Monday, September 24, 2007


Busdriver, aka Regan J Farquhar, is firmly rooted in the hip-hop family tree. His father, Ralph Farquhar, wrote the screenplay for the 1985 movie Krush Grooveone of the earliest films focusing on the hip-hop culture.

Have you heard of Ghettotech? Me neither. Not until after listening to the hot wired hip-hop programmed into a jam titled Sunshowers (edIT redo)—a reconstruction of an existing recording. Bus Driver has integrated plenty of urban information technology into this track. From the sliced-and-diced vocal chorus salad, to the quirky rap lyrics delivered by a ghetto nerd—your brain will be break dancing in a hip-hop euphoria.

Imaginary Places, on the other hand, is a concoction of classical music and rap staccato that presents evidence of the idiosyncrasies of Bus Driver's personality and zany sense of humor.

Eons ago, some predicted the demise of jazz, just as some today may continue to insist upon a short life expectancy for hip-hop. But Bus Driver seems to prove how hip-hop is a die-hard genre that will echo through alleys for many years to come.

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