AD & Jackie Tran Conquer DX TURBO III: Rappers Vs. Gamers Hosted By BET & Wingstop

Los Angeles, CA – Competition is a trait both Hip Hop and Esports share wholeheartedly. Such as trait was the initial reason why HipHopDX decided three years ago to create an event which bridged the gap between the two worlds through the rap community favored event, DX TURBO.

 

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For the third go-around, DX TURBO took the high-powered event to Downtown Los Angeles’ illuminating creative hub The Great Company for Tekken 7 tournament powered by BET & Wingstop. As the first DX TURBO to be billed as an official BET Experience event, the venue was expertly split into a few areas that included a casual gaming area where attendees could test their skills and the tournament room where they could watch the brutal action via the centerpiece projection screen. Guests and competitors alike enjoyed specialty cocktails from Avion Tequila, Red Bull and flavorful Wingstop chicken wings and the AR+VR experiences of Black Eyed Peas’ graphic novel Masters Of The Sun through Marvel.

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Making its debut in arcades two decades ago before landing on Sony’s original PlayStation a year later, the Tekken series has gone on to enjoy several sequels and sell a total of over 44 million copies to date. When you factor in Tecmo’s Dead or Alive and Bandai Namco’s other popular Soul Calibur series, it’s still very clear that the Tekken franchise remains the premier leader in 3D fighting games.

Joining previous DX TURBO III champions Kirko Bangz and iPod King Carter (NBA Playgrounds) alongside Futuristic and Chris Tatarian (Street Fighter V) was the unlikely couple of Compton spitter AD and Jackie Tran, the latter who recently placed third in the ELEAGUE Tekken Team Takedown tournament in Atlanta. The championship was a spectacle for the ages, as AD fought back Page Kennedy from 0-2 to force the final elimination round, where he and Tran emerged victorious against Page Kennedy and top-tier Tekken player Cuddle_Core. (Ironically, Cuddle_Core won the top prize at the same ELEAGUE Tekken Team Takedown, becoming one of the leading females in competitive Esports.)

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The event brought out not only professional <em players but rappers, influencers, press and even some cosplay talent was in the mix. The packed house watched both individuals take on the likes of artists including Derek Minor, Domani Harris, Stro, Maestro, Drumma Boy, IDK and IAmCompton against pro-gamers Vanessa “Swag Master” Tan, Joseph “Joey Fury” Bennett and Mike “Suiken” Khieu provided by Level Up, HipHopDX The Breakdown host Murs and ELEAGUE host Steve “Tasty Steve” Scott provided color commentary for the live Twitch stream.

Other invited Hip Hoppers included MyGuyMars, Trap Beckham, Kooley High, EarlSwavey, Airplane James and former NFL star Tamba Hali.

Seeing that it was a HipHopDX event, DJ’s Hed of 92.3 The Real, IQ of 106.7 The Beat and Deezy all kept the audio temperature high with nonstop bangers of both the present and past.

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The Grand Prizes for winners included Hori arcade sticks and Victrix Pro headsets. Topping things off were limited edition blinged out controller necklace from King Ice.

Even if they didn’t win, they didn’t go home empty-handed. A gift suite was set up in the Great Company’s in-house recording studio Forecast Recordings and featuring gifts from King Ice, Street Level Clothing among other thank you items.

Those who missed out on the stream can rewatch here on HipHopDX’s Twitch channel and BET’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

Be sure to stay tuned for all coverage of DX’s BET Weekend alongside the winners of the 2018 BET Awards which airs Sunday night at 5 pm PST.

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