Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash
Feat. Friends of Friends, Smog, Dim Mak, Jeffree’s
It was beatmakers vs. beatmakers as a bunch of dudes in flat brimmed hats competed for bragging rights at last night’s Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash. The L.A. incarnation of the international event pitted four local music collectives — Smog, Dim Mak, Friends of Friends and Jeffree’s — against each other in a high-energy four round face-off at downtown’s Exchange L.A. It went like this:
Round 1: Introduction: Each crew got ten minutes to familiarize the audience with their respective sound.
10:00PM: Introduced as the crew responsible for introducing dub and trap to L.A., Smog wastes no time getting into an aggressive dub and trap heavy set. It’s shepherded by charismatic crew member MC Kemst, with 12th Planet taking charge on the decks. Nasty in all the right ways, the mini-set is a tough act to follow and sets the night’s bar high.
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