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Biography

In 1999 Masai Bey made his lyrical production and scratching debut simultaneously on a 12inch, alongside Cage and Space titled "Paranoid Android", released in England on DC Records. This would be the beginning of The Weathermen, which was at the time a production duo consisting of Masai and Cage. This alliance, along with his lyrical presence, resulted in contributing vocals to Cage's "And So Kiddies…", co-production on "Mersh" on Bobbito Garcia's Fondle 'Em Records and the hook on Smut Peddlers "For The Record" on Rawkus Records.

In 2000, Masai was advised by Cage to give El-P of Company Flow a call about possibly recording some material. After months of contemplating and meditating Masai decided to give El-P a call, which led to
Masai Bey's contribution to The Weathermen's, by this time a lyricist collective, debut song "Same As It Never Was" (2001) and his solo debut song "Paper Mache" (2001) on "Definitive Jux presents II".

In 2002, Definitive Jux rereleased "Paper Mache" as a single with two additional songs titled "Nonstop", produced by Masai Bey and "The Beginning" produced by El-P featuring BMS and Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox. During this period, Masai spent his days writing, creating music and recording in a studio owned by BMS.

In 2003, Masai spent his days writing, creating music and recording in a studio owned by BMS and by the end of that year Masai Bey and BMS released an “out-of-the-trunk” split 12 inch single “Innersection(BMS)/Rapavenge(Masai Bey)”. By August 2004, Masai had finished his limited “Masai Bey’s Goldmind EP” released independently. This out the trunk cd was greeted with a very positive response causing anticipation for a full length album with “real” distribution. This goal was met with the release of Masai’s debut 14 song full length album “Natural Magic Music” on Raptivism Records in 2006.

In 2006, Masai Bey joined the roster at Uncommon Records by releasing another full length, “The Panacea Goldmind”, digitally in November of 2006. This album contains some hard to find tracks from the afore mentioned “Goldmind EP”, but features mostly all new tracks and a revamped audio sound for the whole project. “The Panacea Goldmind” is a high energy undeniable b-boy dream. It’s a highly anticipated release from an established veteran of the New York underground scene.

In 2007, Uncommon Records released Masai Bey’s full length album with BMS titled “C87”. The Weathermen/Indelible Mc’s continue to push forward, steamrolling into 2008 with this hot release.

With over 20 years of writing rhymes on his belt and over 15 years of "mic experience", Masai Bey has performed on many stages from NY to NJ, Penn., Ct., RI, DC, and has shared stages with Company Flow, Cannibal Ox, Cage, El Da Sensei, Immortal Technique, Mr. Lif, C-Rayz Walz, L.I.F.E. Long, LoDeck, Kool Kim (UMC"S), The Presence, Bully Mouth, Diamond (EPMD), Jedi Mind Tricks and many more.

Words used to describe Masai Bey, by critics and supporters alike, range from, "indie-legend, powerhouse, creative" to "original, authoritative, a breath of fresh air!" Masai Bey is no stranger to performing as he has shared stages from Vermont to Washington D.C. with respected artists.

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