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.
The fourth evening of battles in the 2014 Miltown Beat Down featured DJ/Producer Moses, MTBD veteran Soul Trak and was dominated by two dynamic producers; Bennie D and *hitmayng. Live scratching, creative synthesizer performance and technical difficulties were some of the highlights of the night.
Here is how it went down..
Round 1: *hitmayng  VS Bennie D 
If there was ever a battle that was too close to call, it was our first round. New comer Bennie D brought a high impact and high energy style that was tough for the seasoned MTBD vet *hitmayng. Now Bennie is no battle rookie, but the crowd didn’t know what to expect from the new producer. He caught everyone’s attention right away. Riddled with technical difficulty, *hitmayng simply closed his laptop and freaked some beats on his SP-404. In the history of this event, producers with this much technical woes have bowed out, or just lost. But *hitmayng fought through it, and WON his first round of battle.
Round 2: Soul Trak  VS Moses 
Armed to the teeth, with turntables, scratch records and fresh beats, rookie Moses made quite the impression on the crowd in his first Miltown Beat Down appearance. Soul Trak and Moses had almost opposite styles. While Moses focused on funky samples and big bass, Soul Track showed us he was a synth guru. The crowd seemed with Moses from the jump, while the judges seemed to be impressed with Soul Trak’s unique style. A close one, but Moses came out on top.
Round 3: *hitmayng  VS Soul Trak 
After some computer TLC, *hitmayng returned ready to win in his second appearance. Soul Trak brought a variety of new sounds we’d not heard on the MTBD stage this year. While he won over many of the judges, Soul Trak was no match for *hitmayng’s slumpy and fat sound.
Round 4: Bennie D  VS Moses 
Rookies Bennie D and Moses faced off in the fourth round of battle with a completely different approach. Mosese was trying to get the audience hype to his energetic style and dynamic scratch techniques. While Bennie D played it cool, and let the beats do all the work for him. Bennie threw out a few flips that won over the judges and the crowd ( that wasn’t yelling for Moses ).
Round 5: Bennie D  VS Soul Trak 
Bennie D stepped back into the ring to face Soul Trak in their final appearance of the night. Bennie wasn’t just going for the win, he was throwing everything he had at em. While Soul Trak definitely brought some of his best beats in this last round, Bennie D flipped a Daft Punk classic into a hip-hop / house hybrid that took him over the top with the crowd.
Round 6: *hitmayng  VS Moses 
Off stage, these two are friends and collaborators, but in the ring of battle, there were no holds barred. Moses was ready to out perform *hitmayng, but unfortunately for Moses, *hitmayng’s computer was back up and running. We can only imagine the heat that *hitmayng was planning to bring in the competition, because the three beats he played in this round nearly started a riot! Moses, a true master of ceremonies, got the audience so into what he was doing, that we had to go into a tie breaker #beatoff. After 4 beats, *hitmayng came out on top.
With a total score of 1,322 *hitmayng was runner-up to Bennie D’s impressive final score of 1,351.
Bennie D moves on to the finals at the Miramar Theater on November 8th 2014.
After a month of battles, we are back again for Round 5 of the 2013 Miltown Beat Down. The April 2nd battle featured Jazzward, KC, Cope Spoke and Soul Trak. This evening had a wide range of sounds and styles, but the sample heavy big beats of JAZZWARD came out on top.
Here is out recap…
Here are the scores:
10:00 JazzWard  vs Soul Trak 
10:20 Cope Spoken  vs KC 
10:40 JazzWard  vs Cope Spoken 
11:00 Soul Trak  vs KC 
11:20 Soul Trak  vs Cope Spoken 
11:40 JazzWard  vs KC 
Jazzward will move on to the finals on May 3rd at Turner Hall. Tickets are available now for the 2013 grand finale featuring DJ Shadow! CLICK HERE.
It’s finally here… The very first Miltown Beat Down Beat Tape.
This project is the result of a dynamic group of Wisconsin based music producers, using the platform of competition to create artistic collaboration. Spearheaded by producer D-Ski The Ill Eagle, the first ever MTBD producers beat tape covers a wide range of styles and musical talents.
The Miltown Beat Down is Milwaukee’s longest running beat battle and has seen over 100 of the region’s top producers compete over the past 8 years. This collaboration of some of the event’s champions and finalists, represents the cream of the crop if Milwaukee’s production scene.