Busdriver Jhelli Beam

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Though he may be a rapper, most hip-hop fans probably hate Busdriver. Whenever the quirky, loquacious Los Angeleno hits the studio, he returns with a body of work that is anything but standard rap fare (a topic he addresses on “Least Favorite Rapper”). His latest, Jhelli Beam, picks up where 2007’s Roadkill Overcoat left off, but with a heavier electronic sound. It’s what you’d expect from an album that features battle rapper Nocando, Islands’ Nick Thornburn, Deerhoof’s John Dietrich, and beatwork from Daedelus, Nosaj Thing, and Free the Robots—a sonic soup that mixes everything from classical, jazz, and indie rock atop searing electronic beats. But, as usual, dissecting Busdriver’s rapid-fire lyrical absurdities can be a trying task.