Styles of Beyond
Megadef


4.5
superb

Review

by LiveWire420 USER (3 Reviews)
October 11th, 2006 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Aggressive tone and tag-team rhymes. That is the first thing I think about when I listen to Styles of Beyond. Production on Megadef comes courtesy of hotshot nobodies Cheapshot and Vin Skully, who craft a hard-hitting collection of rock-influenced beats (the skuzzy, Iggy & the Stooges–looping “Be Your Dog” and the excellent Bob Marley–based “Mr. Brown” are highlights). The precision of these guys is amazing.

Ryu, know as the "ranch dressing" of hip-hop for his ability to bring flavor to anything, shines on "Pay Me". Known for lightning quick cuts, Styles slow things down on "Pay Me," decrying how greedy promoters anticipate free gigs. Glossy baselines populate another standout, "You Lose," where rhymers Tak and Ryu trade language with charisma rivaling Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg. Rocking retro, "Eurobics" goes strong with an agile resuscitation of electro-rap. And Ryu summarizes their current state on "Live Enough", "We changed for the better and got back together".

Takbir is one the most on-point rappers in the game today. A modern day Rakim in that every syllable hits the beat perfectly, he never lags or slurs his vocals like most other rappers who lack control. Just listen to his verse on "Pay Me" where he starts rapping double-time and tell me that isn't impressive.

This is a big improvement over 2000 Fold. A big criticism of this album is that they try to be too "gangsta". As far as this album being more gangsta; the only change is Ryu rhymes harder. Listen to "Bleach" where Ryu starts rapping in an Irish accent. That's not gangsta, that's fresh. And Takbir still has the same abstract style he had on 2000 Fold, he hasn't changed a bit. On "Eurobiks", he says he's got a "fascination with the Human League". How is that gangsta? That's like Ice Cube rapping about how much he likes Erasure. On the same track Ryu boldly makes references to Depeche Mode and Wham. Where I come from that is NOT gangsta.

These guys are a rare commodity. They rap hard, but they rap well. These guys are two of the greatest lyricists I have ever heard. One the most impressive things about this album is that it manages to be catchy without being poppy. You will definitely be singing along with most of the tracks. This is a must own for underground fans.


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Hatshepsut
October 11th 2006


1997 Comments


Hey the guy that's always on Fort Minor.

LiveWire420
October 11th 2006


90 Comments


Both of them were

Bfhurricane
October 11th 2006


6197 Comments


i may have to check this out just because from the look of the name i thought it would be some crappy Megadeth rip-off

CushMG15
October 11th 2006


1802 Comments


Livewire, you have solid taste in hip hop. Keep the reviews coming. We need to get these artists more exposure.

Zmev
October 12th 2006


983 Comments


Limewire is having a good run. I dig.

LiveWire420
October 12th 2006


90 Comments


Thanks for the support. I will definetly be reviewing more underground stuff in the coming weeks. And who knows, maybe one day I'll review something besides rap, but for now I know rap better than any other genre.

CushMG15
October 12th 2006


1802 Comments


Have there been any hip hop listening parties? If not, it's something to think about.

smokersdieyounger
October 17th 2006


672 Comments


Really good review, I want to hear this. The idea of rapping in a mock irish accent sounds interesting, as well as their choices of sample beats.

JayVex
September 28th 2007


383 Comments


Hey, isn't Nine Thou on this album? Or is it called something else here?

MrHell
August 27th 2008


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^^ yeah. The songs called "Superstars", but its the original. Nine Thou is the remix of it.

Good review. And I agree, SOB isn't gangsta (most of the time). This album is in my Top 20.

Cadda
May 2nd 2010


162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sick album.
BTW, I think that's Australian rather than Irish.



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