For the most part, fast-rapping (for lack of a better term) has been nothing short of a gimmick. Twista and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony come to mind. The ploy might have even worn thin with the great Das EFX, who made “iggity” a standing suffix to just about any word to create, well, made-up words.
Enter Busdriver, the Los Angeles-based emcee who raps at warp speed but manages to remain literate while doing it. If you’re not used to his style – intellectual and ambitious, to say the least – it might come off as dense. His lyrical pace can be maddening and amazing all at once.
For his new record, RoadKillOvercoat (due for release early next year), Busdriver has signed on with Epitaph/Anti-, which is turning leftist, avant-garde hip-hop into its own little cottage industry (Sage Francis, Blackalicious, the Coup, etc.).
The first single, Kill Your Employer (Recreational Paranoia is the Sport of Now), features production from LA’s Boom Bip that borrows elements of drum and bass, electronica and hip-hop and a chorus that’s sneaky in its catchiness.
Anyone up to the task of actually transcribing the lyrics?