King of the Beats Switzerland

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Founded back in 1997, film maker Pritt Kalsi embarked on his project THE KING OF THE BEATS. For over 20 years he has been Involved in Hip hop Kulture, looking for those breaks beats and samples.

In tradition of DJs Such as Jazzy Jay, Marley Marl, Premier and Pogo, Pritt founded what was to be the blueprint for this thing called beat battles. Before the 1999 film King of the beats there were no beat battles. His aim is to keep that vinyl culture alive. From the days when Djs would look for those breakbeats for a $1, turning them into some of the most classic records we all love to this day.

The challenge….. Each artist has a budget of £20 to go find records. They have to find the drums, samples and music. They then have to return to their studio and build a beat. Doesn’t sound too complicated? You only have one day to complete the whole task.

Pioneers, Legends, established and up and coming artists all share this platform. See how they take on the task, choice of records, how they work in the studio, learn some of their production techniques. Most importantly they all share one common bond, their love for good quality real hip hop music.


You get 25.- CHF  and go diggin’ for records… (a new record costs about 25-30.- so it’s hard!) …you have 24 hours for digging and have to document the whole thing for the judges

Then you go home and make a beat with ONLY the records you found for the 25.- chf ..for that you have also 24 hours to make a beat (incl. Recording, mixing ect.) and also document that

Then at the event everyone has 3 minutes to introduce himself and present his beat, the records he found and puts em in “the crate”… And the winner takes this crate home

Kurt Nice

Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at

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  1. IGI B. says:

    Big up Kurt Nice! Has my maximum respect for his work and passion – preserving Hip Hop for future generations! Much love and respect from Switzerland IGI B.

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