Judges

Richie Branson

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Who?

Richie Branson (born Marcus Brown II) is a music composer and producer who has worked with a variety of notable brands including Marvel Studios and Def Jam Recordings.

As a composer, Richie has worked on a multitude of notable projects, including providing additional score for the hit MMORPG Marvel Heroes, and producing soundtrack for the mobile game Mission: G-ROK, backed by Grammy award winning rapper T.I. and legendary music mogul Russell Simmons.

He is also an accomplished hip-hop artist, gaining notoriety in 2012 after penning multiple songs for Adult Swim and touring with mc chris. After gaining a loyal following as a hip-hop performer, he achieved billboard-charting success with the release of his “From Guardia With Love” album.

After his nostalgia-filled videogame influenced raps went viral on various major gaming blogs (including Kotaku, IGN, Destructoid, and more), Branson began an intense study curriculum in computer programming. Armed with experience coding in C# and Javascript, he began developing his own games in late 2014.

Richie Branson and Kadesh Flow made up Team Krunktaku and won the VPC III handily last year.

Kadesh Flow

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Who?

Kadesh Flow brings realism, consciousness, and nerd-life together in riveting flow format. He has composed original music for Toonami Asia and for web series such as Sassy Batman and Buyer's Remorse (French Kiss Records), performed live at the Cannes Film Festival, shared the stage with the likes of Caroline Shines, The Revivalists, B.o.B., CBDB, and others. He has been publicly lauded by outlets such IGN and Kotaku.

Richie Branson and Kadesh Flow made up Team Krunktaku and won the VPC III handily last year.

Thomas Quinlan

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Who?

Hand’Solo Records to release quality Canadian hip hop being overlooked by the industry, starting in 1996 with the release of Bassments of Badmen, a compilation of hip hop from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and continued with msuic from many of the best in underground Canadian hip hop: Buck 65, Moka Only, Tachichi & Moves, Ultra Magnus & DJ SLAM!, Backburner, and, individually, its members Wordburglar, Swamp Thing, More Or Les and Chokeules.

Thomas was also co-host for radio show Lord Nose What?! for three years and host/human jukebox for the Silly Robots podcast on 2Kool4Radio.com for two years, in the early 2000s. He has also worked as a freelance music journalist for a little over two decades, having written for Exclaim.ca, HipHopCanada.com, Urbnet.com, Watch Magazine, and Japanese magazine Clue. Thomas is excited to be judging the VPC for his second consecutive year, so don't make him regret it.

Brandon Hood

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Who?

Brandon L Hood aka "President Hoodie/Sir Hoodie/Hoodie/lolidunno" is the Founder & Project Manager of blog/netlabel/community Chiptunes = WIN, Dept Head of MAGFest Music, bassist for VGM metal band Lords of Thunder ridiculous host of the Brandon Talks' podcast on Geekbeatradio, and all around fun-loving rascally goob.

Also, Sam Adams Cherry Wheat is the best thing ever. #FiteMeBro ᕙ( •̀ ︿•́ )ᕗ

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