Nineteen-year-old producer LiL Mike won last night's Red Bull Big Tune hip-hop beat battle, the high-school version of the national competition. Mixmasters Johnny Rockz and Cassius G provided stiff competition.
LiL Mike will compete in the next round in Chicago. According to the event's organizers, last year’s champion, Chicago's C-Sick, recorded a track with Nas. In 2007, Seattle's Brainstorm recorded with Young Buck.
Suggestion from the peanut gallery: Next, Red Bull could sponsor a competition for the most innovation presentation of the word "Li'l." —D.X. Ferris