New York, NY (Impulse Nation) On Saturday, March 30th, New Jersey’s King Shine sound came out victorious over Brooklyn’s Kosmik Movements and Platinum Kids from the Bronx, to become the very first World Fight Club (WFC) champion.
Set to the backdrop of Brooklyn, North America’s sound clash mecca, New York region dancehall and clash fans poured into Linden Hall, to witness Platinum Kids (also Aidonia's USA management team), Kosmik Movements along with veteran selector Johnny Killa (most known for being dancehall icon Matterhorn's selector for many years), and King Shine battle it out for the champion title.
The exciting rivalry between all three sounds made it a night of settling unfinished business. One part of the rivalry stemmed from the 2016 New Jersey Cup Clash of which Kosmik and King Shine competed, but ended in controversy. Additionally, all three contenders faced off in the 2017 US Rumble (along with 4 additional sounds), which ended in an upset as the most inexperienced clash competitor of that line up—Platinum Kids—came out with an unexpected win over seasoned clash sounds.
King Shine has had a couple of controversial clash endings versus clash legends like Ricky Trooper, as well as Pink Panther, and most recently one of Brooklyn’s “Big Four”, the legendary Earthruler Sound. A clean win for the New Jersey titan, King Shine’s deadly performance in WFC Round One was a historic moment—the New Jersey native killed two sounds from New York, in New York.
Saturday’s launch of World Fight Club marks the beginning of a new era in the international sound clash arena. The all-new league stands out among other clash brands because only true thoroughbreds in the global arena can face the ultimate test of top tier musical savvy, and wit, in WFCs classic sound clash format of less sounds, and longer rounds. Additionally, contenders in WFC compete for a beautiful belt, of which they must continuously earn the right to keep versus future contenders from all over the world.
Produced by North America’s legendary sound system, King Addies, the sound clash icons encourage all sounds and DJs worldwide to get involved. Co-manager of King Addies, Shinez, says “We are about showcasing authentic Jamaican sound system culture to wider audiences…it’s the only way to push the culture forward.”