Mochilla Presents DJ Dusk's Root Down Soundclash
|Title:||Mochilla Presents DJ Dusk's Root Down Soundclash|
|Author:||Cross, Brian "B+"|
In 2001, the Los Angeles club the Root Down put on their first of a three part series called "Sound Clash." It featured Madlib and Cut Chemist going head to head; beat for beat for respect in front of a packed club. Each of the tracks had never been released and with each of the three rounds, the excitement rose. The last round unleashed a partisan celebration from the captivated crowd and it was a beautiful underground Hip Hop moment. Mochilla founders, Coleman and B+, went to the first round with their Sony PC100 single chip cameras with intentions of trying out their new toys; however, "It wasn't until afterwards that we put both cameras on the floor, rewound the tapes and played them in sync that we realized we might have something." Root Down, approximately a year later, organized the second battle. Round Two featured a pre-multi-platinum Will.I.Am and Thes One and again, both Mochilla founders duly attended with the aforementioned cameras and caught the entire night's proceedings. The drama and controversy of Round Two with huge aesthetic differences on display as well as the theatrics of clothes being taken off and ludicrous names made the night a talking point in Los Angeles to this day in beat maker circles. The last battle featured Oh No and Exile in 2003 and with a relatively dignified display by the youngest pairing of the three, they closed the series with good music and much respect. Mochilla never intended to release this DVD but since the tragic passing of DJ Dusk, they felt it was important to honor his legacy and share his gifts. This is for him: no edits, no overdubs, and no interruptions - just raw Hip Hop at its most exciting, vital and real.
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