Favorite

Busdriver 

Fear of a Black Tangent (Mush)

Busdriver belongs to the rapid-firing, overcaffeinated slam-poet school of MCing. While such diarrheic verbalizing can be numbing, the L.A. artist's verses prove consistently fascinating, mainly because they're witty and well detailed, with a cockeyed surrealism.

Much of Fear of a Black Tangent concerns the ridiculousness of the hip-hop milieu -- not a new topic by any means, but Busdriver separates himself from his peers by carving up all involved, from indie snobs who "dress like Russian spies" to rap stars who die from bungee jumping rather than bullets to the purist MCs who sell out for girls with "good snatch."

All this fancy wordplay would be nothing but grandstanding without the vivid backing tracks. Provided by the likes of Danger Mouse, Daedelus, and Paris Zex, the spastic sound beds reverberate with Latin guitar riffs, wistful jazzy horns, giddy piano loops, and, in the most bizarre moment, a tweaked Joan Baez vocal sample. While Busdriver's cadence may take some getting used to, eventually there's nothing to fear from this black tangent.

More by Dan Strachota

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • John Cleese and the Holy Grail @ Akron Civic Theatre

    • Sat., Dec. 10
  • Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concert @ Severance Hall

    • Sat., Dec. 10
  • John Evans @ Pickwick & Frolic/Hilarities East 4th

    • Sun., Dec. 11

© 2016 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation