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Pigeon John, ‘Pigeon John…And the Summertime Pool Party’ (Quannum)

Backpack rap gets caricatured as hip-hop for alt-rock fans, but this affable Los Angeles MC literalizes the connection, biting left-field grooves from R.E.M. and Pixies. Pigeon John specializes in the same laidback slice-of-life observations as his Cali counterparts Blackalicious and Lyrics Born, but he’s funnier and more self-effacing. His best nice-guy pickup line, as revealed in “Money Back Guarantee”: “You look kind of sad, can I offer a tissue?”

Now Hear This:Pigeon John – “Money Back Guarantee” DOWNLOAD MP3