Crooks & Castles  "J.U.S.T.I.C.E. 4 Crooks" Contest Winner Announced

UPDATE #5: Congratulations to Austin, Texas' M.I., who won a J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League-produced track.

This summer, HipHopDX partnered with Crooks & Castles, Karmaloop.com and hit-making production team the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League for "J.U.S.T.I.C.E. 4 Crooks" contest. One lucky winner will win a track created by the outfit responsible for hits with the likes of Rick Ross, Drake and Jay Rock.

After hundreds of applicants were received, the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League determined the following five finalists:

"Done Seen It All" by Sean Perry

"Everyday" by B-EZ

"Maybe I" by M.I.

"Dreamers" by Camden

"CrookLife" by Tre Seven

One vote per IP address. Voting ends at the end of August 11, 2011. Read contest rules and details.

(August 4)

UPDATE: Get to know the nominees:

Sean Perry
Age: 22
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Influences: Notorious B.I.G, 2Pac, Jay-Z

See more. Hear more. Follow: @IAmSeanPerry

M.I.
Age: 24
Location: Austin, Texas
Influences: Kanye West, Eminem, Common

See more. Hear more. Follow: @MDotI

Camden
Age: 25
Location: High Point, North Carolina
Influences: Outkast, Busta Rhymes, Scarface

Hear more. Follow @MatrimonySlim

B-EZ
Age: 23
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Influences: Jadakiss, Ludacris, Jay-Z

See more. Hear more. Follow @BEZMuzic

(August 10)

UPDATE #5: M.I. is the winner.

Runners-up (in order) are as follows:

Sean Perry

B-EZ

Tre-Seven

Camden

Stay tuned to HipHopDX for more information.

108 Comments

  • TRE SEV

    MUCH LOVE TO ALL THE FINALIST AND M.I FOR WINNING KEEP DOING YALL THING..

  • CAMDEN

    Big ups to all the finalist and the winner M.I thanks to justice for making me a finalist. to hear more camden go to facebook.com/theofficialcamden youtube.com/matrimonyslim soundcloud.com/theofficialcamden "The Down" Coming October

  • M.I

    Thank U everybody. 'Prep Time' & 'The Jack Johnson Sessions' available now for FREE Download. #coldplaysessions december 2011

  • Alex Mendoza

    I'm glad an Austin artist won

  • Monsta Beatz

    CAMDEN AGAIN GOT THIS ONE!!!!!

  • Jean-Pierre

    B-Ez did his thing on the beat. Everyone else was ok

  • ALeonB

    About to pull a Ye move... But I'm just not the type to sit and let this pass by... M.I. you did your thing... But I gotta say that I murdered this track twice as hard and left it for the roaches... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bowDWxl6lwE I admit that the mixing isn't the best. But I'm a lyricist... & I'll continue to better myself at that aspect of the game. & ya know

  • Amenda Green

    I love The Interracial Rom-ance! It is so nice. My boyfriend and i both think so. He is black, lol. I know him via (HotBlackWhite* CO M)- a nice place for black white singles, to interact with each other... no bounds or extremes in front of true love. Check it out or tell your friends.M.i. definitely got my vote!

  • LOLA

    "ME AND MA NIGGAS GOTTA GET IT WHATEVA!, I LIVE THAT CROOK LIFE"...UGHH!!! LIKE TAKING CANDY FROM A BABY.

  • SEAN PERRY

    1ST N 4MOST CONGRADS ON THE FINALIST...2NDLY, DESPITE THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS THIS WAS DEFINITELY A BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE...WANNA THANK ALL THAT SUPPORTED ME N I LOVE U GUYS WIN OR LOSE...(HOPE I WIN THO LOL) THE WORLD IS OURS 4 THE TAKEN... F.II.T ENTERTAINMENT RIP SPUD McKENZIE

  • Anonymous

    $WonDough$ Age: AgeLess Location: 305 Influences: La Vida Loka See More Hear More: youtube bitch

  • HOLLY

    SEAN PERRY GOT THIS !!!!!!!!!

  • Edward

    M.i. definitely got my vote!

