Rebel Sound Crowned Champions of Red Bull Culture Clash 2014


A$AP mobbed as Rebel Sound take the crown


After four hours and four epic rounds of roof shattering music, the 20,000 strong crowd’s screams on the decibel meter, at London’s Earl’s Court, saw Rebel Sound crowned the winner of Red Bull Culture Clash 2014.

Rebel Sound, comprised of Chase & Status, Rage, Shy FX and David Rodigan MBE, were on what I think was a clear road to victory for the super sound-system, after the third round. They included some of my favourite body-rattling, bass-heavy beats including Chase & Status’ Machine Gun (feat. Pusha T) and Heavy, which saw Tempa T’s crowd-shocking defect from BBK.

The night hosted by Annie Mac saw her throw out multiple “shut the f**k up”s as certain sound-systems tried to run over their time limits and Rebel Sound’s array of custom dubplates, meant we got to hear Emeli Sandé dissing other crews.

Previous champions, grime kings BBK were on hand as always with the straight up insults – Jammer said of the Stone Love sound-system “let’s not call them Stone Love, let’s call them Stone Age”. Plus BBK rightly reminded a poor-performing A$AP Mob that they were in fact, in London.

Rocky be like where's our dubpatesNow, when I found out that A$AP Mob were one of the sound-sytems, I was so excited to see what they would bring. On the night, it was soon very clear that the biggest highlight they were to offer was their arrival to the clash on quad bikes and special guest Danny Brown – who was of little help in securing the win.

I mean they really probably should have just stayed in the States. Of course I’m still a big fan of the Mob but did they even do their research? It was the Red Bull Culture Clash – not a rap concert.

They seemed so unprepared and had a distinct lack of custom dubs. Maybe they thought they had ammunition in the big-booty Judys who twerked incessantly on their stage – no!

Rodigan called A$AP Mob a “living joke in London tonight” and said he “felt sorry” for them.

Although they were an opposing sound-system, Stone Love persistently backed Rodigan of Rebel Sound in his stating that A$AP Mob should just head back home. So that was no ratings, all round, for the Mob!

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to personally attend Red Bull Culture Clash this year, I was working, how boring! So, oh how grateful I was for the live stream, which I watched all the way home and while I cooked up my dinner in the kitchen that night. Blasting it on full volume might I add, sorry neighbours.

Relive all the best highlights from the night of the biggest Red Bull Culture Clash yet, on the live blog.

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