(AllHipHop Features) Popcaan didn't even have to be in the building for his Unruly crew to claim the crown at the first Red Bull Culture Clash Atlanta. Even though Unruly was one of the road teams, a large portion of the crowd at the 787 Windsor venue was proudly displaying their Caribbean heritage by supporting the Jamaican unit.
Mike Will Made-It's EarDrummers put up a good fight. With the first round being a freebie, the hometown crew won Round 2 by bringing out Pusha T, OJ Da Juiceman, and D4L. The crowd routinely voiced chants of "ATL Hoe" throughout all four of their sets.
WondaGurl's EnjoyLife (representing Canada) and Tinie Tempah's Disturbing London (representing the U.K.) attempted to gain some favor from the audience throughout the night. EnjoyLife focused on the music by offering a wide range of songs from Bob Marley to Bone Crusher.
Disturbing London got assists from T.I. in a video message, Ying Yang Twins with a live performance, and pole dancers displaying their skills. Unfortunately, the crowd reaction for those two crews was not moving the needle on the decibel meter enough to keep WondaGurl and Tinie Tempah in contention for the title.
Round 3 was a close contest between Unruly and EarDrummers. Both camps surprised the fan voters by presenting A-Town Hip Hop legends. "Welcome To Atlanta" collaborators Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris were on opposing sides for the face-off. Ultimately, Luda's "Move B*tch" wasn't able to top Dupri's "Money Ain't A Thing." Unruly won their first round of the night.
It all came down to the final round. Unruly opened with a video clip from a member of the animated band Gorillaz. They then began churning out dubs of records by Rihanna, Drake, and more. EarDrummers answered with Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd crooning the hooks to the hit songs "Black Beatles" and "Unforgettable."
Mike Will also rocked the crowd by getting Junior Reid to run through "One Blood" and by reuniting Crime Mob for the club anthem "Knuck If You Buck." However, in the end, the audience chose Popcaan's crew as the winner of Red Bull Culture Clash Atlanta.
Unruly took the "W" but Mike Will Made-It, WondaGurl, Tinie Tempah, their respective crews, and special guests helped create a tremendous atmosphere for musical competition. Other celebrities - such as Sonny Digital, Two-9, Ying Yang Twins, Pastor Troy, K Camp, Sahbabii, Rich Kid, Shy Glizzy, and Sir Foster - were also in attendance at the entertaining event.
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