Pop & Hiss

The L.A. Times music blog

« Previous Post | Pop & Hiss Home | Next Post »

Busdriver's new 'No Blacks, No Jews, No Asians' track teases album

October 31, 2011 |  9:21 am

LA rapper, Busdriver

You won't understand Busdriver's new single, "No Blacks, No Jews, No Asians," until you've heard it at least 25 times. Even then, a lot of it will fly over your head. 

You don't even need to hear the song to guess what it's about. Racial discrimination and economic dystopia are the loose themes. This will not soundtrack pharmaceutical commercials; rather, it's made to combat them.  With obtuse charm, the rapper born Regan Farquhar ticks off a tangle of bizarre juxtapositions that hint at what would happen if he ever took over CNBC.

There is discussion of Soviet Union 8 X 10s, Winston Churchill figurines, sex offender Google Map coordinates, Applebee's coupon hole punchers, marginalized-person cup holders, and imagery that suggests Mike Judge meeting George Orwell. Handling the beat is Loden, whose warehouse drums and epileptic synths make him easily the best Belgian hip-hop producer extant;

The track is the lead single from Busdriver's seventh solo album, released on indie rap locus Fake Four. Titled "Beaus$Eros," the record's press kit claims that "Busdriver has made his most personal and avant-garde work yet, focusing on a devastating breakup and personal failure, the album is buttered in stirring melodies and complex vocals." It also refences Bjork's "Post" and Outkast's "The Love's Below" as aesthetic sign posts.

Download: Busdriver - "No Blacks, No Jews, No Asians" [MP3]

Needless to say, this will probably not make the Project Blowed alumnus any more inroads among casual fans. But if you like your hip-hop weird, jagged and rapped like a wolverine, this will probably make you want to occupy something. Someone should probably play on the City Hall lawn, on rewind.


Busdriver releases 'Computer Cooties' mixtape

In Rotation: Flash Bang Grenada's '10 Haters'

Download: Open Mike Eagle's "Art Rap After Party EP"

-- Jeff Weiss

Photo: Busdriver. Credit: Busdriver