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Exclusive: Busdriver and Nocando Form Alt-Rap Superduo, Flash Bang Grenada

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Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Flash Bang Grenada are Busdriver and Nocando, L.A.'s 'last-ditch rap effort'
  • Flash Bang Grenada are Busdriver and Nocando, L.A.'s 'last-ditch rap effort'
You heard it here first. West Coast Sound has obtained a mysterious missive announcing the launch of Flash Bang Grenada, an apparent partnership between veteran alt-rapper Busdriver and resident Low End Theory emcee Nocando.

The text appears to be written by Busdriver, a native Angeleno and Project Blowed affiliate, and hints at an upcoming release, which may be "the city's last-ditch effort to change the course of rap related musics."

As playfully worded and genuinely bizarre as the announcement is (there's a line about "a hulking neon-lined vagina"), it raises a good point -- in sum, that city's hip-hop and electronic production has left rappers in the dust, and that it may very well be time to evolve.

And this only a week and some change after the launch of the band Physical Forms, featuring former members of the Mae Shi and one Regan Farquhar, a.k.a. Busdriver.

As a solo artist, Busdriver records for one of the largest indie labels in the music business -- Silver Lake's own Epitaph Records -- and his last record, Jhelli Beam, featured collaborations with members of Deerhoof and Islands, but ... could he be hedging?

Regardless, Busdriver and Nocando have worked together before, on each other's most recent albums (the latter's, Jimmy the Lock, is out on Alpha Pup), and elsewhere as seen/heard below.

But first, the official party line on Flash Bang Grenada:

"The evening has imploded on itself. And there you are fending against rabid conversationalists and an unmarked decibel that has torn into your very being. Your significant other's sweaty lower back is clinging to the lacquer brassieres of the morally bankrupt. What was your wallet is now a mound of putty with a hot coal burning at its center. How did this happen? Why is the emergency exit a hulking neon-lined vagina daring you to pass through it? And how did the DJ download your most cherished memories onto his Serato set-up, then blend them seamlessly into a Glitch Mob outtake? Flash Bang Grenada is how."

And then:

In 2009, after their collaborations on both of their last respective solo albums [...] were met with both praise and cease and desist orders, they vowed to properly flesh out the potential of their joint efforts by forming FBG. In this context, their propensity for seamlessly weaving fun-filled raps through the fabric of forward-thinking production a la Low End Theory is exploited to the fullest. On top of that, the songwriting has landed somewhere between the convoluted meandering of underground hip-hop's yesteryear and of-the-moment, it-rapper, cross-country-swag pretense ... at least that's what the group thinks. But the point, in part, is to accurately capture the spirit of a scene that has lost its voice.

Figure out what you think from the following pre-FBG songs.

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