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Z Da Matrix is the Coldest MC
Ashboro rapper wins Charlotte competition
Published Friday, June 28, 2013 1:57 pm
by Amanda Raymond


Z Da Matrix is the coldest MC in Charlotte.

Z Da Matrix (second from left) was named Charlotte's Coldest MC Thursday at the Fillmore. Ice Cube (left) was featured as a host, judge and performer.

Matrix (real name Zion King) won the “Search for the Coldest” competition Thursday at the Fillmore at N.C. Music Factory. The Asheboro resident has a chance to win the national title and $20,000 in New York City in August.

The event, hosted by rapper-actor-producer Ice Cube, started with the talents of DJ Drama on the ones and twos. He had the audience dancing and waving towels, getting pumped for the show to begin.

Bun B, one of the judges, came out to warm up the crowd for Ice Cube and they went wild when he stepped onstage. He introduced the finalists, King and Deonne Hall (stage name Edisto iLLizHii) of Spartanburg, S.C. The competitors started with a freestyle, where they came up with raps off the top of their head. Next, they rapped their hot 16, or 16 bars of a rap they had already come up with. They ended with an original song.

Bun B, DJ Drama and Ice Cube judged the MCs on stage presence, lyrics and skill.

While the judges were making their decision, DJ Drama engaged the audience in hand waving and call and response with 1980s hip hop hits. There were also giveaways, where the audience had to name the song and artist from a short music clip.

Raymond Moss of Charlotte said the price of admission was worth the food, drinks and performances.

“You get a good deal for your money,” he said. “I give it a 10 out of 10.”

The bass pulsated through the floor when Bun B and Pusha T performed such hits as “Give Me That” and “Big Pimpin.’” Ice Cube performed classics such as “Check Yo Self,” “You Can Do It” and “Today Was a Good Day,” as the audience swayed with the rhythms and rapped along with him.

Because of the relatively small space at the Fillmore, even fans in the back could get a close view of the rappers.

The line of performances ended with last year’s Coldest MC winner, Felony Fame, rapping about his love for Charlotte in “Hometown Love.”

Brittany Jones of Charlotte decided to make the event a night out with her girls. She said they had a great time.

“I think it’s good for the community to come and have a good time,” she said. “I’ll definitely come again if they have it next year.”



That's my fam>>Who got the coldest MC on slam!!!Comin for ya next hot'lanta; Hold it down Nephew!!! See ya'in the ATL. "4Sho" "MUCHLUV"
Posted on July 11, 2013
Z da matrix got this coldest mc contest on smash the other competitors need to just bow down to the king. Hk tay forever
Posted on July 10, 2013
Zda matrix is da truth bring it home homie
Posted on July 10, 2013

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