Styles of Beyond


Styles of Beyond is an underground hip hop group from the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, and consists of: MC Ryan Patrick Maginn (Ryu), MC Takbir Bashir (Tak), Colton Raisin Fisher (DJ Cheapshot), and producer Jason Rabinowitz (Vin Skully).

Under their belt are three albums [2000 Fold (1998, Ideal); Megadef (2003, SpyTech); Reseda Beach (2012, Dirty Version), one mixtape [Razor Tag (Presented by DJ Green Lantern) (2007)] and the credit of being heavily featured on Mike Shinoda’s Fort Minor project in 2005 [We Major (mixtape) (2005, Machine Shop Recordings/Warner Bros.); The Rising Tied (2005, Machine Shop Recordings/Warner Bros.)].

At one point they were also signed to Shinoda’s Machine Shop Recordings label, although they left the label in late 2008. They were one of the two (later replaced by Alien Ant Farm) special guests at the ‘Street Soldiers Tour’, concert tour by American rock band Linkin Park. They are also heavily associated with the underground rap group Demigodz which Ryu is currently a member of, and over the years has featured similar underground artists such as Apathy, Celph Titled, and 7L & Esoteric.

If anyone is here, the possible reason(s) is/are:

(1) You heard them on the soundtrack of the 2005 game “NFS: Most Wanted”.

(2) You heard them on the ‘Fort MInor’ project of Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.

(3) You – a fan of underground hip hop