Wednesday, November 8, 2006

A Hip-Hop Classic

Its no lie that hip hop is different than what it use to be. All you have to do is turn on the radio and listen to the lyrics. Its all the same. I have not heard a song that after listening to it made me say, WOW! Well not until I heard about Binary Star. A buddy of mine made me listen to Honest Expression and my mind flew in circles. I knew I had to get this album. Its so good, you can actually taste it.


The duo started as an independent record label group, under their own Terrorist Records imprint. In 1999, they released Waterworld, which was recorded with a budget of only $500, because they could only afford studio time for a single take per song. All 17 tracks were produced by Trackezoids, formerly known as Held Hostage Productions. Only 1,000 copies were printed. Later on, they were signed by a distributor. This allowed Binary Star to re-mix and re-arrange the WaterWorld tracks and also add new ones. The final creation was Masters of the Universe. It sold over 20,000 copies, but Binary Star was never paid by the distributor. The album was released after the group had broken up almost a year before. OneManArmy cited creative differences as the main reason for the break-up, and says that although he and Silla have never had an unfriendly conversation and have done venues together, the group will stay disbanded. Currently, OneManArmy records under the name of One Be Lo under Subterraneous Records. Senim Silla is coming out with a new album soon under Sleeper Cell Records.
At the reunion show June 9 2006 in Ann Arbor Michigan, Senim Silla stated at the end of the concert that Binary Star was “back”. The Duo is scheduled to play at the Water World Weekend September 21- 24 2006.

Some of my favorite songs are:
Honest Expression
Reality Check
New Hip Hop
Glen Close

Masters of the Universe is a 2000 album from underground Hip Hop duo Binary Star. The release is a remixed and rearranged version of their 1999 debut Waterworld. The album was one of the most acclaimed underground Hip Hop releases of 2000, though it only sold around 20,000 copies.



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