23 Songs, 1 Hour 22 Minutes


*WEA.MusicPages.Riaa.Explicit* Mastered for iTunes


*WEA.MusicPages.Riaa.Explicit* Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5 Ratings
5 Ratings

This is obviously not for everyone!

R Smithington Esq

I am biased, as I have followed Driver since Temporary Forever. I feel like every album he has released has shown immense growth as an artist. This dude has his own lane and he is going 100MPH in it the entire time. I say that this isn't for everyone because, this isn't even in the same genre as what is being released in hiphop these days. None of his albums can be considered to be in that genre really. Busdriver is hiphop to the core, but sonically, he is alternative hiphop. No knock to him, but he is the anti-rap artist. This is music for hiphop fans who read books, create some form of art, and listen to more than just rappers or R&B. Keep doing your thing Bus. So you get an idea of my favorite MC's for comparison and contrast:
Aesop Rock, Busdriver, Ab-Soul, Denmark Vessey, Quelle Chris, Oddisee, Tyler the Creator, The Grouch, Eligh, Del and Heiroglyphics.

PS: It bothers me when people rate an album off of the iTunes snippets. It isn't an honest representation of the entire product. I am the proud owner of Electricity Is On Our Side.

Gotta say


Another homerun from Busdriver!

Bus drive


The only thing wrong with this release is the fact that Sore Spot isn't 7 to 10 minutes long. That's the only thing.

About Busdriver

Possessing a hyper-literate, intellectual style of rapping augmented with dizzying elocution that would tongue-tie even the fiercest auctioneer, Busdriver is eclectic and eccentric enough to cite vocalese jazz singer Jon Hendricks as a primary influence. Born Regan Farquhar, the Los Angeles MC was introduced to hip-hop culture early -- his father wrote the screenplay to one of the earliest films focusing on hip-hop, Krush Groove. He began rapping at age nine, releasing his first record at age 13 with his group, 4/29, named after the 1992 L.A. riots. By the mid-'90s, Busdriver was a regular at the Project Blowed open mike, where he would meet future collaborators and underground luminaries like Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, and Freestyle Fellowship. And shortly after, the vinyl did flow. Busdriver guested on upward of 20 singles, and by 2001 he could no longer be contained by guest spots, releasing his first full-length, Memoirs of the Elephant Man. There were just as many detractors as supporters for his singular style, which was so densely packed it made his chosen name seem a reference for multiple-personality disorder, and the lo-fi production also left more listeners scratching heads than nodding them. His next album, This Machine Kills Fashion Tips (2002), continued in a similar manner before being trumped by better production and more focused rhymes on Temporary Forever the same year. Joined by another West Coast avant-garde MC, Radioinactive, and the breezy, fractured pop of electronic producer Daedelus, Busdriver released yet another odd puzzle piece in 2003, Weather. Fear of a Black Tangent followed on Mush in 2005. After moving to Anti/Epitaph, the rapper issued RoadKillOvercoat, which featured production from Nobody and Boom Bip. His second Anti release, Jhelli Beam, appeared in 2009 and he took a three year break before returning on Fake Four with Beaus$Eros, a strange departure into electro pop that featured production by Loden. The Perfect Hair album from 2014 was a return to form but on a new label for the artist, Big Dada. ~ Wade Kergan

Los Angeles, CA
February 12, 1978