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This is the 8th battle we've had in the last 3 years. It's also the 4th one I've done with @battleave thus far. It's truly a blessing to help provide this medium to all DJs (be it bedroom or active). Seeing these DJs express themselves here in ways unique that a normal gig or bedroom would never allow is everything to me. I'm truly happy that the artform I've immersed half my life has its legs again in Chicago.
Big shouts to @antriks for continually putting faith in me for running BA out here. He's truly the catalyst for why the battle scene is back here in Chicago.
Big ups to my bro @j.marz1 for organizing this one with me. Despite some dumpster fires we had to put out prior, this was our best event yet. We nailed it effortlessly (but with actual effort lol). Also shout outs to my other CTA brother @djtoltech for judging and showcasing. Can't wait to see you come out on top in August, man.
Also a very terrible shout out to my least favorite DJ in Chicago, @big_once. (But frfr, thanks for all your continued help!) Shout outs to our emcee @ams1984. This dude has hosted all of our battle ave related events since. he's the most entertaining voice in Chicago Tablist scene, bar none. Thank you, brother.
Thank you @excessbeats for coming out to judge and perform an amazing set. He really left an impression on everyone at the end of the night. Thank you for all your wisdom and dopeness, Glenn. Big ups 🙏
Shout outs to all of our competitors. We had a stacked line up and @rsgilateen86 came out king with @dj.spre as super close runner up. That final might've been our best showing yet. Big ups to both of you. It's not easy getting to the final, let along being in it. Shout outs to the rest of top 4 DLux (@archiedreyes) and @_ninety_six_. Shout outs to everyone who competed in general. Keep sharpening.
Lastly, thank you Chicago. I don't have much to say but you guys keep supporting these events and they're always packed and filled with energy. Nothing but love for y'all.
This feeling never gets old.
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