Interview: RYU of STYLES OF BEYOND

April 27, 2009

M: You’re the first interview I’ve done for this site. Thanks for taking a minute.
R: im fucking honored. your welcome, and thank you. i have alot more minutes than you do. So maybe i should be thanking you for asking the questions. anyways..what’s good pimp sauce!

M: I posted a little while ago about an incredible track you did called “My Little Razor Blade.” Tell us about that track.
R: we heard the original track by the Knife and loved it, so we did some hip hop magic and reworked it. that song has a certain emotion in the beat that is hard to capture in hip hop music. we actually have a new Get busy song called “shoot me up” that captures that same feel. maybe even better. Scoop killed it on the beat. cant wait to put my verse on that. i’ll send it to you when its done

M: What’s your favorite track that you’ve been working on lately?
R:i have a song with Scoop deville that im doing called, “i wanna rock” shit is bananas. you’ll see why when you hear it.

M: What’s up with the other guys from Styles Of Beyond?
R: I still see Cheapshot and Vinscully all the time, they’re doing great. i haven’t heard fromTak in a long time, so im not sure what he’s up to

M: We were all really let down that Warner Bros. didn’t want to put out Reseda Beach. How did that situation go down?
R: From what i know about the situation is, Warner would have released the record, but the marketing budget they wanted to give us was so small, it would have been a monster flop. We felt we were not on anybody’s radar at the company, so we decided it would be better to leave, as opposed to dropping a brick and still being stuck in a contract with a company that has no interest in hip hop. luckily with your help, we were able to walk away from that situation with our album

M: Are you guys planning to put that album out? When / how?
R:Yes we are, i think we’re just gonna do an itunes release, and press up a small amount of cd’s. we just need the artwork and we’re good to go. we’re gonna put alot of effort into licensing our music. Its always been our bread and butter, so we’re gonna go with what we know. expect it out in 2 months. 3 tops

M: How’s it going with the new solo material? How many songs have you done?
R: Its funny, alot of people ask me about my solo album. the truth is, i’ve never been working on a solo album, i have some really good songs i’ve recorded that could be used for an album if i chose to make one, but its not something im really into right now with the state of the music industry. If i had a reason or a good situation to release an album, i would love to do it. im actually having a good time writing for other artist at the moment. I also just did a song with Rob Dyrdek, and Bishop Lamont called “Dirty girl part 2” It came out great, so we’re gonna shoot a video for that in June at the Palms casino, directed by Jesse Terrero, who did all the 50 cent vidios. the song was produced by Rob’s cousin Drama, who is about to do big things. the kid got beats! But trust me, Dirty girl part 2 is the anthem for this summer!

M: I heard a couple new tracks that you’ve done with the Get Busy Committee. They were phenomenal! How is that project going?
R:Get busy committee is the shit! Apathy comes out to my house in May, he’ll be here for 3 months, we’re gonna finish up the GBC album as well as the Demigodz album. get busy is so fun a refreshing, i love doing it. Its the first project i’ve been really excited about in a long time

M: What do people need to know about Ryu that they don’t know?
R: I think people think im a super aggressive, rowdy, heavy drinking, party animal, i guess i have moments like that,but really i just like to relax and hang with my family, watch laker games and chill with my close friends. im not really the club guy. im pretty accessible if people wanna get at me, you know where im at. if not you can keep up with what im doing at any of the following fine locations.

twitter.com/TherealRyu
facebook- RyuDemigodz
http://www.myspace.com/sobryu

Remember The Name – Fort Minor

“My Little Razor Blade” The Get Busy Committee from treylorpark on Vimeo.

mike

59 Comments

  1. nillp on May 2, 2009 at 7:15 am

    great “new thing” here..

    hope Reseda Beach releases soon!

    cannot wait to hear the new stuff he has been working on..!

    have a great time you all..

    mk’nil ♥

  2. noahk on April 30, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    How would someone such as myself get in on creating / submitting artwork for consideration by Ryu and Styles of Beyond? http://noahkameyer.net

  3. Girl_X on April 30, 2009 at 4:11 am

    Just get rid of these people and never talk about them again!

