Washington, D.C. buzzmaker K-Beta has hooked up with Inner Loop Records and DJBooth.net to bring listeners his debut full-length, Inglorious Beta.
In regard to the album’s title, K-Beta stated, “The word ‘inglorious’ refers to being in a state of utter shame and disgrace…I reflected on all of the trials and tribulations of my life, and searched for perspective through reading, meditating etc. It helped me understand that shame is [a] tool with which many build hiding places. Creating this album has helped me lift up the rug and expose all of the dirt
Featuring “Burn Thru the Journal,” “Come Closer,” and 14 more new tracks from the rising star, the project finds K-Beta joined by a wide array of DMV-based collaborators, including Diamond District (Oddisee, XO and yU), Illa Ghee, Sketch, B. Sheba, Mina and Midian. Production comes courtesy of Team Demolition, Kev Brown, Kokayi, J-Scrilla, Overok, Souful! and E-Minah aka The Grussle.
The DC area is on the verge of breaking out in the music industry, becoming a breeding ground for talented and motivated artists. Respectfully known as the “D.M.V” – The District, Maryland and Virginia consists of a rather large culturally diverse area of people who all share the love of Hip-Hop. Deriving from parts unknown to the majority of the hip-hop community comes an undeniable force with ferocious lyrics, a timeless style, and an astonishing work ethic that will surely pave way to a destined, prosperous future. The Microphone Monster, live and direct from the 703 area, it’s none other than K-Beta of Inner Loop Records.
K-Beta is a solo artist, but he moves as an army of one. By turning mere partygoers and spectators into believers of his talents, the public ultimately have witnessed the “it” factor that few artists’ possess. When asked about his audiences' reaction, K-Beta stated, “Everybody who hears my music is affected positively by it, I have been given a gift that I don’t fully understand most of the time. All I have to do is get up there and rap and people love it. Ask them.”
With a track record matched by few in the DC Region it’s hard to believe he began his career in 2004, as a member of local favorites The Thundercats. The road to his present day position and stature was full of tremendous road blocks that would cause any to forget about their dreams. However, he knew that his true passion was Hip-Hop. K-Beta has taken the last five years to sharpen and hone his skills by performing multiple times throughout the week in bars, clubs, or anywhere where a mic and crowd is present. Under the independent label Inner Loop Records, K-Beta has continuously released thought provoking tracks, MC party anthems and groundbreaking music that has placed him in a category far surpassed his fellow competitors. In his lyrics he articulates his ambition and intensity, “ I gotta keep it triflin’ & gritty / until I short circuit every open mic in the city / chasin’ fame like the coyote after the road runner / leavin’ the club with a pocket full of numbers.”
In May 2009, he teamed up with DC's #1 DJ, DJ Alizay, to release the seminal mixtape, 89 to 09. The cleverly conceptual project showcased Beta remaking a Hip-hop classic from each year in his own fashion, while Alizay provided the cuts and mixed the tracks together to create a highly entertaining ride through 20 years of Hip-Hop. Later that same year K-Beta was featured on the two lead single (Guns and Butter and No Love) from producer J-Scrilla’s compilation album, Culture of Honor.
Now in 2010, he has returned with a free full-length debut Inglorious Beta featuring 16 original songs. When asked about the meaning of the album title K-Beta said “The word “inglorious” refers to being in a state of utter shame and disgrace. As it relates to the album, I reflected on all of the trials and tribulations of my life, and searched for perspective through reading, mediating etc. It helped me understand that shame is tool with which many build hiding places. Creating this album has helped me lift up the rug and expose all of the dirt underneath.” The album features guest appearances from local DMV artists like Diamond District (Oddisee, XO and yU), Illa Ghee, Sketch, B. Sheba, Mina and Midian with production from Team Demolition, Kev Brown, Kokayi, J-Scrilla, Souful! and E-Minah aka The Grussle.
His surroundings make him arguably the most talented, hardest working, and most buzz worthy artists in an arena full of talented musicians waiting to be discovered. When met with the opportunity to listen to or come out to bear witness in person at a show, you can be sure to walk away convinced K-Beta has “It”; the most indescribable, elusive asset that you can only explain as “It”.
released 01 April 2010
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