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Iron MC finalists feel the aloha

March 20th, 2016
PHOTOS COURTESY DAYLIN PELLETIERThe second annual Bacardi Iron MC competition wraps up Tuesday at The Republik.


The second annual Bacardi Iron MC competition wraps up Tuesday at The Republik.

There might be a little too much aloha in the building at this year’s Bacardi Iron MC finals for co-host Krystilez’s taste.

“We’ve had a different vibe this year,” said the local recording artist and radio personality. “There were a lot of positive MCs who weren’t into bringing people down.”

Krystilez, who will be joined by fellow Angry Locals member Big Mox in hosting Tuesday’s final round of competition, wasn’t pulling any punches.

“They’re soft,” he said. “We need to be training them for war! If you want uplifting, go to church. Iron sharpens iron here. Sometimes the crowd doesn’t always get what we’re trying to do.”

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Four rappers — J-Shiu, Rukka, Koins and “wild card” winner Island Heir — made it to this week’s finals at The Republik after competing in three weeks of preliminary freestyle battles and other challenges that included sensory deprivation, hostile crowds and hip-hop trivia.

“It’s increased in quality this year,” Krystilez said of the competition, now in its second year. “The first one was kind of raw. This year, they’re more polished. They’re coming in with more of a sense of what they’re getting into.”

Except for the whole softness issue, of course.

Doors open at The Republik at 6 p.m. with no cover before 8:30 p.m. for those 21-and-over and $5 Bacardi specials all night. The finals start at 9 p.m. Tuesday; cover is $5 for 21+ and $10 for those 18-and-over. More info is available on Facebook.
Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at

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