  4. analoggirl on April 30, 2009 at 12:17 am

    I’m guessing this interview was in response to your detractor, but I’m happy to read it regardless. Thanks to you and Ryu for sharing an easy conversation about a difficult situation. Respect to Ryu and (most of) the Demigodz crew for brushing themselves off and showing the world that they’re still hungry. I love “My Little Razor Blade” and I’ll keep my ears open for new material from GBC and SOB.

    With this interview, you revealed a little more of your character. It’s clear that you still have your friend’s back and you still embody that “rising tied” philosophy. You remind me, yet again, of why I’m a fan – and why I keep coming back to mikeshinoda.com. 😉

  5. murry on April 29, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Aww, I’ve missed those guys. I hope SOB can find some way to get their work out and that they don’t let the disappointment of the business get them down or affect their friendships.

  6. NoMoreSorrowGirl on April 29, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Ewwwwwwwwwww!…Mike your sssooooooooooooooooo ccccccoooooollllllll on the Remember tha name video…

    Nice interview…”Pimp sauce”

    HAHAHAHAHA!

  7. Trishlish on April 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Mike,

    twitter.com/therealshinoda
    That is not you, correct?

  8. todraw on April 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Hey cool thing mike^^ i am happy waitin the new album of them good to hear some news^^ an am wonderin who u gonna interview next xD

  9. Sakshi on April 29, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Hi, mikey!!!
    the interview was quite good and i am very happy to know that you are so ineractive…..
    So when are you comin to India????????🙂

  10. NoFace on April 29, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Heard about the whole headache with Tak, so this interview is such a relief. I have been following the case of Reseda Beach since last year(it was supposed to be out back in Spring 08, now it’s Summer 09!) and like many other fans, I was pissed at WB. I really hope this time, the release of RB is not another false announcement. I know Tak kinda put the blame on you, but we believe you have done your best, man. Remember how you said all your hiphop energy was put into the SOB record. I will not believe Mike Shinoda would ever be irresponsible with his artists/friends and when it comes to music business. So whatever happens, just create your music, we got your back. And rock on, Ryu!

  11. Fredolen on April 29, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Hi Mike..please let me know.. how did you stereozize the tracks of Fort Minor .. Remember The Name..just sounds awesome..was it an AMS or a plug-in or whatever??? Just curious!! All the best for you and your friends..Fred

  12. nurba on April 29, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Nice interview,Mike.I really can’t wait SOB’s “Reseda Beach”.Guys,you’re really amazing mcs!Fort Minor & SOB rocks!

  13. ThunderStrike on April 28, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Mike, are you ok? First you become a doctor, and now you’ve become a journalist! What’s next on the list – firefighter, police officer, pilot or something more surprising? xD
    Also, now that you’ve learnt to take interviews, you can interview yourself and other members of LP. It’ll save you from being misquoted =D
    Nice interview btw, thanks!

  14. Maaark on April 28, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Hey Mike! Thanks for the interview. The first time I’ve heard about Ryu’s when he featured some FM songs. For sure he’s got the talent, but the Music Industry’s not helping the talented ones, which sucks. I’m glad he’s having a good time writing songs to other artists. It’s a way to do what you like and to get some extra cash too. Maybe LP could invite him to sing one of your new tracks? It’d be awesome!

    Oh yea, thank you for putting his Twitter page! I’ll follow him there. Oh yea, you should get one too man!

    You rock man! Take care!

  15. zahra on April 28, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    bananas!!!…lol….i wonder why!???>.the music industry is hiting every ONE !!AAAA F THAT!!! i wish ryu much luck!!!….e is a great guy…and his music speaks for its self…..cant wait to hear the new stuff…and MIKE U FORGOT TO PUT UP THE VIDEO FROM THE SPEECH U MAD IN THAT art school!!!???? I’M STILL WAITING!!!…..tc….have a great day…tc…bye

  16. BrazenEntity on April 28, 2009 at 3:44 pm

  17. Sintia on April 28, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Go head!! Well I think it was an interesting interview. Its probably good since you would know what questions to ask and what not. 1st interview I give………B-
    Practice makes perfect.
    I hope you , LP, and your families are doing good.

