Night 4’s competitors showed that turntablism has a big place in Red Bull Thre3Style. Another sold out night, this time at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall, that brought us Maseo, Ali Shaheed Mohammad and another qualifier for Saturday’s Finals. Watch the video for highlights below and keep scrolling for the photos and mixes from the night.
Photos by Maria Jose Govea
Numeric Masters Hip Hop
Numeric got things started playing through the family tree of hip hop, old, new, pre- and post, he brought it out with style.
Cosmo Baker’s Eclectic Classics
Cosmo came with the heat, dropping classics spanning what is being calculated at 30+ genres, from 50s rock to hard rap to country to the Golden Girls theme, you name it. And as a surprise treat, Greg Nice from Nice N Smooth came out during his set to beat box and jumped in the crowd while performing.
Brazil’s Marquinhos Espinosa Smashed the Crowd
Espinosa started the night right, opening with Mozart, and pulling out a hand drum to play along to his set. Then he proceeded to cleanly move between songs, climaxing in a Bob Marley’s “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” – that had every person in the hall singing along to.
Switzerland’s DJ Bazooka Lights The Fire
Switzerland overcame some technical difficulties to get into his groove and rock the crowd with dropping a euro dance tune, followed up with The Doors’ “Light My Fire” and trap beats.
DJ Vicky Brings the Albanian Pride
Albania was a truly unique competitor, using solely CDJs and dropping his own Albanian national anthem, among hip hop, disco, and Will Smith
Spain’s DJ Laese Piles On the Genres
DJ Laese used clean transitions and beat juggling to play just about 100 different kinds of music. Who else could fit “Grease Lightning” into “Eye Of The Tiger” into Major Lazer, all while wearing sunglasses.
DJ Madfingaz’ Technical Set Boogied
Belgium’s Madfingaz spanned across disco, pop and his bread and butter of hip hop – even making the ballsy move to play Chumbawamba.
Maseo (De La Soul) and Ali Shaheed Mohammad (A Tribe Called Quest) Tag Team
After the competitors, it was time for the Native Tongue DJs to come out. Starting things up in a big way, they brought out De La Soul rapper Posdnuos to perform a couple songs before rocking a playful set of back to back jamming, dropping hip hop classics and their samples, emphasizing, naturally, the early 90s jazzy era. It was obvious their fans came out, because the crowd was hanging on their every word.
(additional photography by Seetoh Lang)