Dumb It Down

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"Dumb It Down"
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Song by Styles Of Beyond from the album Reseda Beach
Working title Get Stupid'r
Recorded 2006-2007
Released October 23, 2012
Format Digital, CD
Samples The Trashmen - Surfin' Bird
The Meters - Handclapping Song
Writer Takbir Bashir, Chad Aaron Bromley, Ryan Matthew Maginn, Mike Shinoda
Producer Chad Bromley, Mike Shinoda
Label Dirty Version Records, Tokyo Sex Whale Records

Reseda Beach track listing
  1. Here We Go
  2. Hard
  3. Sugar Honey Iced Tea
  4. Take That (feat. Celph Titled)
  5. Call My Name
  6. Bumble Bee (Interlude)
  7. The Pirate Song (feat. Apathy)
  8. Damn
  9. Dumb It Down (feat. Apathy)
  10. Howdy Doody
  11. Live From Ibiza (Interlude)
  12. You Love Us (feat. Somaya Reece)
  13. Shut Everything Down (featuring Celph Titled)
  14. Dunky Fividends (feat. Apathy)
  15. Second To None (feat. Mike Shinoda)
  16. The Valley (Outro)

Disc 2:

  1. Gats N Party Hats
  2. Hard (Remix)
  3. It's Us
  4. Hey You (feat. Mike Shinoda)
  5. You Cannot Fuck With This (feat. Celph Titled)
  6. Here We Come
  7. World Famous
  8. Bring It Back (feat. Apathy, Celph Titled & Motive)
  9. Murderer (feat. Celph Titled)
  10. Live At The BBQ (feat. Apathy, Motive & Celph Titled)
  11. The Story Begins
  12. Bangin' S.O.B.
  13. Kill 'Em In The Face (feat. Scoop DeVille)
  14. Get Involved
  15. They Don't Know
  16. Journey
  17. Savin' L.A. (feat. Bishop Lamont)
  18. Radio Clash
  19. Kick Me Out
  20. Chill Pill (feat. Apathy)

"Dumb It Down" is the ninth song on Reseda Beach, the third studio album by Styles Of Beyond.


"Dumb It Down", originally "Get Stupid'r", was co-produced by Apathy and Mike Shinoda in 2007 for Styles Of Beyond's third studio album, Reseda Beach. Besides the name change, the song had to be completely redone due to samples.[1] The final version samples "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen and "Handclapping Song" by The Meters. The lyrical content of the song is about how the group needed to adapt their creative process to reach a mainstream audience due to being signed to a major label at the time. Ryu explained Mike's role in this, "He polished this record for us because we were on a major label when we did this, we couldn’t just necessarily go in there and do 68-bar verses on every song and no hooks and stuff like that so it had to be somewhat acceptable for the label so he helped polish our sound a little bit."[2]

Styles Of Beyond were signed to Linkin Park's label Machine Shop Recordings after the Fort Minor tour wrapped up in Japan. Shortly after, the started putting the finishing touches on their third studio album, Reseda Beach, but due to disagreements between Linkin Park and Warner Bros. Records, the album wouldn't come out until 2012.[3]

Linkin Park got involved in a dispute with their label, Warner Bros Records in April 2005. Representativess of Linkin Park inquired about the band receiving a cut of the label's upcoming stock sale. The label refused, stating that none of the artists signed would be getting paid. The band, then, felt the label would not be able to financially market and promote their future endeavors.[4] Linkin Park's issues with the label were resolved in December of 2005, and the band started work on their third studio album,[5] but the ongoing differences between Warner Bros. and Machine Shop's views on the creative and non-creative aspects of their albums led Machine Shop Records to be put on indefinite hiatus.

Regarding Styles Of Beyond, Warner Bros. wasn't as thrilled about the record as the band were and weren't committed to spending a healthy budget on it either. The label intended to limit the hours and funds spent on the release and the band felt that by limiting the attention put on the record, the record would never get a chance. After a lot of disagreements, the label agreed to let the band explore other options, like releasing the album independently.[6]

After they got out of the record deal, Styles Of Beyond were tired of the whole situation. They didn't have the energy to put the album out and just didn't care about it anymore. The group was put on hiatus and their members started pursuing other projects. It was only after years of being asked by fans about the album that Celph Titled convinced the group to finally release it.[2]


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Dumb It Down Reseda Beach 3:34 2006-2007 October 23, 2012
  • Samples The Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird" and The Meters' "Handclapping Song".


  • Ryu - Rap
  • Tak - Rap
  • Mike Shinoda - Producer
  • Apathy - Producer

Production (Album)

  • Brian Gardner - Mastering
  • Mike Shinoda - Executive-Producer
  • Vin Skully - Recording



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