  18. BigBadOdalis on April 28, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Wonderful interview “pimp sauce” (as Ryu says). Or is is Dr. Shinoda? We can even go furthur back than that. Spike Minoda? Shinnizle? lol.

  19. Madlen on April 28, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I think you did a great job:)It would be cool if this turns into a new section here…i would be really nice.:DI like Styles Of Beyond and I was kinda pissed when I read that post about Warner nit releasing their record.It’s good to know that they’ll manage to do the work by themselves…and with your help i guess?:D

  20. Philliphera on April 28, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Hey Mike nice interview.^^ I say it again: I like how you communicat with us, the fans. But I forgot to show/ say something to you: http://www.meissen.de/ and this: http://www.amazon.com/Final-Fantasy-VII-Advent-Soundtrack/dp/B000AO8CH4/ref=pdbxgymimga .Don’t take this wrong, it’s not like I am too proud of our country or wan’t make commercials or something, I just wan’t to show you this bc you like art and of course you ARE an ARTIST and MUSICAN. If you come to germany again, maybe you have time to visit the museum in Meissen. Belive me it’s worth it and impressive AND inspiring … and the soundtrack too. It’s classical music.
    Best wishes Kimi

  21. Curiosa on April 28, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Dang, I missed spraypaint’s comment. Wow Tak said that? If memory serves me right much of what happened w/the album happened while u were on tour so obviously u couldn’t b there 2 really fight 4 them (led me 2 question how u’re able 2 fully manage a label when u’re not always there). Around the same time we started talking about going indie vs. big labels & hearing the complaint from 2 different people sort of makes me wonder if maybe u were being influenced w/the idea of going indie. I can tell u’ve done a lot for SOB & I’m sure they appreciate it (I do) but this makes me wonder if u did enough 4 them when they really needed u.

    So…will they be on the soundtrack?🙂 TC

  22. durg on April 28, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    d-d-d-drama beats!😄

  23. rockermeg on April 28, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Yeaah! I’m glad Get Busy are coming out with a new song and that the SOB album is OK to go🙂
    Can’t wait to hear all of it!
    Hope there are more awesome interviews coming🙂
    Speaking of Machine Shop…what’s up with Holly Brook?? I loved her Like Blood Like Honey album…but we haven’t heard anything since; what’s the deal?
    xxx

  24. Eddie on April 28, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Cool stuff Mike!!! The interview is awesome!!! Remember The Name is a F*****G AWESOME SONG!!!! I LOVE IT!!!! Also Kenji, Where’d You Go, The Hard Way are favorites from The Rising Tied!!!! Love them!!!

  25. karolp on April 28, 2009 at 10:23 am

    ahahhahaha mike like reporter !! I never thought this.. good idea !! and one ask.. or better.. 2 asks: 1st – why do you cut your hair mike ? it’s really short.. and 2nd: why Brad don’t cut his hair ? god… he need !! kisses from Brazil and happy bithday for me

  26. KOBSHI on April 28, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Haha, I love the following: M: ..Thanks for taking a minute. R: im fucking honored. your welcome, and thank you. i have alot more minutes than you do. So maybe i should be thanking you for asking the questions.😄 Now I know Ryu is a funny guy.
    Even thought I’m not really familiar with Ryu(all I know him is from Fort Minor), I definitely enjoy his interview, it helps me understand more about music industry especially hip hop, and I wish Ryu: “good wine needs no bush” (有麝自然香) : )
    Um.. I know this is a crap comment, but all I want to express is I’m appreciate you always try somethings new! just like what you do in music usually. Thank Mike and thank Ryu.

