The Redbull Big Tune Beat Battle National Championships came to Seattle’s Neumo’s pitting the top two producers from each Big Tune city against each other. 12 individuals from 6 different cities (Houston,
New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, and Chicago), went head to head, showcasing their hottest beats for the title of the country’s best beatmaker. The night was hosted by superstar Northwest producers Vitamin D and Jake One, and featured performances by Just Blaze and De La Soul. The
winner received recording gear and a choice to record at the new Red Bull studios in LA with their choice of Redman, Young Buc, or Talib Kweli.
Seattle DJ/ Producer Sabzi (from Blue Scholars and Common Market) took 1st place in a landslide, proving the exploding hip hop scene in the Northwest is real and going national. Earlier this year Blue Scholars released Bayani on Rawkus/Massline with much critical acclaim. It debuted at # 37 on the Billboard Hip Hopchart and #25 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, as well as reaching #9 on the iTunes Hip Hop chart and #1 on the Amazon West Coast Hip Hop Best Sellers chart. In addition, the critically lauded album spent 6 weeks at #1 on the CMJ Hip Hop chart.
Blue Scholars are gearing up for the release of their digital-only EP, Joe Metro, which will be available November 6th and will be hitting the road throughout the Midwest and West Coast for the remainder of 2007.