Of battles and beat downs: Milwaukee hip-hop events gear up for spring
As 2011 continues to settle in, it’s clear that Milwaukee’s hip-hop scene is headed for a stellar year—JC Poppe, Malicious, The Hollowz, Speak Easy, and Raze have already released solid albums or singles in the past few months. On the live front, the scene has been buoyed by the terrific Takeover Freestyle Battle and Miltown Beat Down, both of which will be buzzing with activity in the upcoming weeks and months.
The third entry in the Takeover Freestyle Battle is scheduled for April 15 at Stonefly, and will feature eight MCs squaring off on the mic. Malicious, Speak Easy, and AUTOMatic will also perform. In addition to music, the Battle will embrace other aspects of hip-hop culture—a “live art battle” and an “interactive graffiti wall” will keep the crowd busy throughout the night. No word yet on the amount of blustery indignation noted graffiti enthusiast Ald. Bob Donovan will almost certainly whip up.
The Miltown Beat Down, meanwhile, has recently begun accepting submissions for its 2011 competition. The event was created six years ago by Jordan Lee—a.k.a DJ Madhatter from the Rusty Ps—and grew out of his desire “to see more diversity and togetherness in Milwaukee’s hip-hop scene, a scene that historically has been both ethnically and stylistically segregated.” Hip-hop producers looking to showcase their stuff have until May 6 to toss their names in the ring. 16 finalists will be chosen, and four preliminary battles will take place May 12, 19, 26, and June 2 at The Jackalope Lounj/Wicked Hop. A registration form and more information can be found on the Beat Down’s website.