It all started back in 1994, when Beyond Belief first got his hands on Biggie’s debut album Ready to Die. After hearing the record, he was immediately hooked, and began writing rhymes in the basement of his parents’ Rockaway Park home.
Later influenced by artists such as Kool G Rap, Big Pun, Nas and Run DMC, it was through a high school classmate that the Rockaway emcee met rapper-turned-producer Kwame, who he credits for teaching him the art of songwriting.
Kwame, who is most notably known for starting the polka-dot trend in hip hop in the late 80s, as well as his production on the number one records “Switch” (Will Smith) and “On Fire” (Lloyd Banks), saw Beyond Belief‘s potential, and quickly signed him to his boutique production company, Make Noise.
While completing a full-time bachelor’s degree program at the University of Miami, Beyond Belief still managed to release two mixtapes (Bobby J From Rockaway and Beyond Your Reach), as well as a full-length album (What About BOB?) under the Make Noise imprint, and is currently working on his second full-length project, the bulk of which will be produced by Kwame.
With this next offering, as with his previous projects, Beyond Belief strives to bridge the gap between the conflicting worlds of commercial music and underground hip hop, proving that it’s possible to make commercially accepted tracks, while still maintaining artistic integrity, and upholding the roots of hip hop: true lyricism and self expression.
Having completed a certificate program at the New York Film Academy, Beyond Belief not only writes and records his own music, but also shoots, directs, and edits all of his own videos.
Beyond Belief has performed at various colleges and venues up and down the East and West Coasts. Some of these venues include:
Howard University Homecoming (DC)
University of Miami – WMC (FL)
Penn State (PA)
Brandeis University (MA)
Santo’s Party House (NYC)
Crash Mansion (NYC)
The Gramercy Theatre (NYC)
Times Square Arts Center (NYC)
Bowery Poetry Club (NYC)
The Delancey (NYC)
Cake Shop (NYC)
The Pyramid Club (NYC)
M1-5 Lounge (NYC)
Hangar 84 (NJ)
Bar West (CA)
Beyond Belief has been invited to be a guest on numerous internet and terrestrial radio shows, and has been interviewed by some of the top music websites, including:
Philly’s Power 99 The Come Up Show with Cosmic Kev
Shade 45’s The Morning After Show with Angela Yee (he was a guest w/Snoop Dogg)
Hip Hop Nation’s The Wonder Years with DJ Wonder
WSIA’s The Emilio Sparks Experience with Emilio Sparks
Dr Jays.com with Boss Lady
Multiple shows on PNC Radio with A King, Indy, and the Brazen Boys
Good*Fellas Radio with AR
DJ Booth.net with DJ Z, Dave, and Nathan
The Smoking Section with John Gotty
Rock Me TV with Phil
Yo! Raps Magazine
His national exposure also includes appearances and music video placements on BET, HBO, and Music Choice, as well as features in Hip Hop Weekly and Rap Fanatics Magazine.
In addition to his television appearances, 2 of Beyond Belief’s singles, Don’t Touch and Bigger Checks (ft. Red Café), have received spins on the following stations:
KISS 100 (UK)
Hip Hop Nation
His songs have also been featured on numerous blogs and websites, including, but not limited to:
World Star Hip Hop
2 Dope Boyz
Da Jaz 1
The Smoking Section
This is 50
The Hip Hop Chronicle
57th Ave (Noreaga’s site)
D Dot Omen
Bigger Checks ft. Red Café (Promo single)
What About BOB? (Full-length album)
Beyond Your Reach (Mixtape)
Bobby J From Rockaway (Mixtape)