Divine Styler

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Divine Styler
Birth name Marc Richardson
Born 1968
Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Alternative hip hop
Years active 1990–present
Labels Rhyme $yndicate/Epic/SME Records
Giant/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
DTX Recordings

Mikal Safiyullah (born Marc Richardson, 1968), better known by his stage name Divine Styler, is an alternative hip hop artist from Brooklyn, New York.

History[edit]

He first emerged as part of Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate.[1] His first LP, Word Power, was hailed by critics and fans, but was not a commercial success. His second album, the wildly experimental Spiral Walls Containing Autumns of Light, also failed to sell well. In 1998, Divine Styler hooked up with the Quannum Records crew, teaming up with his dear friend and fellow Rhyme Syndicate alumni Everlast, Styles of Beyond, and the Beat Junkies. The latter also appeared on his third LP, Wordpower, Vol. 2: Directrix (Featuring Exceed), which trafficked in information-age paranoia.

Divine Styler is a convert to Islam; he influenced the decision of Everlast to become a Muslim. Many of the songs on Spiral Walls Containing Autums of Light are songs of praise to Allah, and the 1999 song "Make it Plain" (recorded for the Funky Precedent compilation) details the joy he feels at having finally found a way of life he loves after decades of uncertainty and woes.

Aside from those major albums his tracks are scattered among other artists' albums and projects. He has done several tracks with John Tejada but they're scattered on several compilations and albums by Tejada. He appeared (along with Sadat X and Cockni O'Dire) on several tracks on the final House of Pain album Truth Crushed to Earth Shall Rise Again. His most recent work has been with Len, Swollen Members, and DJ Shadow, as well as with guitarist, bassist, and emcee Gabe Rosales.

Discography[edit]

Albums
EPs
  • Ain't Saying Nothing (1988)
Singles
  • "Architectonic" (2014 Gamma Proforma)
Appears on

Miscellenea[edit]

  • Sometimes credited as Islamic convert name, Mikal Safiyullah.
  • His first few verses from "Whats That Smell" on House of Pain's Truth Crushed To Earth Shall Rise Again is from his first single, "Ain't Sayin' Nothin'", additionally, House of Pain used the same horn squeal from "Ain't Sayin' Nothin'" on their song "Jump Around".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Divine Styler". AMG. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Safiyullah, Mikal (2013-09-25). "Gamma Proforma:2014 Divine Styler///Defmask". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 

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