in year’s past, so we knew the night would start off with some bangers. Elete brought his sample savvy funk, while Auggie hit us with some tempos and sounds we’ve never heard before. After 6 beats, Elete Trax came out ahead in the first battle.
Round 2: Strehlow  vs KT Killin Em 
Miltown Beat Down rookies Strehlow and KT we ready to show the crowd what they were packing in round 2. KT hit us up with some dark and bass heavy beats that explained exactly why he goes under the moniker KT Killin Em. Then Strehlow showed how he lives up the MTBD motto, “Speak Softly and Carry a Big Beat.” He brought a big beat, then another and another. He kept that stride though out the battle, and won his first battle by a large lead.
Round 3: Auggie  vs KT Killin Em 
Auggie had some ground to make up in the second battle. While KT kept coming at Auggie with dark trap tempo beats, Auggie’s unique sounds and samples impressed the judges and the crowd. He seemed to draw from a style of electronic music we were not ready for, and when we got the groove, it captivated everyone. Auggie racked up an impressive 446 points, and won that round.
Round 4: Strehlow  vs Elete Trax 
Elete Trax knew he had his work cut out for him in round four, but little did we know he had a few tricks up his sleeve. ( or rather in his pocket ). Strehlow again raised the bar on sound, creativity and crowd participation, getting pretty much everyone in the room to OOH and AHH at every beat he played. By the time we reached the end of the battle, Elete said, “Fuck It’ and pulled out his phone. Now this would usually be a cheesy and poor decision to make, but Elete Trax wowed everyone in the room, when he perfectly executed a live beat from 16 pads on his Samsung! With both producers scoring over 400 points in this round, Strehlow won with a total of 465.
ROund 5: Elete Trax  vs KT Killin Em 
Riding high from the reception he received in the last round of battle, Elete Trax brought some very creative beats in his battle against KT. Their styles were very different, and each brought his A game for this last appearance on stage. Without a doubt, the reason Elete Trax won this battle, was his live manipulation of his beats. He beat KT with a score of 394.
Round 6: Strehlow  vs Auggie 
Strehlow and Auggie were without a doubt the most sonically dynamic producers on the stage in night six. Each of them saved their best for last, and brought the energy level up to 11 in this last bout. Auggie’s playlist was loaded with huge synths and more high energy electronic vibes. But Strehlow was not bowing down. He proved that he deserved this win, and expertly orchestrated a completely original style of chill tempo high energy beats. The crowd had a really difficult time picking a winner for this battle, and we went into a MTBD#beatoff. With a total of 8 beats in this bout, Strehlow came out on top.
In his final appearance of the night, Strehlow got a damn near perfect score, 479 out of 495. With a grand total of 1,392, our winner for round six is Strehlow. He will compete with the top 8 producers in the 2014 Finals, on November 8th at the Miramar Theater.
We enter the month of October with another dynamic night of beats. The 5th round of the 2014 Miltown Beat Down featured battle vets Oh James, Drewcifier, ediS-B, and the 2014 rookie of the year ( so far ) B4Lazers.
Here is how it all went down.
Round 1: ediS-B  VS B4Lasers 
If we could’ve known in advance how dynamic this battle was going to be, we would have saved it for the end of the night. ediS-B and rookie b4Lazers came out swinging in our first round of the night. B4Lazers got the crowd chanting and moving within the first few kick drums. ediS-B was ready and brought a three pack of dirty and dark beats that won over the crowd and judges.
Round 2: Drewcifer  VS Oh James 
Both Drewcifer and Oh James have been on this MTBD stage in the past, but neither of them brought as much excitement in the past, as they did in this round. Drewcifier blurred genre lines with his eletro inspired rap beats, while Oh James brought bis bass and some real cool samples. This was a VERY close battle, and Drewcifier won by only a 3 point margin.
Round 3: ediS-B  VS Drewcifer 
Drewcifier and ediS-B each tried a new approach in this round. While ediS-B gave us some more abstract beats, Drewcifer went even deeper into his biggest bass. The diversity of styles in this round was impressive, but the energy was a bit lower than either of their previous appearances on stage.
Round 4: B4Lasers  VS Oh James 
Rookie B4Lazers hit his stride late in the night, and was ready to stomp out his competition. While Oh James was ready with some of the best beats we’ve ever heard from him. His flip of SNAP’s “I’ve Got The Power” was one our our personal highlights of the night. While Oh James had his highest score of the night in this round, B4Lazers won over the crowd and the judges in this round.
Round 5: B4Lasers  VS Drewcifer 
This was a particularly interesting battle. The energy was on a dynamic incline from the first beats of the bout, and came to a (personally” disappointing end. We knew these producers had some heat left in there collections, and we asked them to give us each one additional beat to help the judges decide who the winner of this battle. After four beats a piece, rookie B4Lazers pulled out another win.
Round 6: ediS-B  VS Oh James 
In our last bout, each producer took a much different approach to their finale. While Oh James opted to use well knone samples like Norah Jones, Coldplay and Street Fight II sounds; ediS-B pulled out a patch work of hard beats and diss samples that were reminiscent of early Dr Dre and Bomb Squad tracks. While Oh James score high for sound quality, ediS-B won over the crowd and scored high in the creativity category.
In the end rookie B4Lazers only lost to one producer, and that producer was our overall point leader ediS-B. With a score of 1,197 and three batttle victories, edis-B moves on to the 2014 finals on November 8th at the Miramar Theater.