Sykodelik (Noel Z. Castillo) is an up and coming Hip Hop lyricist and keyboardist who is quickly making a powerful name for himself as one of the most lyrical emcees in the underground Hip Hop scene. He was born in Los Angeles, CA on January 2, 1987 and mostly raised in Barstow, CA. His infatuation for music derives from his surroundings and experiences, classical piano, beat production, and his deep appreciation for lyricism.
Over the years, Sykodelik vigorously gained strong credibility as a street battle emcee since 2001 by consistently calling out random people at his shows and on the streets while participating in rap battle competitions from all over southern California (2007 Rock The Bells 2nd Stage Rap Battle, 2007 LA 33third Battle, 2007 Tag Records Rap Battle, 2008 High Desert Rap Battle Championship, 2009 Crates & Mics 2 Emcee Battle, 2010 BCS The Basement Rap Battles, 2010 Project Blowed Emcee Battles, 2011 UU Feb Freestyle Tournament, 2011 A&B/Rehab Freestyle Tournament, 2011 Soulstyce Fest, 2012 KL From Dust To Don, 2012 UU Flow & Tell 16-Bar Competition, 2013 Night Terrorz Battle). Aside from freestyle tournaments, he has competed in battle rap leagues such as Grind Time Now, King of the Dot, Assault and Battling/Grind Time West, and Elevated Elements.
Sykodelik also competed in well over 10 beat battles (2009 Wheel It Up Series, 2009-2010 Crates & Mics Series, 2010 The Beat Down, 2010 Urban Underground Beat Clash, 2010 BCS/VH1 Soulstyce Festival Beat Battle).
In 2009, Sykodelik independently released and distributed his debut album "The Second Noel" under Killaz Loopin' Inc. This compilation of thought reflects on anger, sadness, and love while staying committed to the art of lyrical war. With catchy keyboard riffs over raw MPC drum samples and symmetrical rhymes to lead the way, this album truly captivates the listener with memorable and eccentric concepts of verbal mathematics.
Sykodelik has opened up for acts such as Canibus, Killah Priest (Wu-Tang Clan), Freestyle Fellowship (Project Blowed), Dead Prez, Visionaries, Planet Asia, Lazie Bone (Bone Thugz-N-Harmony), and Joell Ortiz (Shady/Aftermath, Slaughterhouse) just to name a few.