Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Battle of the Beatmakers 2012: 15-yr old Wondagurl Takes the Crown


From a media release:

WondaGurl becomes youngest to take
Battle of the Beat Makers crown
15-Year Old Impresses Celebrity Judges to win
2012 producer competition

September 3, 2012 – (Toronto, Canada) –
This year’s Battle of the Beat Makers producer retreat culminated with an intense final round competition between last year’s reigning champion, Mr. Magic, and this year’s new crowned winner, 15-year-old WondaGurl, who competed for the first time in 2011.

“It feels unreal, a dream,” says WondaGurl, after winning the competition. “It’s amazing how many people support me going into the competition and after [the fact].”

This year’s battle brought celebrated hip-hop artists Statik Selektah, Skyzoo and Canada’s own JD Era to the stage to judge pre-created beats made by the 32 qualifying producers who made it into the finals, held inside Toronto’s Opera House on August 25, 2012. Celebrated comedian Trixx hosted the star-studded event which also featured performances from Raz Fresco, Rich Kidd and Skyzoo and DJs Mensa, P-Plus, Beanz Daddy and Romeo on the ones and twos.

The battle was the final of four events held in part of the annual Producer Retreat weekend, which included the Pro Audio Conference on August 24, which brought Grammy Award winning producer Just Blaze to deliver an interactive workshop with over a hundred aspiring producers in downtown Toronto.



Between WondaGurl and runner-up Mr. Magic they took home over $10,000 in cash and prizes, but they weren’t the only winners. All of the 32 finalists went home with more credentials and connections under their belt.

“Every year we attract new producers from all over the country, eager to learn new tricks of the trade, rub shoulders with celebrated guests, artists, as well as to create a name for themselves at the battle, this year will be monumental in satisfying each desire,” says Clifton Reddick, CEO of Sound Supremacy Entertainment which produces the annual battle.

Setting new precedents with the youngest winner ever, Battle of the Beat Makers, which has been a stepping-stone in many of Toronto’s finest producers’ careers (Boi-1da, T-Minus, Arthur McArthur, Big Pops, Ric Notes). The 2013 competition promises to be nothing short of spectacular.

The 2012 Battle Of the Beat Makers was generously sponsored by Urbanology Magazine, Factor Canada, Centennial College, On Point Entertainment, Play De Record, Greystar Studios, Roland Canada, ASCAP, Socan, TorontoRappers.com, ThisIsWalder.com and The Come Up Show.

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