atypicalLIVING covers… Trip The Lights: Beat Root Grand Championship

img_4687.jpgFunny thing happened on the way to Trip The Lights: I actually had a class to go to. Obviously, that was the least of my concerns, as I was trying to get through that to get to the real reason for the Leap Day, Trip The Lights: Beat Root Grand Championship.

And what an event it was! Six of Hawaii’s illest producers went toe-to-toe for the ultimate prize: The Beat Root King of Kings title. Ques?, Opposite, Laels Beats, STU, Humdrummin, and Sentr1c. All vied for the crown through the traditional 6-4-2-1 Beat Root format. The formula had a twist, however, as the first round consisted of the producers’ first beat, along with a remix of Tropea’s “The Bratt.” That part of round 1 wasn’t judged, though it was safe to say that through crowd participation Laels definitely took that round.

Props to DJ Memoir for the video.

Anyway, I was going to do some straightforward coverage of the event, but when you got Honozooloo in the house rocking the spot, that kinda let me be a little bit more… ummm… “creative” with the coverage.

So, seeing as how Vitamin Water was one of the principle sponsors for the event, I decided to have a little fun. In no way is the coverage here a promo for Vitamin Water, but… if anyone there wants to hook a homie up with a couple cases, you know where I can be reached.

So, props to Aaron from Honozooloo for the legit coverage of the event and props to everyone who decided to be a part of my little experiment for the evening. And props to the unnamed bottle of revive Vitamin Water for being so cooperative in the shots.

OH! And extra props to whoever it was that drank the said bottle of Vitamin Water in the green room. I just walked outside for a second to take flicks of the blackbook winner. I returned to the bottle opened and half drank, which kinda killed the shots for the rest of the night. Oh well, at least I got what I wanted to get out of it.

The night also featured performances by The Perfect Median, Rhyme Da Old Man and Hidden habitats (Timer, Omega6, and DJ Bumblebee).

The battles were hot and heavy between all the producers. With Sentr1c, Laels and Ques? making it out of the first round and Opposite making it out of the second chance round. After some close calls, Ques? came out on top as the Beat Root Grand Champion. The night was finished off by the Sideroad records crew of Joe Dub, Factor, Def3, Kay the Aquanaut, and Forgetful Jones.

Anyway, you can check out the atypicalLIVING coverage/promo on the atpicalLIVING flickr page.

You can also check out the excellent Honozooloo coverage here.

Finally, you can check out all the latest from the lightsleepers here.

Finally (again), congratulations are in order for the Omo family for welcoming baby Koltrane into the world. Props to Kav and Chels for their newest addition!