Brooklyn born Dominican-American artist, Charles “Mean Joe Scheme” Chaio (CHAI-Oh), is a rapper who in the tradition of many New York City youths, learned to perfect his craft in the local cyphers but also by closely studying the greats of the day. Coming up in rap’s “Jiggy” era, Scheme was influenced by a lot of the greatest’s second albums, usually when your favorites have gotten some money. Think, sharper lyricism but with the clarity of having eaten something after missing breakfast. Mean Joe is inspired by rap that is simple in nature but big on feeling.
Chris "Optiks" Jones is a Brooklyn-based producer and engineer. He has made a name for himself producing for artists such as Blitz the Ambassador, Jon Connor, Talib Kweli, Styles P, Homeboy Sandman, and Aesop Rock, as well as more recent work with BEAMS collaborator Mean Joe Scheme.