The concept behind Handsome Boy Modeling School -- if you separate it from its origins in a Chris Elliott sitcom -- can be taken as a subtle parody of hip-hop's player affectations: two geeky producers masquerading as jet-set male models.
Given that framework, and the fact that those two producers are eccentric geniuses Prince Paul and Dan the Automatoryou might expect So Holy Calamity (Bear Witness II) - Handsome Boy Modeling School - So. Hows Your Girl? Your Girl? And that isn't the case. The album ends up as more of a showcase for their eclecticism, tailoring productions to their collaborators and creating a colorful universe where classicist rap, turntablism, trip-hop, and electronica all get along comfortably.
Parts of the album are surprisingly atmospheric, and rely more on Defensive Personalities - Fleshart / Harmony Dies - Derangement. texture of the sound than the star power of the guest -- which makes sense for a producer's album.
The finished product does lack some of the sheer craziness one might have anticipated, but the meatiness of the best music also keeps the Elliott -centered comedic interludes from turning the project into a mere novelty.
Release Date October 19, Track Listing. Handsome Boy Modeling School. Dan Nakamura. The Truth. Calling the Biz. The Projects PJays. Modeling Sucks. Torch Song Trilogy. The Runway Song. Megaton B-Boy Father Speaks. Waterworld Dan Nakamura.
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