In the final qualifier of 2018, Beatroot hosts eight beat makers in a tight, single-elimination affair. Eight competitors are pared down to four, from four to two, and finally one victor advancing to the Beatroot Grand Championships later this year. Judges must decide which contestant takes the final spot in the upcoming showdown.

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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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