“One crew that is admittedly hampered by that last part of the equation is Styles of Beyond, the Cali crew made up of emcees Ryu and Tak, along with producer Vin Skully and DJ Cheapshot. Their debut album, 2000 Fold, hit me in gut during a visit to Dr. Wax more in 1998, and they’ve been one of my favorite groups since. I played the hell out of that album, put them at the top of my best emcee list and waited for Styles of Beyond to blow. The thing is, it just didn’t happen. Stuck in a bad label deal with the Dust Brothers, SOB was silent for a few years until they returned in 2003 with a new LP, Megadef, which was carried by the underground anthem, “Mr. Brown”. Following that LP’s release, Styles of Beyond went to work with Mike Shinoda on his Fort Minor project and inked another deal with his Machine Shop imprint on Warner Bros. They were poised for the breakout success they deserved.”
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