Thursday, January 20, 2005

Review - Volume One: UnIndian Songs

Artist: Pedestrian

Posted on Thu, Jan 20, 2005 at 4:00 AM

By the time the Paris-style revolution-rap of "Arrest the President" is hitting you upside the head, you're more than halfway into UnIndian Songs, a hip-hop album that turns out to have very little hip-hop on it. There's plenty of rhyming, plenty of poetry and plenty of beats, but the verbal vituperation of "Arrest the President," the roiling, funky thump of "The Toss & Turn" and just a couple others of the 14 tracks come close to resembling what most of us recognize as hip-hop. This shouldn't be surprising, though, as Pedestrian is the nom de guerre of Brandon Best, the co-founder of the Anticon label, a collective that's known for its defiantly anti-corporate/anti-cliché approach to the "genre." His guest spots on various Anticon releases have done much to whet fans' appetites for this debut, and UnIndian does not disappoint: Folksy creakiness, bugged-out weirdness and unreconstituted hardness are all part of the equation.

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