June 28, 2010

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This exists to create the starkest contrast between posts since the days when Passion of the Weiss was a website devoted to K-Rino and the soothing sounds of OMC — “How Bizarre” was merely the entry point in a diverse and storied catalogue. Flipping the Roots flipping Monsters of Folk, the second leak from Busdriver’s forthcoming mixtape, Computer Cooties finds the Project Blowed vet joining with this month’s favorite rapper Open Mike Eagle, to question the existence of God. Predictably, their take is more caustic and atheist than the Roots version — probably because Black Thought is a religious man (or was).

As expected from the cover image of Busdriver as a lost character from the Chronicles of Narnia, it is also significantly weirder, with the pair swapping rhymes and off-beat harmonies that will probably alienate everyone but the choir. Rap is no stranger to songs grappling with faith, but resolutions are usually neatly rapped up by the end the track. Consider this the anti-“Jesus Walks,” with no parable or allegory to take away — a bleakness that in hindsight, actually dovetails nicely with Trae’s perpetual brooding. I am currently keeping a vigil for a Screwed Up Click and Blowed collaboration.

Download:
MP3: Busdriver ft. Open Mike Eagle – “Deer God”
MP3: Busdriver – “Man Baby” (prod. by Flying Lotus)