As rap eccentrics from Odd Future to Nicki Minaj have bubbled up to the mainstream (and beyond), it has gotten considerably harder to seem like a true weirdo in hip-hop. Busdriver pulls it off: On this year’s Beaus$Eros—say it aloud—the Los Angeles–based MC layers his insanely wordy flow over busy digital beats that throb and shimmer; though he talks about “vaporiz[ing] weed with a Jacuzzi jet” in “Here’s to Us,” dude sounds like he has never relaxed a day in his life. Busdriver has collaborated with loads of fellow oddballs—including Flying Lotus, Islands, and Deerhoof—so there’s no telling who might join him tonight.

Wed., May 30, 7 p.m., 2012

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 23, 2012

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