  • devante barnett

    u got this bro have faith

  • Darlene Myers

    I just paid $24,31 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic GF 1 Camera that we got for $34,26 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 42 inch LED TV to my boss for $678 which only cost me $68,18 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentSpace.com

  • Streat

    B-Ez's Terminator Salvation video is tight. Ya'll need to click his "see more" tab and check that joint out. Pure hottness!!!! I got a feeling the world will hear from him again!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Big ups to those who got top 5 .youtube.com/watch?v=TjRNMlLbyPA Justice For Thieves by $WonDough$ IS HE GOING TO HAVE TO STEAL THE SHOW

  • Anonymous

    im voting for tre seven there both dope artist and nobodys killing it like that

  • Anas Lili

    yooo im Voting for sean perry from MOROCCO North africa im his fan overseas even you deleted me from ur facebook i was just kidding but it doesnt matter i will vote for u just for ur music not u personally :)

  • Monsta Beatz

    CAMDEN....THE BEST RAP BRO!! RESPECT!!!! AND GOOD LUCK 4 ALL OF YOU IN CONTEST !!! MONSTA BEATZ PRODUCTION !

  • ThankYouTrapGod

    Yall sound like a bunch of haters, who cares how they got here, I never heard any of these dudes EVER so its all an opportunity. I think that boy B-Ez had the best track though. M.I killed that joint too. B-Ez had the best chance to go make a video and the whole 9. Now back to my WTT cd!

  • Luke

    glad to see they picked a bunch of hacks to "win" a beat that 500 people will have on their mixtape. The finalists are related to someone who knows someone that is connected to Justice League. Dont believe for a second they listened to all several hundred submissions from start to end. They knew a select group of people they were going to prop up for the exposure and that was it. All the rest are probably still sitting in a mailbox "unread"

    • sho u right

      whatever you say....bad engineering hasnt stopped songs from being quality..just listen to wuts word

    • Luke

      Sean Perry - he needs a better mic, but overall it's on point. In this industry, its about the beat & the hook. What i feel is most important to "stand out" is irrelevant.

    • getaclue

      Sho You Right.... that justice for thieves track was not anywhere near the quality of any of these 5. You are massively wrong. That Justice for Thieves track has terrible engineering as there is a ton of feedback in the microphone and the dude rapping has a very blotchy delivery. Nowhere near the level of these tracks.

    • Mac

      Lol...predictions and assumptions...that's cool...we're all entitled to our opinions Luke but I deal with facts only...but since you're so outspoken which artist stood out to you?

    • Luke

      I'm not an artist and i dont know if i what i predict to be true, but it sure enough fits the mentality of the rest of the industry. 4 out of the 5 selections are a joke, rapping about shit i've heard 100x's before. 1 of the rappers is unique, but his production sucked. Most of the artist that i directly visited their link had something up on these artists who were selected. I dont care either way who wins, i'm just stating what so loudly smacks me in the face. I'm not a hater, i love hip hop and this beat was sick with it... so sick with it.. IT SHOULD HAVE MADE A STATEMENT.. not just another beat behind someone saying "got money, hoes and clothes" whatever though, kiss my ass :c)

    • BUBA SHRIMP

      I HEAR DA BOTH OF YOU

    • Mac

      Bubba...wrong is wrong homie...you can't assume shit you don't know...he's basically saying this fight is fixed and it's not...

    • buba shrimp

      I dont think he is hating...I think luke is just expressing his thoughts on what is going on

    • Mac

      At first I wasn't gonna respond to you Luke but check this out buddy...for example B-Ez is from Baltimore, Md...home of some of the worst hip hop artists in America...I don't think anyone from Justice League has even been to Baltimore let alone helped an artist out from there...therefore your lame ass theory is 100% false my dude...It took them weeks to go through those submissions and pick some songs...do your research and kill the conspiracy theories...if you don't know something for sure shut up and sit down...tired of yall making shit up just to be in the comment section...go hate on some other contest...these guys worked hard...did you submit a song?...are you an artists?...if so step your rap game up and stop whining...

    • SHO YOU RIGHT

      YOU PROBABLY RIGHT, I HEARD DUDE SONG RIGHT UNDER HERE(JUSTICE 4 THIEVES) AND I THOUGHT IT WAS BETTER THAN ALL THEM FINALISTS...WHATEVER SUPPORT GOOD MUSIC

  • Anonymous

    .youtube.com/watch?v=TjRNMlLbyPA Justice For Thieves By $WonDough$ IS HE GOING TO HAVE TO STEAL THE SHOW

  • Anonymous

    .youtube.com/watch?v=TjRNMlLbyPA Justice For Thieves by $WonDough$ IS HE GOING TO HAVE TO STEAL DA SHOW

  • Goodman Charles

    I just paid $23,98 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $37,59 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $677 which only cost me $72,13 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentStart.com

  • Luke

    You'll win a beat that 1500 people will have on their mix tape. woohoo!! :o)

  • J

    No lie, I can't say I was too impressed with most of the artists. Lyrics should go a long way into the making of these songs, and after listening to some of these finalists, hip-hop doesn't necessarily need another artist added to its roster that just boasts of hoes, money, bullshit. Support good music.

