It took six preliminaries to find a half dozen hopefuls in 2018’s search for Hawaii’s top beatmaker. Making it to the final throwdown were EDP Beats, Nao, The Possible, Average Joe, Hushush Beats and Lambo Go. In between heats, the evening’s featured performers included Paradigm, Scholar, Kids Need Food and Punahele. Again, Hawaiian Brian’s was the venue for Lightsleepers‘ yearly Beatroot beat battle hosted by founder and organizer Kavet the Katalyst. Which producer would take the title in 2018?

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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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