RAPPER BUSDRIVER is used to having a lot of adjectives thrown at him, especially “avant rap.” But “manufacturing buzz terms and nonexistent sub-genres” are just a “cheap ploy.” He’d prefer to be talked about on his own terms. And what are those, exactly?
“Sweaty, rapping whirling dervish with entitlement issues,” he said.
Thankfully for the musician (birth name: Regan John Farquhar), that mishmash of words fits. He’s an intense, dynamic performer who commands the stage while weaving rhymes about random stuff, from killing your boss to doomed road trips to Quebec.
While Busdriver has a solid underground rep, he’s not that interested in the whole mainstream popularity thing. Well, maybe not completely.
“Popularity is one of the handful of goals that come with pursuing a career in music,” he said. “Unfortunately, I tend to invest whole-heartedly in niches rather than pushing for mass appeal.”
And though Busdriver — who has released nine albums in the past decade — says it’s fear (“the fear of not being relevant anymore; the fear of not being considered good”) that keeps him going, that’s not keeping him from being optimistic about this headlining tour.
“I’m always hoping to reach a few new people every night, but, hopefully, the folks who have somehow been interested in my output in the past will come out in force,” he said.
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Written by Express contributor Roxana Hadadi
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