|MH-235 Busdriver - Fear Of A Black Tangent
With the most cohesive work of his career, Busdriver turns his razor sharp wit on his place in the music industry with his new full-length release, Fear Of A Black Tangent. It is the follow-up to his career establishing release, Temporary Forever. Songs covering small club touring, independent music promotion, and the barrage of uninspired hip-hop releases on the market all contribute to the album's theme of trying to break as a emerging artist. Busdriver has taken a year's worth of material and trimmed it down to thirteen impressive tracks that range from lightning fast Project Blowed style raps to sing-song pop. The album features production by Daedelus, Danger Mouse, Thavius Beck, Omid, and Paris Zax and has guest appearances by fellow Project Blowed MCs Abstract Rude, Ellay Khule, Mikah-9, and 2Mex.
|Outstanding - Urb / Genius - BBC / Experimental and fresh - Hip-Hop Connection / Intoxicating - Straight No Chaser / Decidedly cool and deadly - XLR8R / Treads where most wouldn't dare - DJ / Busdriver straight kills it - Hour / Certainly the best I've heard in a long time - Indigo Flow
|With an ironic nod toward Public Enemy's finest hour, the City of Angel's Busdriver Steers us through his second full-length release. Much like his hometown metropolis, it's a sprawling, convoluted affair, built upon many different layers, musically and lyrically. A member of the diverse Project Blowed outfit, Busdriver is an amazing emcee, without a doubt. He can hold his own when it comes to freestyles, can deliver sing-song style rhymes in between jazz styled scats, and mess with your head in a welter of helter-skelter verbiage, switching between styles as freely as some change records, dissecting the ups and downs of touring, fans, commercial success, and hip-hop culture. It comes together like a weird map that's been torn apart and then put back together again in a different order, soundtracked by off-kilter beats and TV shows from other worlds. Hummorous, not a little strange, and utterly enthralling - it's little wonder the West Coast is hotly tipped with this kind of material being released. - DMC Update