  • Mark Seven DaIssue

    Vote for my song to be featured on the next Coast 2 Coast Mixtape!! http://www.coast2coastmixtapes.com/audiodetail.aspx?audioid=62694

  • yOuNg hAppY

    yo i appriciate all u guys for trying to compete against me even though i won i give yall props for goin up against a vet like me i kno it wasnt ez by the way crooks my shirt size is 2x has to b royal blue

  • yOuNg hAppY

    yo justice league we gotta have a sit down n drink dr pepper together one day

  • yOunGhAppY

    WINNER!!http://youtu.be/COrcBU1L0FM

  • yOunGhAppY

    yo crooks i need that hat in royal blue that chain letter C

  • yOunGhAppY

    yo boy your happ done killed them softly yo for my crooks jaccet size is 2x make sure its royal blue justice league please make me another banging beat who wants to feature me on there tracc trust me ill make your song sound better i already wrote the hook no charge for a 16 dont yall wanna rap with the top finalist witch is me whos down yo crooks my jean size is 36 make sure they some blue ones n my hat size is 7 n a half

  • yOunGhAppY

    young happ won hands down aint no point of even voting when young happ already won yall needa stop playing young happ killed it dont yall c young happ on the top 5 finalist i voted young happ

  • Aguirre Lloyd

    I just paid $23,98 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $37,59 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $677 which only cost me $72,13 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentStart.com

  • MUMMZ

    PERRY GOT IT,THAT BOY FLAMED THEM NIGGAS

  • Anonymous

    SEANPERRY KILLED THAT TRACK,THEM OTHER NIGGA DID THEY THING THO,BUT THAT NIGGA PERRY FLAMED IT...

  • Anonymous

    B-EZ has the best song in my opinion...

  • Justin Romero

    I don't know why some of y'all so mad cuz you ain't make it. Lol. Someone needed to teach some of y'all sportsmanship with a scoop of man-the-fuck-up. Yea, I did an entry too, and the moment I saw I didn't make the list, I made a new beat to it and kept it movin'. I'll probably enter the next contest, too. Cuz my life ain't dependent on a contest I saw on Twitter. Lol. Y'all trippin'. Ego trippin'. Anyways: Sean Perry: Not my favorite, to say the least... It was aiight, but I feel like out of all the entries a better one than this one could'a been picked. B-EZ: Flow and voice was a lil better on this one. I liked it. M.I.: Gotta say it was one of the best one's on the list. Flow, voice & pattern were ON POINT. Good shit Camden: This one was pretty dope, too, at first. I just felt like the hook was kinda weak. Then I felt like I've heard that flow before... *shrugs* TreSeven: This one was pretty raw, too. I liked it all around. I ain't gon' tell y'all which one I voted for, but at least you know how I felt about um. Haha! Final note: Tell me why all y'all sang the exact same melody? Lol.. And was the phone effect really necessary? Things y'all can think about. Lol.

  • M.I.

    What's good. This is M.I... I did the Maybe I track.Big S/O & Respect to all the finalist. I appreciate nebody who voted. Not gonna lie, b ez went in. But I think I held my own. Ive gotta be in the top 3 at least. Ima still try to rack up votes & win, But its all good either way. Whatever happens. But I got 2 projects if anybody wants to chk out. PREP TIME & The Jack Johnson Sessions... Let me wrap it up and let some more of these haters chime in... M.I

    • Donald

      M.I - You were easily the realist on this track. I think that track kinda sucked all in all and your normal producer does a way better job on Prep Time. All those beats are true gold. (Except for some of the Bass lines). But I hope you win this and get whatever it is you deserve son. Then come up North and drop me some V.I.P tickets so we can kick it. Later fam

  • Anonymous

    Respect to the finalists... Here's my entry for the one's that'd appreciate it... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bowDWxl6lwE #You Know What?

