New York's Platinum Kids sound system, featuring Paul and Marcus Gavin, won the recent US Rumble sound system championship at Amazura nightclub, Queens, New York. It was the second annual US Rumble nationals, produced by Irish and Chin. Seven sound systems entered a musical war for a spot in the international Irish and Chin World Clash competition.
All seven sounds entered the Amazura stage hungry for the coveted title of America's National Champion Sound-US Rumble Champion - yet only one sound could walk away with the title and that went to Bronx, NY Platinum Kids.
Platinum Kids had the least clash experience of the entrants. "We may not have the deepest dub box or clash extensively, but over the years we have learnt that it's all about the crowd. Mek sure you entertain them to the best of your ability and win them over," said Marcus, the MC of Platinum Kids.
Also competing were defending US Rumble champion Innocent Sound (Florida) and the runner-up in last year's inaugural US Rumble, King Shine (New Jersey); One A Day (Philadelphia); Riddim Force (Florida); Kosmik (Brooklyn, NY); and Black Magic (Atlanta), who met with Platinum Kids in a nail-biting 'tune fi tune' face-off.
At one point in the final matchup, Platinum Kids led 4-0, but Black Magic came back to level the scores. Platinum Kids went on to play dubs of Carl Dawkins' Satisfaction and Mighty Diamonds' I Need A Roof to win 6-4.