Humble Pi sees alternative rapper and Berklee College of Music dropout, Edan and New York rapper, Homeboy Sandman team up for the first time. The much-anticipated collaboration will please fans of MF Doom, Madvillian, Mike Eagle, Guilty Simpson and Blu & Exile. In short, you know this is going to be good. LP on Stones Throw.
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It is of constant frustration that we don't play more hip-hop in our office....and indeed promote it better on our site. Much of it is a constant reminder to those of us who bemoan a lack of daring and progression in modern music that it does exist. Homeboy Sandman is so prolific that I only catch about one album in three. His Kindness for Weakness album of 2016 is one of my favourites and nicely exemplifies his varied eclectic take on hip-hop...but there have been two further albums since which have so far escaped my ears.
Luckily this collaboration with alternative rapper Eden has been ensnared by my lugs and it's a raucous affair with quite a hard edge at times which sometimes recalls the relentless drone of Doom ('Rock and Roll Indian Dance') with repeato krauty patterns and scattershot delivery. At others ('The Gut') it harks back to the melodicisms of Kindness for Weakness. Whatever the case, the delivery is always interesting (check the tumbling barrage of lyrics on 'Unwavering Mind'). At seven tracks long it's a short album but despite this the duo mine a variety of styles. I'm loving both the loopy 60's samples on 'That Moment When' and surely they'll score a hit with 'Never Use the Internet Again' - a brilliant takedown of wasting time on Facebook etc. If you hear one track off this album make sure it's this.
Fascinating, inventive stuff. Well worth a check out.
10/10 paul Banks Customer review, 6th November 2018
Homeboy Sandman and Edan are perfect match for each other. This album was incredible and fantastic from beginning to end. there's not a song on here that i didn't like at all. i can't wait to see what Homeboy Sandman does next after this because i've been a fan of Homeboy Sandman since i've heard his first EP. i've got nothing else to say but this project is Homeboy Sandman and Edan's best work that i've heard in my entire lifetime. i give props to Stones Throw for always putting out great albums.
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