On March 30th, 2017, MTSU hosted their annual Beat Battle competition, where fourteen of MTSU’s best student producers competed for the win, but only two walked away with a claim to the championship.
First place was awarded to Sterling Scott, also known as “Sterfry”, and runner-up to Justin Robbins, or more commonly known as J. Robb.
Beat Battle was hosted by rapper Daisha McBride and Akil Jabari.
The three judges were Daniel Young, Joseph Stallworth, and Christian Sager.
Daniel Young, who goes by the name Young Sidechain, is an MTSU alumni and currently produces music and has worked with artists such as Future, Migos, Waka Flocka Flame, 2 Chainz, and Akon to name only a few.
Joseph Stallworth, who goes by J Keys, is a producer from Florida, but currently lives in Huntsville, Alabama and works with Indie artists Bryce Elliot, Unanimous, and D. Pride.
Christian Sager is a billboard-charting producer who works out of Nashville, Tennessee. He has previously worked with artists such as Nobigdyl, John Givez, Lupe Fiasco, but will soon be debuting as his own artist.
Beat Battle is put on every year by MTSU’s student run record label, Match Records, and every year the talent grows stronger. The spring 2017 beat battle was one for the books and we can’t wait to see everyone again in the fall for some new beats and hot competition!