Today’s Future Sound x cross.beat #Auckland2Oakland BEATBATTLE recap

a massive shout out to everyone that came out to support the Today’s Future Sound X cross.beat ‪#‎Auckland2Oakland‬ BEATBATTLE at Ironbar Cafe on the 9th September!

10A ( absolutely crushed it to take out first place, with the royal couple Troy Samuela ( and Villette ( taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively

it was so encouraging to be able to witness the community coming together and using the spirit of competition to feed off each other, elevate each other and embrace the true spirit of ‪#‎CrossBeatPollination
only one person can place first in a contest, but at the end of the day – everybody won!

shot Sam Slaughter (
shot Arcade beats (
shot Golden Fern (
shot Deoxys (
shot Montell2099 (
shot Sorts (
shot Foy (
shot Q Tha Bard
shot Flaxxx (
shot ЅTλNCE (

a very special thankyou to the incredibly supportive Michael, Sara and all of the Ironbar Cafe staff (who have had our backs since cross.beat‘s infancy)

to our distinguished judges Steezie Wonder ( – who also graciously held it down on the decks all night – and S.F.T. (

to our beautiful door girl Desah (
to our charismatic host MeloDownz (
to our darling photographer Supa Iris (
to our talented videographer John from Westone Productions (

and of course to the man without whom any of this could have been possible – Philthy Drummond who is already back home on the other side of the world, elbows deep in the thick of championing the use of hip-hop education as a vehicle to spread musical and technological literacy and community development! – You can follow more of his work at