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December 10, 2013
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Bredda Hype wins - at last
Mel Cooke, Star Writer


With the spectre of two controversial losses in the Magnum All-Star $1,000,000 Face Off looming over the turntables, there was a palpable sense of relief when Bredda Hype notched its first win last Thursday.

The St Elizabeth-based sound system beat Coppershot soundly, even after a shaky moment when they lost two points in the 45 round after playing a pair of songs which had been played before.

"Who God bless, no man curse. Anything Father God say a law," an obviously elated and relieved Bredda Hype said. And the host, Nuffy, in offering his congratulations, alluded to what had transpired in previous weeks. "Mi know sey tonight Bredda Hype did haffi dweet," Nuffy said.

Even with the penalty imposed on Bredda Hype, initially Coppershot could only manage to draw level in that penultimate round as each of the three judges scored the round four for Bredda Hype and two for Coppershot. After the deduction, the scores were level at two apiece - but the point for crowd support went to Bredda Hype.

In giving the judges' report after the closing dub-for-dub round, Cool Face summed up how the face-off had gone. "This time, we a watch the crowd response as well," he said. He recapped that the opening juggling round had gone to Bredda Hype, as had the challenge round and the 45 round "by a squeeze".

"The dub-for-dub was very clear," Cool Face said, although noting that in the round, "Coppershot came back strong." Still, despite the comeback, Bredda Hype scored six points to Coppershot's five, and six to four on two judges' cards, with the third having it seven to six in favour of Bredda Hype. Bredda Hype took the point for crowd support by all three judges' reckoning.

Bredda Hype built an excellent first round from the foundation up and never looked back, starting with a musical drink for the hardworking people, and then moving into the Marley triple of Natural Mystic, Who The Cap Fits and Three Little Birds. Tenor Saw's Roll Call and Junior Reid's One Blood were big hits and, after Sizzla's Karate, Bredda Hype made its way into more recent dancehall times with tracks from Chronixx, Mavado and Cobra, losing on a high as Kartel examined the "business".

On the other hand, Coppershot did not pace the music, a Sizzla dub of Solid As a Rock (which did not hit home) preceding a couple of hip-hop tracks (including a mix of Collie Budz Come Around), before they leapt into uptempo mode with Buju growling "me an oonu". It did not work.

The Challenge Round mandated that the sound systems play a combination between a Jamaican and international artiste. Bredda Hype got off to a flying start with Bounty Killer, Cocoa Brovaz and Nona Hendryx doing It's a Party. Combinations featuring Mavado and Kartel were in the mix, as Bredda Hype had Famous jumping.

Coppershot went for Road to Zion (Nas and Jr Gong), which hit the spot. But the follow-up, Dem No Worry We by Supercat and Heavy D, missed badly, although they recovered somewhat with Bounty Killer and the Fugees.

After Bredda Hype's slip in the 45 round, it was on to the dub-for-dub, Bredda Hype playing first and setting the tone while acknowledging past missteps. "Every night me come ya, dis jiggy nah go work. De people say 'Bredda Hype, play some big tune'," the selector said, and did just that, starting with a John Holt dub of On the Beach. The tactic worked very well, as Coppershot tried to follow the 'big tune' route, dropping a dub of Sizzla'a Holding Firm which, while it stirred the crowd, did not have the impact of Bredda Hype.

And Bredda Hype kept the tunes huge, with a dub of Marcia Griffiths' Melody Life. Coppershot did not seem to be able to follow, the selector saying "me a play whe mi have" as he went uptempo with a custom-built dub for Bredda Hype. He was duly booed, and although Bredda Hype was booed in turn for their Third World dub of 96 Degrees in the Shade, the writing was on the wall.

Bredda Hype's final shot was from Cobra, Famous going into a frenzy at the customised lines "teeth a pull". Coppershot ended with Kartel on a strong, but not tumultuous, note.

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