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The Artist name Beck can refer to two artists;

1) Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Beck’s music is known for its pop-junk culture collage of musical styles, ironic lyrics, samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and heady sound effects.

Beck was born in Los Angeles, California, to David Campbell (a musician and son of a Presbyterian minister) and Bibbe Hansen (a former dancer for The Velvet Underground, founding member of the satirical band Black Fag, and visual artist). When his parents separated, Beck stayed with his mother and brother in Los Angeles, where he was influenced by that city’s diverse musical offerings—everything from hip-hop to latin music—and his mother’s art scene – all of which would later reappear in his recorded and published work.

Although Beck’s work defies easy description, his eclecticism and genre experiments have sparked comparisons with Prince, though Beck was undoubtedly a less prolific artist, and drew on an absurdist, free-flowing lyrical style totally original when first exposed to mainstream audiences (indeed, some critics labeled him and his breakthrough single Loser as novelties - see below). Despite this individualism, Beck’s music was very much a product of the 90s and the media age in general, with hip hop, indie/underground rock, electronic music and genre-benders like the Beastie Boys as notable touchstones; in addition, some critics could not resist likening his head-spinning lyrical aesthetic to a post-modern Bob Dylan sensibility.

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  • WickedProphet

    @Evilninja1337 Probably.

    4 hours ago Reply
  • Evilninja1337

    I knew about Beck's contribution to music before the Oscar's, but I'm just starting to listen to him seriously. Does that mean hipsters are going to hate me?

    26 Feb 1:34pm Reply
  • pogoshrooms

    I am one of the people contributing to that astonishing lift in the number of listeners of this wonderful music, and I just gotta say that if it weren't for the Grammys etc, I wouldn't have found this - cheers kanye west, you're a lad.

    24 Feb 10:42pm Reply
  • joshactive

    gosh i'm loving guero

    23 Feb 11:45pm Reply
  • Funky-Shit-

    Sea Change still the best

    23 Feb 2:35pm Reply
  • dreamcoltrane

    I like me some Beck, but who is this Beyonce I keep hearing of?

    23 Feb 1:47am Reply
  • heart_indie

    sunday 1 feb / 8 feb ***25,767k*** listeners ------------ sunday 8 feb / 15 feb ***57,909k*** listeners. so! 32,141k mothefuckers, get out of here! btw, love u Beck. =)

    23 Feb 12:21am Reply
  • alefspfc

    pra meu alívio eu quero um beck

    22 Feb 11:59pm Reply
  • Monzaemonz

    awesome album omg

    21 Feb 11:57am Reply
  • Confessions87

    Yeah, same here. I love when you've had an album sat in your iTunes for like six/seven years that you listened to once and never really got into. Then you go back and check it out and fall completely in love. That's happening to me with Sea Change now. Can't believe I missed it first time around.

    21 Feb 8:01am Reply
  • athena_kay

    kanye west helped me rediscover how awesome Beck is. thanks kanye

    21 Feb 5:01am Reply
  • Glow-

    oops... http://i.imgur.com/WXmluDZ.jpg

    21 Feb 12:07am Reply
  • thrashketchum

    are you geeks still butthurt about kanye west

    20 Feb 7:18pm Reply
  • mahgeneration

    Beck fans are REALLY mad at Kanye and Beyoncé, it's kinda hilarious.

    19 Feb 10:48pm Reply
  • dduxx

    Mestre.

    19 Feb 6:30am Reply
  • tropicalhaze

    Beck doesn't respect artistry. [2]

    18 Feb 12:42pm Reply
  • NOHIDDENPATH

    Congratulations to Beck on winning a Grammy. Well deserved. He really is a lyrical genius. Love his music :))) www.soundcloud.com/dolores-3

    17 Feb 7:19pm Reply
  • Funky-Shit-

    omg the charts!

    17 Feb 2:54am Reply
  • felipetambs

    beck i lov you

    16 Feb 2:33pm Reply
  • AmbientDowntemp

    "Morning Phase" is truly brilliant

    16 Feb 1:53pm Reply
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