I know what your thinking: "what the eff is Handsome Boy Modeling School?" Let me introduce to you Nathaniel Merriweather (Dan The Automator) and Chest Rockwell (Prince Paul): hence, Handsome Boy Modeling School. And let me tell you, this LP which holds 16 joints of spoken word, DJing, MCing, and some tight ladies and guys on the R&B tip, is the most diverse and experimental disc possibly in the country.
It's one jawn I'm digging is called "The Truth", which features Roisin of Moloko (and let me tell you, she's got a very nice voice), and my man jiggy J-Live. This joint opens up with these feather-soft piano tones, violin harmonies, and a horn here and there that just interlace perfectly with a thumping bass line. Roisin Murphy lays down some tight vocals for two verses, and then J-Live performs a vivid, memorable verse that just makes the entire album shine. I'muh put it to you like this, "The Truth" alone makes this great purchase, strait up. Other honorable mentions include "Waterworld", "Once Again (Here to Kick One For You)", "Holy Calamity (Bear Witness 2)", "The Projects (P Jays) and "The Runway Song".
Aiyyo, I was explaining earlier how this was an experimental album, well, it's a bit too experimental with joints like "Torch Song Trilogy" and especially "Megaton B-Boy 2000". Now this is also produced by the HBMS and the only question I could come up with was: "What were they thinking! " To each it's own,but I'm just not feeling this joint. It's nothing but a bunch of distortion and noise and you can hardly hear what El-P has to say. They did some science with this one and it just didn't get through to me, na'mean? But other than that, Handsome Boy Modeling School did thier thing.
The team of Prince Paul and Dan The Automator have definately paved a new road for hip-hop to travel on with this release, and we can expect them to break new ground for years to come.