Saturday, February 19, 2011

Beyond Reality/SOL

Ask Yourself One Time, What Do You Know?

This split 12" is the first vinyl release from Beyond Reality, and the first post-Blahzay Blah outing from Source of Labor. Beyond Reality's side features the track "Whatever", with hook provided by Felicia Loud. The "Moonlight Remix" of "Whatever" is in my opinion the stronger of the two, which is a sedated, dark trippy gem. On the flip side, Source of Labor represents with the track "Overstandings", along with its also superior "Wetlands Remix". What can I say, I've always been a fan of the b-side.
With this release, Kylea proves to be one of Seattle's dopest MC's of that era; her flow is impeccably even and on point. In contrast, Wordsayer's flow is on the dense side, and without Blah he tends to crowd the track a little bit. But he's an emcee who's always had a lot to say, and his flow is perfect for his message. Negus I, who produced nearly all the tracks, has always been a dope producer - I love his work with BR and SOL, and consider him one of the best beatmakers out there. He certainly doesn't disappoint here - Especially the "Moonlight Remix", which I think is one of his best tracks.
Kylea and Beyond Reality dropped a long-awaited full-length album, A Souls Journey, in 2007, but I don't know what she's been up to since then. Source of Labor unfortunately folded after their 2001 cd, Stolen Lives. Wordsayer has been successful managing some notable talent in the new crop of 206 hip hop, but I can't find any information on what Negus I has been doing. I sincerely hop he's still making music. Any info would be appreciated!



  1. Negus I moved to Pittsburgh several years ago, where he was doing web design consulting, I believe. I don't know if he still does beats anymore, but the brother Upendo is a multi-talented brother who also paints, sculpts, plays upright bass and can coax some of the dopest sounds I ever heard come out of an Akai MPC 60II sampling drum machine. I'm telling you, IMO Up's best beats weren't EVER EVEN RELEASED.

  2. Damn, that's nice, thanks for the information. Too bad for us he's not focusing on beats these days, but I hope he's got nothing but success doing what he's doing!