Handsome Boys Surrounded By 'People' On New CD
Handsome Boy Modeling School, an on-again/off-again project featuring Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and Prince Paul, will unleash its second album this fall. Due Nov. 9 via Atlantic, "White People" wilAs tipped here in March, Handsome Boy Modeling School, an on-again/off-again project featuring Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and Prince Paul, will unleash its second album this fall. Due Nov. 9 via Atlantic, "White People" will be preceded by the single "The World's Gone Mad" featuring Franz Ferdinand vocalist Alex Kapranos, Del The Funky Homosapien and Barrington Levy.
Handsome Boy's only prior release was the 1999 Tommy Boy effort "So...How's Your Girl?," which reached No. 18 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 117,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The new set is overflowing with guest spots, including Jack Johnson, Kid Koala, the RZA, the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams and Mike Patton, with whom Nakamura previously collaborated in the project Lovage.
Old-school hip-hop meets new rock on "Rock and Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This), featuring Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda as well as Lord Finesse, Jazzy Jay and Grand Wizard Theodore.
Elsewhere, Cat Power offers breathy intonations over the languid "I've Been Thinking" and the RZA spits verse alongside the Mars Volta's Cedric Bixler and Omar Rodriguez on "A Day in the Life."
But perhaps the strangest pairing can be found on the alternate-universe, adult contemporary-leaning "Greatest Mistake," which sports Hall & Oates' John Oates, Tarnation's Paula Frazer and up-and-coming pop artist Jaime Cullum.
Interspersed throughout are skits voiced by Father Guido Sarducci or actor Tim Meadows as his "Saturday Night Live" character "the Ladies Man."