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Canadian champ Adam Dou­b­leyou has stiff com­pe­ti­tion from Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and be­yond

DJ In­ferno (Ja­maica) Even be­fore hip-hop took turntable ma­nip­u­la­tion to new lev­els, DJ bat­tling was al­ready well es­tab­lished in Ja­maica, where dub­plates were of­ten cut specif- ically to tear into an op­po­nent’s rep­u­ta­tion. This is DJ In­ferno’s sec­ond try at the world cham­pi­onship, and he won’t pull any punches.

Eskei83 (Ger­many) Ger­many’s first Thre3style cham­pion, DJ Eskei83 has some truly im­pres­sive battle skills, which is prob­a­bly why YouTube videos of his per­for­mances con­sis­tently get big num­bers. He’s also got a packed gig cal­en­dar and far more in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence than most of his com­peti­tors. Dee­Jay RayRay (Tai­wan) DJing is a dis­pro­por­tion­ately male in­dus­try, and DJ com­pe­ti­tions even more so. DJ RayRay is not only the first (and only) woman com­pet­ing in the world fi­nals, but she’s also Tai­wan’s first ever Thre3style Cham­pion. She brings a clas­sic jazz-in­flu­enced hip-hop vibe, with a Tai­wanese twist, to the event.

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