The Jobbie Crew was fortunate enough to hang out with our man Diarra “Uncle P” Collazo, founder of DetroitRap.com, and bear witness to some outstandingly talented producers at DetroitRap.com’s annual March Madness Producer Beat Battle last Saturday!
In fact, the competition went so well, Uncle P is making this a monthly event at The Bullfrog Bar & Grill in Redford.
Every 1st Saturday of the month, from 9pm-2am, you can come experience some of the best beat-making talent in the country right here.
Uncle P has created a bracket-style competition where producers are matched up against each other via brackets drawn in sharpie on a white dry-erase board.
Each producer gets one minute per beat and there are two beats each per battle. Producers face each other on-stage and the winner is judged by audience response and a small panel of industry experts.
As producers are eliminated, the winner of the Final Battle Round wins a custom Wrestlemania-style belt and the prize package includes a recording studio session.
DJ P-Dog the turntable bully was the official quarter-flipper and kept things going. Uncle P was the emcee.
The first battle was Don Productions who came all the way from Chicago, v.s. Darnell “Blizzard” McConnell, a Detroit native who was wearing a full Japanese samurai outfit.
“It’s about to get nasty!”
Every single producer who competed was very talented. We especially enjoyed Blizzard, Chris Wellz, Josh “Genius” Zimmerman, Brett Fullerton, Don Productions, Ray Horatio of Tue the Underground Engineers, etc.
The winners move onto the next round, however, there were many instances when the crowd could not decide who won, so each producer had to play a 30-second tie breaker beat.
In addition to crafting killer beats, the best producers were often the most animated and lively on-stage with good showmanship.
Towards the end, Don Productions and Chris Wellz had a great battle that went on for 4 rounds! Wellz finally won, then faced Blizzaard in the Final Battle Round.
After several excellent rounds and truly outstanding beats from both, Detroit native Chris Wellz won the belt. It was a well-deserved win.
Uncle P said it best, “There’s not many outlets for these producers to get they shine on but all of them are talented and there’s plenty of other talent out there as well. So come on out, come compete, come have some fun with all of us and whatever you do: just bring that fire, dog!”
After the competition is over, there’s a Midnight Cipher, a rap freestyle open session, which is open to anyone from the general public who wants to get on the mic and flow.
Another cool thing is that you get to hangout and talk to and interact with all the producers and everyone in the club after the show. We had a lot of fun. So come out and have a great time!
Monthly Producer Beat Battles @ The Bullfrog in Redford
Contact Uncle P if you want to compete in the Beat Battle:
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