“This is the fourth and fifth installment of the Binary Star,” One Be Lo tells HipHopDX. “After Binary Star’s Masters Of The Universe and my S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M. albums dropped, One Be Lo jumped in the cockpit while One Man Army, the producer, went on a hiatus until 2017’s Water World 3 release and now officially with Binary Star’s LIGHTY and EARS APART.
He adds, “I wanted to rap over my own beats, but I wanted to do it at the right time. I wanted to build my arsenal, so I played with bands and other producers and engineers. Even though many people know One Be Lo as an MC, those in the loop know that early on he was making just as many flames on beat machines as he was on the mic. On LIGHTY and EARS APART, the two-headed dragon is back, breathing fire and blowing flames on beat machines and mics — revolving as a Binary Star system.”
The dual roles illustrate the Binary Star symbolism and are further explored in a story called The LOOMA, which was written by One Be Lo.
“One Be Lo holds down most of the vocals while One Man Army holds down a bulk of the beats on the album with a handful of beat contributions from The Tyrant, Gas Mask, MTK, Unjust and guitar riffs from Autocon comrad DMT,” he explains. “This project is released as a double album, which in itself symbolizes two stars that revolve around each other. There is also a Binary Star/Water World science fiction story that comes as a bonus with the two-headed dragon. The name of the story is The LOOMA (The Legends Of One Man Army).”
Check out Binary Star’s LIGHTY EARS APART stream, cover art and tracklist below. Fans can purchase the project here.
1. Bruce Libra f. Saywut
4. Low End Theory
5. Star Burst f. Bre Maa
6. Shootin Stars f. Gwaii
9. Black Holes
1. Big Dipper f. Saywut & Courtney Wheaton-Peck
2. Saddle Light
3. Light Years Apart
6. Gemini Gem in Eye f. Jason Berry
8. The Last Supper Nova
9. Saturn Sad Turn Around (Sstar) f. DMT
10. Orion f. Kodac & Ro Spit