Bennie D from Chicago wins SOCAN-sponsored Battle of the Beatmakers

SOCAN Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy presents a “Getting Paid When Your Music is Played” info session to a packed house at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, during the kickoff event for the 2017 edition of the SOCAN-sponsored Battle of the Beatmakers. (Photo: Hani Ramzan (Instagram Only @illumihan1) for Rebel Wailer Inc (across all socials @rebelwailer))
November 17, 2017

Bennie D from Chicago has won the 2017 edition of the SOCAN-sponsored Battle of the Beatmakers, a Toronto-based, global competition to determine the best hip-hop producer on the planet. K Beatz from Aurora, Ontario, is the first runner-up, while the top four semi-finalists also included Zarro from South Africa and Picasso from New Jersey.

The preliminaries of the competition were held at the Daniels Spectrum on Nov. 10, 2017, as 64 beat-making producers did battle for a three-judge panel of sound engineer Kesha Lee (who’s worked with Migos, Future, Gucci Mane, Lil Uzi Vert, and Playboi Carti), Grammy Award-winning producer T-Minus, and his renowned fellow producer Heatmakerz. The following night, the final 32 producers vied for the title in The Main Event, at The Opera House, with the same judges.

At the launch event for the competition on Nov. 9, 2017, at the Gladstone Hotel, SOCAN Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy kicked off the evening by presenting a “Getting Paid When Your Music Gets Played” info session to a packed house of attentive music-makers. The launch also included a presentation by Nielsen Soundscan on tracking your music globally, and culminate in a keynote speech and Q&A with Kesha Lee.

For more information, visit the Battle of the Beatmakers website.