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So...How's Your Girl?
     

So...How's Your Girl?

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by Handsome Boy Modeling School
 
Hip-hop doesn't get much more, well... handsome than this - or as wonderfully strange. Not that it's any surprise: the brains behind Handsome Boy Modeling School are none other than groove legends Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and Prince Paul. Both are famed for funky as hell bizarro beats that have blown many a mind. The Automator provided

Overview

Hip-hop doesn't get much more, well... handsome than this - or as wonderfully strange. Not that it's any surprise: the brains behind Handsome Boy Modeling School are none other than groove legends Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and Prince Paul. Both are famed for funky as hell bizarro beats that have blown many a mind. The Automator provided the sickly ominous production for Kool Keith's brilliantly demented Dr. Octagon project, while Prince Paul has tweaked soundscapes for everyone from De La Soul and Gravediggaz to Queen Latifah and Chris Rock. As you might expect, there's more than a little class clowning - a telephoned in Biz Markie sings the Bee Gees' "Night Fever" over solemn organ chords; and long lost Saturday Night Live regular, Father Guido Sarducci, closes the disc with a modeling school testimonial. The collaborations are even iller. "Metaphysical" finds Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori flowing against Beastie Mike D (who sounds like a dusted Puff Daddy), while "The Truth" blends jazzbo trip-hop with underground raps and "Megaton B-Boy 2000" finds techno enfant terrible, Alec Empire, and Company Flow's El-P making white-boy white noise like you've never heard. Still the straight-up hip-hop tracks remain undeniable. Grand Puba and Sadat X shine on "Once Again (Here to Kick One For You)," the hottest Brand Nubian-associated track in recent memory, while "Magnetizing" demonstrates that Del Tha Funkee Homosapien wasn't a casualty of the early '90s but is a wicked lyrical force to be reckoned with. It's rare that hip-hop these days stretches to be so insanely diverse and experimental; for this alone, Handsome Boy Modeling School graduates with honors.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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 Automator, you might expect So...How's Your Girl? to be a goof from top to bottom. 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 the 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. The DJ cuts -- the duo's own "Rock n' Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This)" and the DJ Shadow/DJ Quest team-up "Holy Calamity (Bear Witness II)" -- are some of the most exciting tracks on the album, and of the rappers, Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Brand Nubian's Grand Puba and Sadat X turn in the most memorable performances. The electronic collaborations range the farthest afield, and provide some of the most intriguing highlights -- especially the bluesy trip-hop of "The Truth," featuring Moloko crooner Roisin Murphy. Meanwhile, Alec Empire and El-P -- each arguably the most abrasive experimentalist in his field -- live up to their billing on the massively distorted "Megaton B-Boy 2000." It's true that a few of the quirkier experiments never quite get off the ground, but by and large, So...How's Your Girl? is packed with imaginative, intriguing music.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
Label:
Elektra / Ada
UPC:
0016998125823
catalogNumber:
81258

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Handsome Boy Modeling School   Primary Artist
Father Guido Sarducci   Vocals,Track Performer
Del the Funky Homosapien   Vocals,Track Performer
Grand Puba   Vocals,Track Performer
Biz Markie   Track Performer
Mike D   Vocals,Track Performer
Money Mark   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer
Prince Paul   Track Performer
Paul Huston   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Sean Lennon   Vocals,Track Performer
Paula Frazer   Vocals,Track Performer
DJ Shadow   Track Performer
Sadat   Vocals,Track Performer
Alec Empire   Track Performer
Dan the Automator   Violin,Keyboards,Vocals
Kid Koala   Turntables
Gordon Shumway   Koto
Miho Hatori   Vocals,Track Performer
Róisín Murphy   Vocals
El-P   Track Performer
J-Live   Vocals
Josh Hayden   Vocals
DJ Quest   Track Performer
Nathaniel Merriweather   Turntables
Brandon Arnovick   Guitar
Chest Rockwell   Horn,Turntables
Bob Elliot   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Prince Paul   Producer
DJ Shadow   Programming,Producer
Dan the Automator   Producer
Handsome Boy Modeling School   Producer
Kevin Wolahan   Art Direction
Toni Isabella   Executive Producer
Dan Nakamura   Producer

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So...How's Your Girl? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I literally stumbled upon this cd while looking at this very website and decided to buy it when I found Prince Paul of De La fame was involved. Hooo-ee! THE best dang cd I've bought in a long time. Funky beats and awesome guests!