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Busdriver

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 mike, 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. 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. Joined by another West Coast avant-garde MC, Radioinactive, and the breezy, fractured pop of electronic producer Daedelus, Busdriver released yet another odd puzzle piece in 2003, Weather. Fear of a Black Tangent followed on Mush in 2005. After moving to Anti/Epitaph, the rapper issued RoadKillOvercoat, which featured production from Nobody and Boom Bip. His second Anti release, Jhelli Beam, appeared in 2009 and he took a three year break before returning on Fake Four with Beaus$Eros, a strange departure into electro pop that featured production by Loden. The Perfect Hair album from 2014 was a return to form but on a new label for the artist, Big Dada. ~ Wade Kergan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Jhelli Beam

1. Split Seconds (Between Nannies And Swamis)

2. Me-Time (With The Pulmonary Palimpsest)

3. Handfuls Of Sky

4. Scoliosis Jones

6. Quebec And Back

7. Do The Wop

8. World Agape

10. Unsafe Sextet / Gilded Hearts Of Booklovers

12. I've Always Known

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Track List: Roadkill Overcoat

2. Less Yes's. More No's

3. Kill Your Employer (Recreational Paranoia Is The Sport Of Now)

4. Ethereal Driftwood

8. The Troglodyte Wins

9. Pompous Posies! Your Party's No Fun

10. (Bloody Paw On The) Kill Floor

12. Dream Catcher's Mitt

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Track List: Fear Of A Black Tangent

1. Yawning Zeitgeist Intro (Freestyle)

2. Reheated Pop!

3. Unemployed Black Astronaut

4. Happiness ('S Unit Of Measurement)

5. Avantcore

6. Wormholes

8. Cool Band Buzz

9. Note Boom

10. Low Flying Winged Books

11. Befriend The Friendless Friendster

13. Lefty's Lament

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Track List: Beaus $ Eros

1. Utilitarian Uses Of Love

2. Bon Bon Fire

3. Kiss Me Back To Life

4. You Ain't OG

6. Picking Band Names

8. Feelings

9. A** To Mouth

11. Here's To Us

12. Colour Wheel

13. Swandive Into A Drinking Glass

14. Scattered Ashes

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Track List: Colonize The Moon (Single)

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Track List: Cosmic Cleavage

1. Pool Drowning

2. Nagging Nimbus

3. Cosmic Cleavage

4. Stingey Lover

5. Kev's Blistering Computer Tan

6. Unnecessary Thinking

7. Beauty Supply And Demand

8. She-Hulk Dehorning The Illusionist

9. Stride Pianist Penis Envy

10. Purple Schards

11. Rap Sucks

12. Staring At The Sun

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Track List: Perfect Hair (Single)

3. Ego Death (Prod. By Jeremiah Jae Feat. Aesop Rock & Danny Brown)

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Track List: Thumbs

1. Absolutions In The Hottentot Supercluster (Feat. Zeroh)

2. Black Labor (As Understood By Equiano)

3. Hyperbolic 2

4. Much

5. Ministry Of The Torture Couch (Feat. Hemlock Ernst)

6. Worlds To Run (Feat. Milo And Anderson .Paak)

7. Skit

8. Surrounded By Millionaires (Feat. Daveed Diggs)

9. Great Spooks Of Enormous Strength

10. Del's Couch (Feat. Del The Funky Homosapien)

11. Shadows And Victories (Feat. Jeremiah Jae)

12. NY 03 LIVE (With Caural)

13. Species Of Property

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I remember turning on my PS2 just to hear 'Imaginary Places' because it was the best song in the 'Tony Hawk's Underground' soundtrack!
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So why is it called bus driver? It does fit him in a way though
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Really wish they had Temporary Forever on here.
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rustyoyate
Don't say my name!... I don't want people to know I'm on this track..
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I love this dude
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I see why he is called Busdriver
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guhcis
very cool
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He goes HAM
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Fresh flows.. had to be from LA.. of course..
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durabi17
This guy is awesome
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Me on the whole song: wat
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Just a dream
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Damn he can rap fast
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this guy is awesome. No one like him
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Beaus $ Eros out now!
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I'm with Mike.
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all fans of busdriver should just stop giving a s**t about the state of hip-hop because there will always be those who ruin it and yet those who come in and make it amazing such as busdriver!
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some of the sickest, tongue flickery! Dope!
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Im getting Mr. Tounge Twista flashbacks!! ! ! For real do, B-Driver's sick wid it!
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dallas.kalls e n
They left out Heavy Items such as books, record albums, tools- Live: Airplane food- and Cosmic Cleavage.
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dallas.kalls e n
I have them all and they are all equally amazing if you can hear and understand the lyrics.
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I can't believe someone with this kind of lyrical ability exists, and yet the most popular rap on the radio are made up of, at most, fifty or so words (looking at you, Soulja). Can we get some talent back into hip hop, or is that too much to ask for?
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lyric structure-wi s e . BD is right up there with Tech n9ne
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Me time always puts a smile on my face.
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drew749
one of the best.
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Nah Busdriver at his best is "The Weather"

after that its probably "Jhelli Beam", then "Fear of a black tangent",


Then "Temporary Forever"
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I think Twista holds the world record for fastest rapper. Busdriver could easily destroy him (listen to Imaginary Places)
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whichbe
my fave artist evAr
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long_haired_ f r e a k 3 3 3
his beats are awesome...an d the way he flows with them are amazing.
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I hear a lot of Aesop Rock in this guys delivery! I like that!
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lol
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marley.sophi a
YEAH!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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He is so avantcore
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You gotta get Temporary Forever, that album is Busdriver's high water mark.

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