  27. Merecy on April 28, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Hi Mike
    It’s a very good idea!
    You are the best ^.^!
    Have a great day
    M/merecy

  28. Kalini on April 28, 2009 at 9:43 am

    It’s an excellent idea to start doing interviews. I’ve expected something about SOB after your response to SpraypaintNinkpens. I’d like to wish good luck to Ryu and the rest of SOB. I’m sure RB is a great album and that the Bulgarian rap fans will love it, just the way they loved TRT. I hear today only great hip hop news. I saw today the video “Dime Piece” of the Bulgarian pop singer Lilana feat. Snoop Dogg and Big Sha (Bulgarian rapper). The song is written by Ariel Rodriguez, the lyrics are written by Reggie Ruckus and Snoop Dogg. The song will be released in the US during the summer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tRL-fWV5Uw. The BG rap fans are so happy for this collaboration! KK

  29. Chemist999 on April 28, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Oh, Fort Minor times…

  30. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on April 28, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Hello Mike🙂 nice intervew ^^ Thanks for posting here and sharing with us ^^ give my love to Ryu :D:D

    Take care and have a great day gabry

  31. SalmonSushi on April 28, 2009 at 6:36 am

    ^o^

  32. _Bianca_ on April 28, 2009 at 2:06 am

    I assume it was an email interview? I like the idea though🙂

  33. Wotur11 on April 27, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    hope the cd will be released soon i cant wait thanks for the interview mikey :XXXXX

  34. soyuneik on April 27, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    What I say? ‘Shit happens’. I don’t care for gossip- I don’t know shit. But what should it matter to me as long as I get a CD? The Majors are afraid of change and by change I mean anything with actual fucking style. I’d take creative freedom over a Major Label any day. Its a double-edge sword, like everything, you have to play balancing act. When I started making beats, I’d overproduce. (extra melody) I thought I was hearing the rest of the beat. Later on, I realized I was hearing how the emcee should rhyme over it. I’d try humming how they should spit it, but no one ever caught it. I can’t name many emcees that ride the melody like that. When I heard SOB, ha, ran out of space;C)

  35. ThePrincess on April 27, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Great interview … Oh i miss Fort Minor Especially Mr Tak Bashir ( I loves him .. he’s my man🙂 .. ) Could you interview him sometime ?? because I had not heard a news about him for a long time .. I will really appreciate if you wanted !! well thanks for the interview and for enclosed FM video of course .. have a nice day .. And stayed healthy.. DR Shinoda !!

    NOTE : “i wanna rock” shit is bananas ??? is that actually a song title ??? oh very scary !!!

  36. outlawserenade on April 27, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Shinod, keep your day job.. Naah, j/k. Thanks for posting this and for making the interview! Duly and truly appreciated!

  37. JaySinkie on April 27, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Great interview Mike, thanks a lot for doing it. I’ve posted it on SOBCentral too, I hope you don’t mind.

  38. MS_Ineedyou on April 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for the interview and the vids.!! —Brooke .

  39. cuz on April 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    You always look out for a way to develop this blog… I’m really impressed how many things you can do. Great to hear from Ryu! He’s the man. His new music is cool and I can’t wait for Reseda Beach! So it’s good to know it’s really coming. The interview is great and I loved the sentence “i have alot more minutes than you do” so much, ha! That was a good point!

  40. WonderG on April 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Great interview!

    Haha!

    Krazy videos;)

  41. lucky_cat on April 27, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Well done, masked revenger😛
    I’m really exited about the GBC album!

  42. xomusicmaniac94 on April 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I like the interview idea. Hopefully we will continue to get the pleasure of reading them.

  43. Raiden on April 27, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Great idea! Making interviews. You always make good suprises Mike.🙂 Maybe an interview with Chester about Dead By Sunrise?😀 That would be cool. Can’t wait the new Transformers track also. I wish you guys the best.

  44. ShadowerLiltani on April 27, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Someone (an annoying someone) comes on here and bitches at you for your integrity involving the issue of WB vs. SOB. Then, a few days later, and interview with Ryu pops up. Coincidence? I think not, Mr. Shinoda! Lol, I’m only teasing, I know you’re just trying to help them out. You interview well😀 Good luck S.O.B., I wish you guys the best.

