Talkin’ Honky Blues — Buck 65

It’s the blues, but it’s also folk music, C&W and rap. Buck 65 rhymes like an old-school MC, but has the lyrical sensibility of a beat poet and the voice of a grizzled old trucker. His hard-luck tales of life on the downside are backed by dark, country & western inflected hip-hop beats. Of course, this is an oversimplification: there are a lot of different sounds and styles in here.

Buck 65 did a session for one of the the BBC’s excellent radio shows a while ago, and I was hooked. Don’t be put off by my overwrought attempts at music criticism — this album won’t change the world, but it’s well worth a listen. And the CD is worth much more than a buck 65.

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