By JC Poppe Special to Published May 09, 2011 at 1:33 PM

After announcing that the Miltown Beat Down was accepting submissions for its 2011 edition last month, 68 people registered for the event. Due to the large number of submissions, MTBD creator Jordan Lee decided to expand this year's event from 16 producers to 32 that will battle to reach the finals at Turner Hall June 10.

Each of the four preliminary rounds will feature eight producers vying for the two finals spots each prelim round is allotted to award. The battles begin this Thursday at the Jackalope Lounj inside of The Wicked Hop and will continue for the next three Thursdays at the same location. The battles begin at 10 p.m. sharp and are free to attend.

This year's competition features a mixture of Beat Down veterans and past champions in addition to several fresh faces, and the event is returning to its roots as a head-to-head competition.

Thursday, May 12
TreCold vs. Bubba
White Russian vs. OVA
Audio Pilot (formerly Dave Derrilykt) vs. Jungle Boy
DJ Heavyweight vs. Cash Beatz

Thursday, May 19
Andy Petr vs. Bad Character
*Hitmayng vs. TradeMark
40 MIL vs. Sinister Reality
ClassiCal vs. Big Steve of GooniTunes

Thursday, May 26
Reason vs. Mc Cullah
Mixed Up vs. Luxi
GoodWill vs. Mighty DR
Hurrikayne vs. Jooney Dubz

Thursday, June 2
Sam Winters vs. Saul Garza
Mark Valdez vs. Jihad Baracus
James Jaxin vs. BakTrax
Lex Luthor vs. Champ

The winners of each preliminary round will be announced on the Fridays after each round.

An announcement about the guest judge/judges for the finals, as well as a list of prizes, will be released later. Tickets for the Miltown Beat Down finals at Turner Hall can be purchased in advance here.

For your enjoyment, here is a promo video they cut for this year's event: 

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Born in Milwaukee and raised in the Milwaukee suburb of Brown Deer, Concordia University Wisconsin alumnus Poppe has spent the majority of his life in or around the city and county of Milwaukee.

As an advocate of Milwaukee's hip-hop community Poppe began popular local music blog Milwaukee UP in March 2010. Check out the archived entries here.

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