Tony Matterhorn who made is name from New York sound King Addis walked away with $500,000 and the Soundclash championship belt after demolishing four sounds in the second city, Montego Bay on Thursday night.
The Soundclash put on by Reggae Sumfest and its partners was a great vibe. The superb layout helped to recreate the Soundclash atmosphere. Each sound had their own stage that was strategically placed around the venue. The use of zinc-fences bearing the name of each sound, and how the fliers were plastered on the zinc definitely set the tone for a dancehall soundclash at the Pier 1 venue.
The first to be eliminated was Japan's Yard Beat, who violated the judge's rules when they played a song that was not from the 90s during a challenge from that era. Nonetheless, Yard Beat was later added after they highlighted that Tony Matterhorn had committed a similar violation.
After some chatter, the judges which included DSR's Scatta Burrell, Dr. Sonja Stanley Niaah, and Collins Hinds made the final ruling, advising that after the next round, two sound systems will be eliminated indicating that Yard Beat was given a new lifeline.
Clearly upset over the ruling and by the accusation, Matterhorn got a little hotheaded and threatened to leave the competition. When it was his turn to play, Tony Matterhorn used the opportunity to not only kill sound boys; he also lyrically murdered a judge while debating that the Assassin he played was released in the 90s.
Clarendon's No Limit Sound and Germany's Warrior Sound International who was eliminated for playing an expletive were the first two sound systems to go.
But Japan's Yard Beat was no match for Tony Matterhorn or New York's Soul Supreme who were clearly the front runners for the coveted title. Not even a dubplate from Rankin Pumpkin could help Japan's Yard Beat.
Tony Matterhorn who was jeered all night about having a jacket, flattened the place when he explained that his birth name was "Tailor" therefore, getting jackets and sending them off was his business.
Matterhorn's biggest competition of the night came from New York's Soul Supreme who fell short as they did not have enough musical shots to kill him.
All in all, despite a few glitches, Tony Matterhorn was victorious. The Soundclash was hosted by Floyd and Nuffy who was dressed as a referee.