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While rap music's detractors grumble about the genre's tendency to glorify violence, loose morals, and rampant consumerism, they tend to overlook artists like Pigeon John, a Los Angeles rhyme veteran who has been releasing decidedly non-threatening, lighthearted jams for the better part of two decades. After honing his skills at the storied Good Life Cafe (alongside acts like Jurassic 5, Pharcyde, and Freestyle Fellowship), he released half a dozen solo albums and has countless indie-rap features to his credit. Dragon Slayer is his most blatant pop material to date, full of relentlessly catchy hooks, lots of singing, and the usual overtly zany wordplay mixed with an ample amount of self-deprecating humor. “The Bomb" is slightly reminiscent of OutKast's crossover anthem "Hey Ya!," while several tracks, especially "Rock Bottom Again" and "Davey Rockit" aren't even really hip-hop at all. At its best, his blend of styles and instrumentation is original, funny, and thoroughly entertaining.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While rap music's detractors grumble about the genre's tendency to glorify violence, loose morals, and rampant consumerism, they tend to overlook artists like Pigeon John, a Los Angeles rhyme veteran who has been releasing decidedly non-threatening, lighthearted jams for the better part of two decades. After honing his skills at the storied Good Life Cafe (alongside acts like Jurassic 5, Pharcyde, and Freestyle Fellowship), he released half a dozen solo albums and has countless indie-rap features to his credit. Dragon Slayer is his most blatant pop material to date, full of relentlessly catchy hooks, lots of singing, and the usual overtly zany wordplay mixed with an ample amount of self-deprecating humor. “The Bomb" is slightly reminiscent of OutKast's crossover anthem "Hey Ya!," while several tracks, especially "Rock Bottom Again" and "Davey Rockit" aren't even really hip-hop at all. At its best, his blend of styles and instrumentation is original, funny, and thoroughly entertaining.

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About Pigeon John

Pigeon John is an underground MC with a genre-fusing style and positive lyrics. He is sometimes labeled a Christian rapper because of his positive messages and references to God, but with easily relatable subject matter and musical influences drawing from across the spectrum of rock and pop music, he aims to reach as wide an audience as possible. Born to mixed-race parents in Omaha, Nebraska, John Dust felt out of place due to the color of his skin, a feeling that also continued after he moved to Inglewood, California. He found solace and friendship, however, in rapping, and by the early '90s was performing at open mikes at Good Life Café, where other seminal acts like the Pharcyde and Freestyle Fellowship got their start. Dust soon joined hip-hop collectives L.A. Symphony and Brainwash Projects, and after releasing albums with them decided to strike off on his own.

In 2001 he self-released his solo debut, Pigeon John...Is Clueless, which brought him enough success (albeit small) to get him signed to Basement Records, the label that released 2003's Pigeon John Is Dating Your Sister and 2005's Pigeon John Sings the Blues! The next step for the rapper was signing to underground hip-hop mainstay Quannum, which issued Pigeon John and the Summertime Pool Party in September of 2006. After releasing an EP with Flynn Adam Atkins under the name Rootbeer, Pigeon John returned to Quannum in 2010 with his fifth album, Dragon Slayer. Produced with Quannum artist General Elektriks, the album focused on live instrumentation rather than samples. General Elektriks also helped produce Pigeon John's next album, Encino Man, which arrived in 2014. After signing with Dine Alone Records, the MC released his seventh album, Good Sinner, in 2016. ~ Marisa Brown

  • ORIGIN
    Omaha, NE
  • BORN
    Nov 30, 1972

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