From the moment you walked in to the Shepherd’s Bush Academy auditorium, the full
force of the acoustics reverberated in your ears. Packed with hundreds of fans from
across the UK eager to see who would take home the keys to a brand new car. Nicky
As obligatory with urban events, procedures ended up starting an hour late, but the
crowd was warmed up, dancing, bopping and drinking to Da Sound Of Da Police on the
turntables, waiting for the judges' showcase.
German vocal legend Indra treated the audience to a showcase of drum kit sounds,
Hobbit and TyTe pit their Scooby Doo and Dalek impressions against one another in
a bizarre cartoon beatbox battle and Faith SFX, the 2005 champion launched into renditions
of A Millie and Bonkers from the depth of his throat!
Austrian vocal group, Bauchklang wowed the crowd. Mixed as it was, from pint drinking
scruffy jeans wearers to tight dresses and stilettos, they amazed with atmospheric
eurobeat anthems which seemed to contain more sound layers than could possibly have
been produced by just five dudes with mics.
The battles kicked off at midnight, hosted by Stig of the Dump AKA the sexiest fat
man in show business who presided over proceedings with a steady stream of abuse.
The quarter finals were one round each, a minute apiece and saw Nottingham's THe
PETEBOX knock out Boris FX, hailing from Newcastle. In a battle of 'the flashy one'
versus 'the geeky one', Reeps One from London beat Bristol finalist Krystal Gob -
a controversial decision with which the crowd didn't entirely agree. Layth wiped
the floor with Northerner Equ, and Minamus - cheeky chappy from Bristol was knocked
out by Bigg Taj's smooth singing and laid back style.
Ill commotion DJs kept the punters happy during the breaks with a tasty mix of hip
hop, new jack and dancehall, even prompting a spontaneous b-boy jam!
In the semi finals competitors got two rounds of one minute each. THe PETEBOX worked
the crowd, dropping speedy drum and bass beats and lyrics including A Little Bit
Of Luck and the Round the Twist theme tune. His opponent, Bigg Taj scratched on his
vocal turntable with some piercing screeches that drove Judge Indra to cover his
ears, he saved it launching into a flawless rendition of Mary J and Method Man's
You're All I Need complete with beats and lyrics. Depsite going to an extra round,
THe PETEBOX took it.
Layth and Reeps One faced one another having met in the London heat where Layth took
first place. Layth's style was raw and deep, articulate and varied, incorporating
whistles. Despite hiding under his flat peak cap, Reeps One battled with charisma
and showmanship, confronted Layth while spitting and swept through to the grand final.
The final was a battle of the crowd-pleasers and with two rounds of two minutes each,
THe PETEBOX and Reeps One let loose all the tricks up their sleeves. THe PETEBOX's
set included the Ghostbuster’s theme, Sweet Like Chocolate and No Woman No Cry, while
London pride Reeps One varied the pace and tone of his tracks masterfully, including
sound effects and physical gestures, sucking his opponent's brains out and shooting
them out of the sky. A close run verdict from the audience and judges' point of view,
Stig (thoroughly drunk by this stage) finally announced a home victory. If you weren't
already prepared for the inexcusable pun, Reeps won!
Beatbox scene legend and mastermind of the event, Archangel proudly presented the
East Londoner with the grand prize, the keys to a brand new Corsa SXi worth £14,000.