In early August, DJBooth joined forces with Strange Music and Monster Energy for Tech N9ne's Warrior Built Emcee Contest. 4,000 submissions later, we're proud to announce that Bloomington, Illinois rapper Jay Trilogy has been selected as the winner.
Jay will be flown to Kansas City to record a new version of Tech N9ne’s “P.T.S.D.” at Strangeland Studios and will also shoot a video for the song. The final version of both the song and video will be available later this year.
"After taking a look into Warrior Built and what this contest was all about I was obsessed with being a part of it," Jay explained in an e-mail to DJBooth.
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Given Tech N9ne and Strange Music's extraordinary reach, the young artist knows that the exposure his winning contest entry will afford him cannot be measured:
"I've been given a chance to take a huge step in my career and vastly increase my fanbase and it's all because I kept at it and came harder instead of backing down."
Based on the sheer volume of contest entries that were received during the three-week submission period, it wasn't easy selecting a winner, but according to Tech N9ne, he knew the winner as soon he heard it. "Jay Trilogy really made me say, ‘DWAMN!'"
All of the proceeds from the sales of the Tech N9ne and Jay Trilogy version of “P.T.S.D.” benefit the “Warrior Built” charitable organization. Founded by Nick Hamm, a former U.S. Marine, wounded in the line of combat, “Warrior Built” seeks to honor the service and sacrifice of combat veterans and wounded service members by providing vocational and recreational opportunities.
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