The Space City Beat Battle (SCBB) returns for it’s eighteenth iteration on November 15th at Warehouse Live in Downtown.  Fresh off a major showcase in Atlanta, Georgia at the A3C Hip-Hop Festival (largest hip-hop festival in the US), this phenomenon has paved the way for emerging music producers and beat makers.  While participating at this major event, they represented for Houston amongst the most influential in the nation.  It is very awe inspiring to know that our city is thriving on the outside.

SCBB began in 2010 to provide a stage for music makers that normally don’t get the same shine as rappers and singers that can’t operate without their sound creations.  Each event also serves as a power-networking mixer for the local entertainment scene, which is one of the reasons for it’s continued success.

The event consists of a round robin style competition of prepared instrumentals in which each producer must play their best beats or risk getting cut.  The victor gets a prize pack consisting of various gifts from clothing to music equipment.

Celebrity guest producers and local luminaries serve as judges to choose who moves on to the next round and eventually the championship battle.  Major industry heavyweights have been involved with SCBB including Scarface (Geto Boys, Def Jam South), DJ Scratch (EPMD, Busta Rhymes), S1 (produced Power for Kayne West, Won a Grammy with Beyonce, Jay Z), Focus… (Marsha Ambrosius, Dr. Dre), Ski Beatz (Jay-Z, Currency), !llMind (Kanye, Jay Z), Denaun Porter (Eminem, D12) and guest appearances from Paul Wall and Bun B to say the least.

The brand is preparing for it’s fifth year by kicking off it’s philanthropic effort titled, BEAT Cancer, which will fundraise to combat childhood cancer.  Soon after that the SCBB crew will be preparing for it’s third year as an official showcase at the vast South By Southwest Music Festival in March held in Austin, Texas.

The level of talent in Houston is tremendous and the Space City Beat Battle continues to showcase the multitude.  Though it remains a very niche event, beat battles have been around for many, many years as a sort of hip-hop sub-genre.  This episode features special guest judges The ARE, who has produced for LL Cool J, Keyshia Cole, Earth, Wind and Fire plus Nicki Minaj; rap artist Mr. Wired Up (Rap artist, songwriter, CEO of TRP Records, #stripclubjunkie); and veteran deejay/producer DJ Cozmos (Veteran DJ and Producer, 1/3 of Radio Galaxy, The Hue).

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