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On a night when tempers flared and lyrical bullets hurtled across the venue, popular selector Tony Matterhorn battled his way through all the drama from the Reggae Sumfest Heavyweight sound clash to emerge the winner of the inaugural competition.
The event, which was held at Pier One in Montego Bay, drew a huge crowd, as patrons turned out in their numbers to witness a lyrical onslaught. With $500,000 at stake, it was clear from the get-go that the contestants meant business, as they threw heavy jabs at each other, hoping to land the knockout punch that would eliminate their competition.
Warrior Sound international, Yaadbeat from Japan, New York's Soul Supreme, No Limit Sound and Tony Matterhorn all executed their fight plan, but in the end, only one was left standing.
Tony Matterhorn, armed with some creative dubs and his untamed personality, won over the crowd as he 'cussed' his way to the title. With a strict no-profanity rule governing the amended clash, the selector took risks no other competitor was willing to take, riding on the edge of the 'keep it classy line' drawn by the judges and was rewarded with the title for his efforts. In the end, the judges, who stuck it out for a clean clash, tossed the rules to the wind and left the decision to the crowd, stating that in sound clashes, the victor is ultimately decided by who moves the patrons the most, and unanimously, Pier One selected Matterhorn.
The clash, a trial of sorts, was long and tedious, and with confusion surrounding decisions made throughout the night, where eliminations were concerned, the event proved a little too much for most patrons. Many expressed disappointment with the organiser's execution of the event and called it a night before the winner was announced.