First hosted in London in 2010, the Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash has gradually become a staple on the international sound clash scene. With previous contestants like Major Lazer, Soul II Soul, and SMOG, as well as special surprise guests including Pusha T, the legendary Johnny Osbourne and Usher (doing a counter-action version of “Climax” on the everlasting “Stalag” riddim), Culture Clash is more than just one of the fiercest musical battles around. It’s a celebration of sound system culture and its ongoing influence on hip hop, dancehall and dance music. It’s a rare get-together of different genres and generations. And it’s probably the most entertainment one could cram into a four-hour show.
For this first New York edition, four of the city’s leading crews in reggae, electronic, hip hop and tropical bass face off at the venerable Roseland Ballroom. Max Glazer (the man behind New York’s heaviest bashment sessions and the brilliant Federation Sound podcast) with Kenny Meez; Trouble & Bass, the genre-defying, subwoofer-smashing Brooklyn label headed up by Drop The Lime; Young Guru and Just Blaze, the architects of Roc-A-Fella’s classic NYC hip hop sound and countless hits from Jay-Z to Rihanna; and Que Bajo?!, a collective known for starting full-on riots with their unique blend of cumbia, moombahton and Latin-fuelled rave sounds.
ROUND ONE – TEMPERATURE RISING
Crews play whatever floats their boats. No winner in this round. Federation Sound, Que Bajo, Just Blaze + Young Guru and Trouble & Bass battling it out in round 1!
ROUND TWO – THE SELECTOR
Crews are judged on tune selection and presentation. Competition is heating up as Just Blaze + Young Guru, Federation Sound, Que Bajo and Trouble & Bass go head-to-head in Round 2.. Guests include Flatbush Zombies, Tifa, Ricky Blaze, Wale & Pharoahe Monch!
ROUND THREE – SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY
Crews twist it up and play an opponent’s style of music. Things are getting SERIOUS in Round 3.. with guests Lady Leshurr, Jadakiss, Styles P, Dave Nada, Nina Sky & Kardinal Offishall!
ROUND FOUR – THE DECIDER
Dubplate specials and exclusive live performances only. Attention: this round counts double. Who wins? Well you will just have to watch to find out.. featuring guests Bun B, Raekwon, 2 Chainz, Villanosam, Magic Juan, Robin S & Cam’ron!