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Don't miss an epic display of beats, precision and swag! Hosted by celebrated R&B singer, Sammie, the exhibition will feature performances by some of the best on the field.

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About Battle of the Beats

Don't miss One Yard's epic Battle of the Beats, where precision and flavor will earn you bragging rights! Hosted by a top celebrity HBCU alum, along with a panel of notable entertainers and influencers, the clash will feature three rounds of intense competition between some of the best bands in the land.

Homecoming is a sacred tradition amongst historic colleges and universities that are unapologetically Black. No event more notable than the Big Game’s Halftime Show—where opposing bands and dancers give the same fiery competitiveness as the teams they represent. And Battle of the Beats keeps that same energy live and through your screen.

What does it take to be on top? Showmanship, for one. Skills, of course, number two. But to win this battle, bands will have to add that sauce to their routines that will be dripping Swagu. So, it’s battle time, as we celebrate HBCU band culture like never before and see whose punch is the tightest, whose stick game is on point, and, most importantly, who’s going to “Win House.”

Welcome to One Yard’s Battle of the Beats!

ABOUT OUR HOST, SAMMIE

The world watched Sammie grow up from a 12-year-old sensation into a record-breaking and multi platinum-selling singer, songwriter, and performer. In 2017, Sammie showed the world that he has fully come of age with the release of his third record and first independent full-length LP, Coming of Age [Star Camp Music/EMPIRE]. This body of work confidently transitioned Sammie in evolving into the artist he’s worked towards becoming for the past 18 years. “I was blessed to have a sense of stardom and limelight at a young age,” Sammie exclaims. “I was a little boy when I first entered the hearts and heads of fans. There’s a substantial difference in the man they see before them now. I’ve matured. I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve had a lot of wins. I’ve had a lot of losses, which I’ve found lessons in. I’ve never taken my foot off the gas though. There were certain detours I needed to take to get back on the right road. Today, it’s beautiful to be on this path. I’m blessed, grateful, and humbled to be here. I’ve come of age.”

The year 2016 set the stage for his second album, in which Sammie delivered a bona fide hit with the I’m Him EP. The Shade Room touted the title track and it transformed into a viral smash with over 2.7 million Spotify streams and 1.9 million YouTube/VEVO views, between garnering praise from HipHopDX, AXS, Revolt, YouKnowIGotSoul and more. Sammie continued to constantly record, engaging his audience by personally previewing the writing process on Instagram. You could say his followers “executive produced” the music. He most definitely evolved over the course of these 13 new anthems.

In 2019, Sammie proved that Coming Of Age was just the pit-stop to his next musical journey, and shot fire on all creative cylinders with the release of his highly anticipated fourth studio album, Everlasting. The project showcased Sammie's rich and deep soundscapes and provided the perfect platform for impressive vocal runs and timeless R&B swagger. The atmospheric nature and infectious tone gave way to clever choruses and vivid storytelling, showcasing his undeniable growth, maturity, and progression. The new project Life As Such is healing, won't be anything less than what every woman and man needs to hear to help restore their hearts, have hope and heal.

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