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Tag Archives: Busdriver
While the Plug One 50’s top 20 albums list is designed to be authoritative (or at least highly opinionated), the top 30 tracks list tends to be a mishmash of random favorites. These are a few songs that caught my … Continue reading
This year’s crop of hip hop albums was an improvement over last year. But it didn’t come from the artists expected to dominate. Around this time in 2008, everyone was buzzing about the “new school” of blog-hyped rappers. They injected … Continue reading
Everyone’s favorite speed rapper hangs with the kids. Taken from his recently released Jhelli Beam. Directed by Hiro Murai.
Busdriver is currently on tour promoting his new album, Jhelli Beam. His backup DJ/producer, Antimc and Abstract Rude lend support. Note that the flier dates are slightly incorrect — check the current itinerary below.
Busdriver has finished his fifth solo album, the jiggly-sounding Jhelli Beam. Set for release on June 9 on Anti- Records, it features guest spots from Nick Thorburn of Islands, Mikah 9, Nocando and John Dietrich from Deerhoof. In addition to … Continue reading
As I reported several weeks ago (along with everybody else), today (actually tonight) marks the beginning of the El-P, Dizzee Rascal and Busdriver tour. Dubbed the No Chiefs Allowed tour, the month-long trek co-stars gutter music advocate Aaron LaCrate (Dizzee’s … Continue reading
Last year, with RoadKillOvercoat in tow, Busdriver became the road mate of choice for many an artist. With his trusty DJ, producer/Mush Records publicist Antimc, he pulled off stints with Deerhoof, RJD2, Cocorosie, and Daedelus — a motley crew, no … Continue reading
It didn’t make sense. Why would Busdriver, one of the most acclaimed rappers of recent years, opt to do an indie-rock tour with Deerhoof ? And true, RJD2 set out to make an indie-rock album with the forthcoming The Third Hand. But couldn’t he have put together a bill that would entice his conservative ol’ rap fans to try some of his new material?
Well, fear not. RJD2 and Busdriver are not only joining forces, but venturing out to cities that weren’t initially scheduled. Busdriver will still open on Deerhoof’s Friend Opportunity tour, and then he’ll join RJD2. After a break for SXSW (Busdriver isn’t scheduled to be there, but that may change), the two musicians will soldier on together until April 23.
Busdriver likes to wear a T-shirt that reads, "Sorry, underground hip-hop happened 10 years ago." Personally, I don’t like to take such a hard stance against new jacks and toys. But I will agree that Project Blowed, the weekly freestyle sessions in Leimert Park, represented a zenith in hip-hop expression.
Busdriver carries that spirit with him throughout his projects, whether it’s the Weather with electronic dandy Daedelus and zipper-rapper Radioinactive; or his upcoming Epitaph album RoadKillOvercoat, which is already garnering strong reviews. To promote the latter, he’s taking off for a cross-country jaunt. And just to show how crazy he is, he’s touring as an opening act for Deerhoof, the Bay Area-based experimental rock trio. Hopefully hip-hop heads will embrace the weirdness and give both acts a chance.