Turn Up Faire: Nocando’s Renaissance

The Renaissance Faire is decadent and depraved.
By    April 6, 2015

Paul Thompson ain’t the one that will pay for your fun.

Would Tina Fey have fit in at Project Blowed? The glasses probably would have been an obstacle, you’d have to think. In any event, Nocando’s worlds—off-beat, off-brand humor and scythe-sharp battle rap—converge on “Renaissance Nigga,” the first single from his forthcoming Catch and Kill. Scoop DeVille’s bass rattles enough to make the Airliner’s noise complaint problem all the more troublesome; Nocan’s raps are tailored for French models who have never heard of “The Good Life” (but would probably find Busdriver handsome).

Lamenting that he missed the first season of Fey’s NBC sitcom because his dad “pawned the TV for that 80-rock,” Hellfyre Club’s resident Rivers Cuomo alternately hits licks and steals expensive water from the minibar. And it knocks relentlessly—tagged onto the end is more than three minutes of the instrumental, in case everyone at the block party is getting along too well. Catch and Kill, the successor to last year’s Jimmy the Burnout, is the definitive LP for the Low End Theory monitors drenched in whiskey, vitriol, and, on standouts like “Coyotes,” even Auto-Tune. Nocando is already on.

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