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Busdriver

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Possessing a hyper-literate, intellectual style of rapping augmented with dizzying elocution that would tongue-tie even the fiercest auctioneer, Busdriver is eclectic and eccentric enough to cite vocalese jazz singer Jon Hendricks as a primary influence. Born Regan Farquhar, the Los Angeles MC was introduced to hip-hop culture early – his father wrote the screenplay to one of the earliest films focusing on hip-hop, Krush Groove. He began rapping at age nine, releasing his first record at age 13 with his group, 4/29, named after the 1992 L.A. riots. By the mid-’90s, Busdriver was a regular at the Project Blowed open mic, where he would meet future collaborators and underground luminaries like Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, and Freestyle Fellowship. And shortly after, the vinyl did flow.

Busdriver guested on upward of 20 singles, and by 2001 he could no longer be contained by guest spots, releasing his first full-length, Memoirs of the Elephant Man (1999). There were just as many detractors as supporters for his singular style, which was so densely packed it made his chosen name seem a reference for multiple-personality disorder, and the lo-fi production also left more listeners scratching heads than nodding them.

His next album, This Machine Kills Fashion Tips (2002), continued in a similar manner before being trumped by better production and more focused rhymes on Temporary Forever the same year.

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  • CranialEviscera

    Saw him with Doomtree last night. Whoa.

    5 Mar 3:15pm Reply
  • SorenAlexShuya

    Saw him live yesterday, he blew my mind.

    7 Feb 8:49am Reply
  • N2Osystems

    too much for zblock

    18 Jan 6:18am Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Yeah, I though the new Hail Mary Mallon was better but now... I have to say Perfect Hair is this years best.

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • TheBleeder

    Great album, would be in my Top 5 for 2014 but it's not first for me.

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CranialEviscera

    Perfect Hair is AOTY 2014, not much question in that. Nothing left to release to challenge it, and after absorbing everything else, gotta hand it to Driver.

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • KeatonXZX

    My favorite 2014 release

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • xVictimOfADownx

    Loving this new album, in a weird way it reminds me of something similar if Mike Patton chose to make hip-hop :D

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Jurmainson

    But you knew that, c'mon

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • RoverTheOctopus

    Digging this.

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • balewis981

    Loving "Retirement Mode" the hardest. Very surprised it didn't make the cut of the first wave of singles.

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ATLiens1

    New album is a lot better than I was expecting it to be tbh. Check out my review on my sidebar of it! I don't even know what my favorite tracks are yet.

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • CranialEviscera

    Motion Lines is scathing. I think it's my favorite off the album, besides the hidden track with Mike.

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • John__Lemon

    Well the new album is INCREDIBLE!! Favourite so far is Ode to Retirement and Ego Death. Ego Death is insane, Danny Brown murders it. Eat Rich is good too

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Oh, and Open Mike Eagle is amazing on When the Tooth-Lined Horizon Blinks.

    15 Sep 2014 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Ego Death is still my favorite. But, Can’t You tell I’m a Sociopath, Eat Rich and Colonize the Moon are all amazing.

    15 Sep 2014 Reply
  • actsyalawlz

    what's ya'll favorite? mine so far is Upsweep

    14 Sep 2014 Reply
  • CranialEviscera

    i am impressed.

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • glumtjup

    Awesome, awesome. Career best? We'll see, but for the moment it's damn good!

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Trollpacket

    bellissimo album

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
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