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Tonight, the Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle returns to Houston at Venue (718 Main). "Not sure if you made it out last year, but believe me, this is an event you do not want to miss," swears former Houston rap-promotion shaman and current AustinSurreal point man Matt Sonzala, who plans to make the short drive down 290. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; there may still be time to RSVP to www.redbullbigtune.com for free entry. Otherwise it's $5.

About a dozen up-and-coming beatmasters are scheduled to square off starting around 10 p.m. Sonzala recommends rappers and "all y'all in the industry" come out, because "you just might find your next new super producer." Also, Michael "5000" Watts will be your DJ for the evening, Willie D. of the Geto Boys will perform and a special award will be presented to Mr. Lee (Geto Boys, Slim Thug, Snoop Dogg). And supposedly Red Bull has some sort of new cola-flavored drink, so there's that too.

One of these 12 will outlast the rest:

Drewski Lab Ox S1 Sound Mob Chinky P Picnic T Ward Anwar Mack Neon Collars EQ (the contest's first-ever female entry) Desiac Mr. Rogers

To set the mood, we'll hand things over to Willie D, in a tonsorial state of mind... - Chris Gray

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