Here’s the trailer from the forthcoming DJ Dusk’s Root Down Soundclash DVD, set for retail stores via Mochilla on January 13. (Some online stores are already selling it.) The battles, which took place between 2001-2003, feature Madlib vs. Cut Chemist, Will.i.am vs. Thes One (from People Under the Stairs) and Oh No vs. Exile, all hosted by the late Tarek “DJ Dusk” Captan.
A bit of explanation from Mochilla:
In 2001 Los Angeles club, The Root Down put on their first of a three part series called “Sound Clash”. It featured Madlib and Cut Chemist going head to head, beat for beat for respect in front of a packed club. Each of the tracks had never been released. Each of the three rounds saw the excitement rise. The last round unleashed a partisan celebration from the captivated crowd. It was a beautiful underground hip hop moment.
Mochilla founders, Coleman and B+, went to the first round with their Sony PC100 single chip prosumer cameras with intentions of trying out their, then, new toys. “It wasn’t until afterwards that we put both cameras on the floor, rewound the tapes and played them in sync that we realized we might have something.”
Mochilla never intended to release this DVD. However, since the tragic passing of DJ Dusk they felt it was important to honor his legacy and share his gifts. This is for him, no edits, no overdubs, no interruptions just raw hip hop at its most exciting, vital and real.