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Beans, ‘Thorns’ (Adored and Exploited)

After Antipop Consortium dissolved in 2003 (they recently re-formed), Beans strayed from the group’s techno hip-hop sound to a futuristic B-boy sensibility — a freaked-out homage to ’80s iconoclasts Rammellzee and Schoolly D. Mostly self-produced, with key assists from Holy Fuck and Dabrye (who contributes the percussive boom of “Thundermouth”), his fourth album pushes those musical and lyrical concepts to thrilling extremes. On “Fingers,” he boasts not of his rap-star omnipotence, but of his brash outsider status: “I stand out like a three-piece suit during an orgy.”

Now Hear This:Beans – “Thundermouth” DOWNLOAD MP3