After a year of qualifying battles, some of Hawaii’s top beatmakers converged on Hawaiian Brian’s for the 2017 Beatroot Grand Championships. Six producers took the stage, one took home the trophy.

Also featured on this episode are live performances by The Otakus, Ginja Fresh, Shipwrecks, We Only Have Tomorrow, Monotrio and Samurai Funktion and a music video by hip-hop duo The Bar, shot on the streets of Honolulu, courtesy of Beatrock Music.

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Written by Shawn "Speedy" Lopes

I am a lifelong Honoluluan whose true calling is to tell the stories of others, whether through photos, film, video, audio or the written word. Here is a collection of my works – some previously published in periodicals like Billboard, the Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Weekly, though most of what you read or view here has never been seen before.

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