Trifeckta Reigns Supreme at Red Bull Big Tune
Twelve producers went head to head last night in front of a packed house at Pop's Nightclub in Sauget for the Red Bull Big Tune nationwide competition. Now in its fourth year, Red Bull Big Tune is the hunt for the one producer that can wow the crowd.
Red Bull Photo Files/Carlos Cruz The final two producers: winner Trifeckta and Em80 will both go on to the national Red Bull Big Tune final in Chicago on November 18.
"I've been trying to get in this for three years," says the winner of the event, Trifeckta. "I finally made it, and I exceeded expectations."
Trifeckta took out Kansas City's Em80 in the last round and will go on to compete in the national final in Chicago on November 18. Trifeckta was exhausted but thrilled, and said he was impressed by all the producers that competed: J. Rhodes, They Call Me Bo, C-los, Foxx Starstrukk, D-Que, Tech Supreme, Bennie D, Nodzilla, Em80, Rio and Abnormal.
"Em80 really came with it. I've heard his name before, he did excellent," said Trifeckta, still reeling from his win. "He was entertaining, and it was soulful. Needles, my brother in the Force, he held his own. He was a last minute entry on the fly--the rest of us knew for a while, he only found out yesterday and he came with it. He was in that first round against Rio, it was the longest because the crowd was so torn."
Diana Benanti Diana Benanti Semi-finalists and crowd favorites Tech Supreme, Nodzilla (aka DJ Needles), and Foxx Starstruckk.
Though he's a producer and not used to being a hype man, Trifeckta knew how to curry favor with the audience. He drew from a wide range of tunes -- Isley Brothers, Bobby Womack, Phil Collins -- and repped the hometown with a few from Rockwell Knuckles, and a song from a videogame called Metal Gear Solid. In the final round against Em80, Trifeckta pulled multiple trump cards: First, he took off his "Make Dope Shit" t-shirt and revealed a second t-shirt that read "St. Lou Is Doin the Damn Thing" and the crowd erupted. But that joyful noise paled in comparison a few minutes later when he busted one of the tracks he produced for Rockwell Knuckles, "Government Name," the song you'll want to be stuck in your head the rest of the day. Em80 and one of the emcees looked seriously confused when Trifeckta took a risk and cut the song short, but the crowd continued chanting the chorus, hands in the air.