I once got in all kinds of shit for giving a Busdriver album a perfect score (it was Jhelli Beam, I still stand by that score, editors be damned). I’ve been a sucker for Busdriver’s manic flow and convoluted wordplay for ages, and I get that he’s not an emcee for everyone, but if he’s not an emcee for you, maybe we shouldn’t be friends. Still, the glimpses Busdriver has given from his upcoming album Perfect Hair show that he’s newly revitalized by the emergence of likeminded emcees such as Danny Brown, who pops up alongside fellow nasal OG Aesop Rock to back Busdriver up on “Ego Death.” Jeremiah Jae’s beat leans a little more straightforwardly hip-hop than Busdriver’s recent electronic excursions, but the clear message here with the presence of Danny Brown is that there’s been a market for this style all along, it just took people a bit to catch up.
Nick Hanover got his degree from Disneyland, but he’s the last of the secret agents and he’s your man. Which is to say you can find his particular style of espionage here at Loser City as well as Ovrld, where he contributes music reviews and writes a column on undiscovered Austin bands. You can also flip through his archives at Comics Bulletin, which he is formerly the Co-Managing Editor of, and Spectrum Culture, where he contributed literally hundreds of pieces for a few years. Or if you feel particularly adventurous, you can always witness his odd .gif battles with friends on twitter: @Nick_Hanover