American Splendor: The Rap Album

American Splendor: The Rap Album"Nah, I'm not an optimist, I'm more of a pragmatist, a whole different bag of tricks, a different sleight of hand but the command is more elaborate it's really not a habit since I haven't had to practice it."

That's from Sleight Of Hand by The Crack Epidemic from their album American Splendor. Thematically inspired by the movie and comic of the same name, sampling the movie and using imagery on the cover art, it's a rather curious combination of forms.

Produced by Kojo Kisseih, it stars rapper Tim Baker aka Alaska from the Definitive Jux recording artists Hangar 18 the album "explores the frustrations of modern American life and takes you on a journey of unexpected turns and curveballs that ultimately bring us to a better place."

Harvey would probably have hated it. I don't. Have a listen.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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