Battle School Moscow, as it happened

14 November 2016

Muscovites came in their thousands, braving the -9 degree snow storm to see hip-hop legends, world famous b-boys and the finest graffiti artists bring their own storm to Moscow with a celebration of street culture when BURN Battle School Remixed bought it's final instalment to Stadium Live!

Kicking off the night, DJ Gormon played some of the best beats hip-hop has to offer as fans poured in and local breakdance fans took to the cyphers to show their moves, as the world famous graffiti artists Inkie, Bonzai and Cantwo took to their 12-foot blank canvas to provide a live art installation in homage to the talent that would be gracing the stage throughout the evening.

As the venue packed out and the night kicked into full motion, eight-time beatbox champion in Russia and "one-man band", Vahtang took to the stage, offering the crowd an awe-inspiring performance and warming up the crowd before the pioneering Grandmaster Flash took to the decks. 

The Grandmaster brought a mixture of hip-hop old and new, providing the perfect soundtrack for the b-boys in the crowds showing off their abilities and highlighting his skills which made him one of the most iconic figures not only in hip-hop history but DJ history overall!

Following a phenomenal performance, international and local b-boy champions took no prisoners as they brought everything to the stage in a breakdance showcase. Fans broke into cheers and gasps of amazement as street dances' elite represented their countries and crews. 

The show wouldn't be a true celebration of hip-hop and street culture if we didn't highlight the local scene and throw some Russian hip-hop into the mix, and that's where we welcome L' One. Russia's biggest rapper who remembers this venue as his largest concert to date, had the whole crowd going crazy as he entered the stage, performing his best tracks (even adding in the occasional dab), he truly showed why he is Russia's best. 

The country is very well known for it's Rock music scene, so we wanted to know what L' One's thoughts on the state of Russian hip-hop nowadays.

"I think, right now, we can easily compete with Russian rock music" - and if his performance is anything to go by, he may be right.

Following a number of sensational performances, the crowd eagerly awaited the headline act, a legend in rap and global superstar, Busta Rhymes.

As DJ Scratchator opened up the performance with some heavy beats the crowd broke into the loudest of cheers and reached hysteria as Busta Rhymes and his right-hand man Spliffstarr stormed onto the stage wearing traditional Russian Ushanka hats. Performing his biggest hits such as 'Touch It''I Know What You Want' and 'Make It Clap', Busta showed no signs of stopping. 

As he approached the end of the show, Busta supported his protégée's from his own label - Conglomerate, as he had the crowd going crazy to O.T. Genasis' global hit 'CoCo' amongst other songs from new American talent. 

Moscow was without doubt provided with a performance that represented street culture in a way few performers could do. 

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