  • KingSiRhC

    this contest is fuckin bullshit, From an engineers stand point everyone of these picks are horrible, Vox mixes are fucking ami at best, ANY OF YOU MOTHER FUCKERS EVER HEARD OF SONG STRUCTURE? Crooks and Castle don't know shit and being producers Justice League fuckin failed on this one, I didn't even enter this contest so I can only image how people with entries feel. Everyone of these vocals ruins this beat on the real. If anyone really care I will pick apart every Vocal mix and tell you whats wrong with it. Crooklife Was the only track that I could listen to for more then 45secs and it still sucks I'm not talking about what there saying I am talking about the quality of production and they are all garage tracks!

  • kyle

    SEAN PERRY KILLLLLLED IT

  • AnuTheGiant

    My entry in case any of you want to check it out. I'm going to delete it once the winner is selected. I'm open to criticism, it sparks growth. http://soundcloud.com/anuthegiant/giant-mongst-men

  • Samoan

    best flow, hook, rhymes I gotta give it up to M.i.

  • 1dollar2dreams

    No need to hate on the dudes that are finalist if your track wasn't good enough. That doesnt make you any better. Big Buzz, Small Buzz, No Buzz, everybody is still a work in progress. B-Ez had the best track though, never heard of dude but now im anxious to hear more of his material.

  • JAYLIS

    GO ON FB CHECK ON MUSIC JAYLIS ON MY PROFILE TRYING TO GET IT OUT THERE!

  • The smOke

    blotterink.bandcamp.com , "What I Got" is my submission...lyrically, I think I got these cats...

    • anonymous

      Not bad, I'll be honest. You were better than maybe one or two of these. Having said this, you aren't touching B-EZ's track. His cadence and delivery are very good.

  • Mac

    Shouts to all the participants but B-Ez is by far the most polished emcee. That second verse is nuts. Hopefully people start paying attention to this kid. Since when are there lyricists from Baltimore?!

  • Carlos Bravo

    muy bueno metan mano

  • DJ Black House

    B-Ez was cranking on this track. Delivery was the best, and gave it the best mainstream appeal. Definitely going to checkout more of his material. Hopefully he gets a show down in DC soon.

  • Streat

    Each song has its own unique style and flow. Love the creativity on the hooks as well. B-Ez ripped it tho. lyrically he went in on the beat. Hope to hear more from this dude. He flow is mainstream without a doubt. Millions of records sold in his future.

  • DopeKicksandChicks

    Listened to all the tracks, M.I. & B-Ez had the best tracks. Imma go with B-Ez though. I saw him at an open mic when I visited my cousin in BMore, dude got a nice flow.

  • TrapStar11

    Ay dat boi B-Ez went in on that track real talk. Salute to the other artists tho, they came with the heat to. But B-Ez to it to another level ya dig.

  • HUstle2BMore

    B-Ez killed it, Baltimore Stand UP!!!

  • DipSetByRdGaNg

    Damn the Justice League couldnt give them a doper beat? Smh, B-Ez had an ill track tho.

  • Bently2G

    B-Ez hands down. He sounded the most polished on the track. M.I was cool, but other than that aint no competition.

  • Uptown26

    B-Ez had the best product. The message on his track was best delivered. With the finalist were given a better track though.

  • yOunGhAppY44

    Props to everyone that participated n tried if u didnt make top dont trip itll only make u stronger n remember everyone got talent n everyday u getting better n one day you will shine juss keep on grinding stay focus n never hate on the next man im pretty sure u all shining in your part of town!!ONCE AGAIN B EZ GETTING BOY!!lion in the jungle azz EMCEE!

  • Jordan

    & Suede Swigga you talkin bout minor buzzes but you here cryin on blogs like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHmvkRoEowc

  • Jordan

    Crook Life was the catchiest 1. Who had the dopest verses is subjective to what each person likes personally but after listening to each of these records the 1 that got stuck in my head was Crook Life. Props to everyone who got picked dont pay no mind 2 the ppl down here hating because their version didn't make it 2 the top 5. If you gonna argue with top producers as to who thought did the best 2 their beat then you gonna forever be an underground soundclick jackin rapper cuz the commercial producers dont mess wit you. But anyway I voted for Tre Seven because of memorability but if i went by lyricism it would be B-EZ