  45. mike_n_LP_4ever on April 27, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Dra-Dra-Drama Beats ! Oooh ! So that’s why Drama got a pic of him and Ryu on his Myspace !🙂 And there’s gunna be a Dirty Girl pt. 2 ?!?! OMG ! I have the first one on my iPod🙂 Bobby Light’s so irresistible — Muchacha sucia, sucia! lol Pimp Sauce ? HAHA! I wanna hear the album; it sounds pretty amazing.🙂

    -Cati

  46. linkingabo on April 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    he did a song with Rob Dyrdek?….I didnt even know Rob uses his voice😀 ………btw what do you think? maybe next time you could do an interview with the sweet Holly Brook…..:)) ….btw waiting for new SOB materials ;))

  47. spraypaintNinkpens on April 27, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Nice interview. With that being said I apologize for my remarks last week over a quote TAK gave in an interview that made it seem like you ditched them. Ryu said you helped them out and I believe that; there’s always two sides to every story. Fort Minor is my favorite group,its just tough to see your favorite group potentially mad at each other with all the signs pointing to the end of that band. Hopefully one day fences can be mended and you can work on making a new rap album. ( Hopefully you get to drop a verse or two on the new LP album) Thanks again mike.

  48. keineAhnung on April 27, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    you really did an interview with ryu?…ROFL…that’s awesome…good to hear some news about him🙂 good to see everything is going well…but DAMN!!! -.- they’ll release reseda beach only on itunes!?…that sucks!! I wish I could just go to some shop and buy the album (don’t like itunes)

    oh, and @heavy drinking party animal: HOW comes people think that? ROFL and thinks of various fort minor messageboard chats ;p don’t fear the beer, man!! ROFL

  49. Ana_ on April 27, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    That’s a really great idea Mike! Pretty cool interview! And you were great in your first time as an interviewer!😉 A request: interview all LP members please!😉 “My Little Razor Blade”, I just love that song… Ana.

  50. bojkic on April 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    yeah, Mike must have laughed a sh*t off doing this😀 eheheh! didn’t you, Mike!?

    Yet, you made it look so serious here😀 Great person chosen for the interview, I was wondering when will we see that album coming. Can’t wait for it!

    Have fun as you always do!😀 Bojan, Serbia

  51. lpstaind1226 on April 27, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    great interview mike!!! this should clear some things up for a lot of people…

  52. _MiHaRu_ on April 27, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    wow cool!!you’re a quite good interviewer!!even if I can imagine you laughing all the time while doing this…weren’t you?? 😛 anyway the new interview-idea for your blog is really great and I wouldn’t mind (as rachaellp said) a Chaz’s interview..maybe about his solo project….no wait..better!why don’t you interview for us all the dead by sunrise’s members?it would be awesome!well..think about it!a big kiss for you..have a nice day🙂

  53. alyeska39 on April 27, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Cool! Are we to assume that there will be more of these? That should be fun!

  54. noturninbacknow on April 27, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Hey Mike, not bad for your 1st shot at interviewing!!!

    LS

  55. merve on April 27, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    hey, i love this new interview thing!cool idea!!

  56. RazToritsuki on April 27, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Yo… wow… Ryu always stood out 4 me in Styles of Beyond etc… I think hes totali awesum tho- hes reeli gotit in him… unfortunateli, sum rappers do wah dey do… n r shit at it… fankfuli, hes pretty dam sikk n its reeli kl watchin n lisnin out 4 him… i mean, apart 4m eminem n a few- how mny wyt rappers do u get? hmmm…

    hey hey Doc, luvin da interview, gratz on ur 1st on dis syt…
    giv Ryu our luvv…
    gd job Doc… nyc…
    Raz…

  57. miKer0cks on April 27, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Wow great Mike🙂 Excellent idea inetrviewing Ryu🙂 Thx to him too for taking the time🙂 Just awesome🙂 Thx Mike🙂 have a great day🙂
    o.O it’s monday today!!! Band meeting day!😛 Say hello to all the guys from me🙂

  58. RachaelLP on April 27, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Ryu is one cool kid, thanks for the interview. Who’s up next? A Chester Bennington interview would be good maybe, i hear he is entertaining in interviews.

  59. Zara on April 27, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I think this is a great idea for your blog Mike.

    I can’t wait to hear Reseda Beach hope the artwork gets done soon, and thanks to Ryu for singing the Spice Girls for me last week🙂

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