Regan “Busdriver” Farquhar embodies everything exhilarating and frustrating about indie-underground hip-hop. He’s got a savagely self-aware wit, a gift for freewheelin’ lyrical flights, producer friends who burrow inside his tracks and draw out their mad moods, and the most minimal capacity for anything resembling an accessible hook. Here, on his fifth album, he’s more overtly musical, with producers Nobody and Boom Bip incorporating rock, folk, and pop elements. But while 2005’s Fear of a Black Tangent was a hilarious, merciless evisceration of rap hypocrisy from the bottom up, he’s now trying to address the wider world. The result: motormouth musings on killing yourself, killing your boss, and “ethereal driftwood.” That’s why they call it underground.
Now Hear This: Busdriver – “Less Yes’s, More No’s” DOWNLOAD MP3