  • markato

    1. M.i 2. B-ez 3. Camden

  • yOuNghAppY

    dang yall went pretty hard i knew i shoulda did a story line instead of rymin after ryme props to yall top 5 cats but ima go for b-ez much love to the justice league ,crooksncastles,hiphopdx n karmaloop yo if yall have time checc out what i submitted i wonder if i even made top anything how bout top 19 haha http://youtu.be/COrcBU1L0FM

  • Anu The Giant

    You clearly didn't listen to my entry if these are your top 5 selections.. I hear no connection to the track nor chord progression in these entries. These cats are rappin their ass off but I hear no songs. There's no timeless joints, each will fade fast. #JustSayin www.AnuSun.bandcamp.com

    • AnuTheGiant

      My entry in case any of you want to check it out. I'm going to delete it once the winner is selected. http://soundcloud.com/anuthegiant/giant-mongst-men

  • Jahbari ElementzEmcee Townsend

    These tracks are cool. Honestly, I think these tracks were partially picked because of the quality of them. I say B-EZ got it. His verses are dope! S/N: I should've been a finalist lbvs! www.reverbnation.com/elementzemcee "Hit Man"

  • FROGGER

    All the songs sounded pretty good but camden got it all the way easy b-ez kinda sounds like eminem to me and m.i sounds like fabolous just my opinion though

  • Ganjarelli

    B-EZ easily. I listened to each song twice just to be fair. Best flow, wordplay and chorus, in my opinion. Now i'm gonna check the comments and submit my choice, see what everybody else said.....

  • hmmm

    Everybody kinda did there thing on it for the most part & yall kno its true. Ima say M.i got it tho. B ez got 2nd. 3rd is a tie between tre & camden

  • kyle

    suede swigga sounds a little butthurt hahah

  • Anonymous

    1ST OFF CONGRADS TO ALL...LETS STAND AS MEN W/O THE NEGATIVETY...AND MAY THE BEST MAN WIN...

  • Suede Swigga

    Stop killing "HIP-HOP" supporting garbage!

  • Suede Swigga

    All these songs are ass. Flows, hooks, and concepts. All of the lyrics are average as shit. Justice league has horrible taste in music if this is the top 5. SMH. All these niggas that won have minor buzz also, That's the only reason that they were selected..... Guess that's the game now days....

    • Mac

      Exactly...I can't argue with your opinion bruh...it was the buzz comment I didnt agree with...and the contest was truly fair cause music is a matter of opinion...for some reason they didnt like your shit...that doesn't make you a bad artist...you're just someone they didnt care for...someone else might...keep grinding and submitting to contests but dont be overly salty if you dont win...somebody has to lose my dude...stay up

    • Suede Swigga

      How would anything get better if we ain't criticize it. And although at the time I was was responding negative, I ain't write it for people to put they 2 cents up about my overall view of the contest... I did submit and I do rap, that why I feel like they didn't judge on just lyrics and content. I ain't hating on the artist... I don't like the songs that were selected, but TRUE. I guess i shouldn't be mad about a critics critiquing. We all entitled to our own opinions.

    • Mac

      Suede...I cant argue with your opinion on the songs but they were supposed to select a winner based on major buzz also?...explain that...how does one get discovered?...you're not born with a buzz dog...you have to start somewhere...this may be the start for one of those cats bro...did u submit a song?...do you rap?...give those guys some credit man...the negativity is lame...thats whats wrong with the hip hop culture now....everybody is a critic...

  • Anonymous

    B-EZ easily took this. Never heard of him but his second verse was straight fire. Props to him for a dope track. I rank them: 1st - B-EZ 2nd - Tre Seven 3rd - M.I. 4th - Camden 5th - Sean Perry

  • Anonymous

    Mad props to the final 5 thought they had some good stuff check out mine and my homies entry called "Natural" thought it was top 10 worthy lol Myspace.com/akarespect

  • Clint Barton

    That B-EZ track is sick

  • I Wonder

    No hate at all...like for real....but is this what they really wanted? Niggas singing(very avg. to me), all over the place lyrics, and TRYING to come up with slick wordplay to incorperate Crooks and Castles and Justice League into their bars. C'mon son! Its all good though, 100.

  • Anonymous

    wow that first first on tre seven's version was 50cent right?If not he sounds exactly like that nigga

  • tha truth

    All this shit better than label hip hop today! Sign the true street niggas and send the bullshit back to the pop genre they represent.

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