Rhyme Report Da Beatminerz Release 'stifled Creativity' LP, Share Animated Video For 'Back in Style' Single Featuring Ras Kass

Published on July 8th, 2024 | by Just Jay


Da Beatminerz Release ‘Stifled Creativity’ LP, Share Animated Video for ‘back In Style’ Single Feat. Ras Kass

With an illustrious career that spans more than three decades, Da Beatminerz have produced countless classic records, helping pioneer the dark, gritty sound of underground Hip Hop, and is Back in Style. Just a day shy of the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album Fully Loaded w/ Statik, the legendary production duo releases their third album Stifled Creativity via Soulspazm. Almost 15 years in the making, the new album is a culmination of styles that “Boom Bap Ambassadors” Mr. Walt and DJ Evil Dee have come to define, and features previously unreleased recordings with De La SoulKRS-OneSmif-N-Wessun, and many other longtime collaborators.

We started working on this album in 2009… We had one focus and the focus was to stick to our core sound. We just wanted to bring back our traditional way of attempting a classic album. Everybody has their own type of Hip Hop that they love. Well, this is ours. – Mr. Walt of Da Beatminerz

The crew also released the vibrant Anthony Edwards-animated music video for the album’s third single “Back in Style”, featuring Ras Kass.


  • “My Year” ft. De La Soul, Pharoahe MonchRasheed ChappellCorey Glover
  • “Seckle… Once Again” ft. KRS. OneSmif-N-Wessun
  • “Seckle” ft. KRS-One


Da Beatminerz defined the dark, gritty sound of underground Hip-Hop in the ’90s. Formed in 1992 by brothers Walter “Mr. Walt” and Ewart “DJ Evil Dee” Dewgarde, the production duo pioneered Hip-Hop’s brooding vibes, a tonal shift that came with the release of Black Moon‘s classic debut album Enta Da Stage. As producers of the seminal 1993 project in its entirety, Da Beatminerz set a precedent for hardcore Hip-Hop. Their sample-heavy, gutter tracks laced with heavy basslines, and hard kicks and snares helped reshape the music genre. In 1995, along with a third official member, Baby Paul, Da Beatminerz produced the entirety of Smif-N-Wessun‘s classic debut album Dah Shinin’. Their production credits eventually extended to records by Naughty By NatureEminemD’ AngeloMOPHeltah SkeltahBusta RhymesNextEightball & MJGNasDave EastRemy MaStyles PGhostface Killah, among others.

By 2001, Da Beatminerz expanded to five members, with producers Rich Blak and Chocolate Ty joining Baby Paul, Evil Dee, and Mr. Walt. That year, the group released their debut album Brace 4 Impak, via underground staple Rawkus Records. The album featured guest appearances from Royce Da 5’9″Ras KassDiamond DPete RockTalib Kweli, and more. By 2004, the crew narrowed back to its original members, Evil Dee and Mr. Walt, and the duo released their second album, Fully Loaded w/ Statik, followed by their instrumental album Unmarked Music, Vol. 1 in 2007.  Da Beatminerz went on to lend music to an episode of Hulu’s hit series Wu-Tang: An American Saga. Moving into multimedia, the duo produced music for VH1’s series The Breaks, and helped score Netflix’s The Forty-Year-Old Version.


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