DX News Bits: Styles Of Beyond Prepare New Album, Mopreme Shakur Reflects On Tupac Shakur

The Styles of Beyond are preparing a new album, and Mopreme Shakur reflects on the life and career of his late brother.

Despite having sixteen years under their belt, California crew the Styles of Beyond have only managed to release two full length projects. Now, however, it looks like west coast foursome is ready to drop their long-awaited Reseda Beach album.

Originally record for Mike Shinoda's Machine Shop Recordings, Reseda Beach will finally drop on Dirty Vision Recordings this October 23. The album features guests Celph Titled, Apathy and Mike Shinoda, and production from the likes of J Dilla, Mike Shinoda, Apathy and Scoop Deville.

The tracklist can be seen below.

1. Here We Go (Produced by Scoop Deville)
2. Hard (Produced by J. Dilla)
3. Sugar Honey Iced Tea (Produced by Vin Skully & Co-Produced by Cheapshot)
4. Take That f/ Celph Titled (Produced by Aqua)
5. Call My Name (Produced by Apathy)
6. Bumble Bee (Skit) Starring Alex 2Tone
7. The Pirate Song (Produced by Vin Skully & Co-Produced by Apathy)
8. Damn (Produced by Vin Skully & Co-Produced by Cheapshot)
9. Dumb It Down (Produced by Apathy & Co-Produced by Mike Shinoda)
10. Howdy Doody (Produced by Cheapshot & Co-Produced by Vin Skully)
11. Live from Ibiza (Skit) Starring Alex 2Tone
12. You Love Us f/ Somaya Reece (Produced by Vin Skully)
13. Shut Everything Down f/ Celph Titled (Produced by Vin Skully & Co-Produced by Apathy)
14. Dunky Fividends f/ Apathy (Produced by Vin Skully)
15. Second To None f/ Mike Shinoda (Produced by Mike Shinoda)
The Valley (Outro) Starring Alex 2Tone

In other news, yesterday was the 16th anniversary of the death of Tupac Shakur. In light of this, Tupac's older brother and former member of Thug Life Mopreme Shakur chopped it up with Train Wreck'd Society to reflect on the life of his late sibling.

Mopreme spoke on the impact that his brother's music made on Hip Hop culture and the after effects of his murder. He feels that both Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. have effectively watered down the message of Hip Hop and led to the increased commercialization of music.

"I believe that after Pac and Biggie, the powers that be were scared to death and decided to censor and stifle certain artists and types of music, messages and themes," he said. "Or the machine makes it financially impossible for an indie artist to get some light. This was already happening before the whole music business shrunk from digital impacting the business of music. The bubblegum artists get the big machine, but they often sacrifice their message. The machine has totally immobilized some artists and nearly all reality rap, aka Gangster rap."

Check out the full interview at Train Wreck'd Society.

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  • Anonymous

    "Unless you're signed to a money-hungry label. It will not be heard and that's honestly pathetic" With the internet, every artist out there can be heard. It still comes down to sales, and the only reason Pac and Biggie were as popular as they were was because they had achieved that status. That's just the way it is. Popular rappers who sell get all the advantages: Radio play. Video play. Magazine covers. Soundtracks to movies.

  • Anonymous

    "In other news, yesterday was the 16th anniversary of the death of Tupac Shakur" Nobody talks about it anymore.

  • JL

    I agree with this shit 100%. Cultural poems that instigate certain situations in this current time of reality, aka, 'Gangsta Rap,' which is just renown experiences which are thoroughly pronounced in lyrics has been outcasted. Hopefully this will change... Honestly - I don't think I'm the only one sick of seeing a rapper in zebra pants acting like Axel Rose or tattoing themselves for some sort of notoriety like they're a god damn Sailor Jerry. Let's be frank - You need to speak your own words. Not the words your producer wants you to. Fuck - Dedication 4 by Lil' Wayne was WANTING to be charged for money by his producer. It's a money hungry game and this game is targeted towards a bunch of post-NWA born folk, whom know nothing of the real game. 2Pac and Biggie were expanding their lyrics and meanings. Mostly everyone in main-stream hip/hop whom are in their place are diminishing it. I listen to XM/Sirius everyday on Shade 45 and 44-HipHop. It's all mainstream shit. Really sad moment - It just takes ONE person to really have the voice, lyrics and standards to totally demolish Def-Jam, YMCMB, and Aftermath. Unforgettably - Unless you're signed to a money-hungry label. It will not be heard and that's honestly pathetic. The best artist of the Hip-Hop/Rap genre will be from someone whom fresh-starts a label and doesn't give a single fuck about what's needed to be heard. But what needs to be heard.

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