HANDSOME BOY MODELING SCHOOL

Biography

[b]Handsome Boy Modeling School[/b] was an American conceptual hip hop duo, active between 1999 and 2006, and founded by renowned producers [a=Dan The Automator] ([a=Gorillaz], [a=Deltron 3030], [a=Lovage]) and [a=Prince Paul] ([a=Stetsasonic], [a=De La Soul], [a=Gravediggaz], [i][m=70637][/i]). Disguised under the fictional personalities of [a=Nathaniel Merriweather] and [url=https://www.discogs.com/artist/499392]Chest Rockwell[/url], [a=Dan Nakamura] and [a=Paul Huston] ridiculed a snobbish consumerist faux glam lifestyle of an ‘old money’ upper society, supermodels, entertainment industry moguls, etc.

In 1999, Dan and Paul released their debut concept album [i][m=101090][/i] via [l=Tommy Boy] label, loosely based on ‘The Prettiest Week of My Life,’ an episode from a short-lived Fox sitcom [i]Get a Life[/i] (1990–92). The band was named after a fictional Handsome Boy Modeling School, where Chris Elliott’s character enrolled to become a male model. The album is notable for a very eclectic line-up of guest rappers, vocalists, co-producers, comedians, and featured musicians from different eras and a variety of genres not necessarily associated with hip hop. Some of the participants include [a=Del Tha Funkee Homosapien], [a=J-Live], [a=DJ Shadow], [a=Mike D] of the [a=Beastie Boys], [a=Don Novello] as [a=Father Guido Sarducci], [a=Biz Markie], [a=Dave Jolicoeur] of [a=De La Soul], [a=Kid Koala], [a=DJ Quest (2)], [a=Sean Lennon], [a=Miho Hatori] of [a=Cibo Matto], [a=Róisín Murphy], [a=Money Mark], [a=Encore], [a=Sensational], [a=Grand Puba] and [a=Sadat X] of [a=Brand Nubian], [a=Alec Empire] and [a=EL-P], and many others. One of the singles from the album, [i]The Projects (P Jays)[/i], had been featured on [m=31294] soundtrack in 2001.

The duo’s second album, [i][m=113806][/i], was released in 2004 by [l=Elektra]. Handsome Boy Modeling School continued working with some collaborators from the debut album (De La Soul, Don Novello, Kid Koala, EL-P), but also greatly expanded the list of featured artists: [a=Mike Patton], [a=Pharrell Williams], [a=RZA], [a=Cedric Bixler-Zavala] of [a=The Mars Volta], [a=Casual], [a=Dres], [a=Rahzel], [a=Lord Finesse], [a=Barrington Levy], [a=John Oates], [a=DJ Q-Bert], [a=Sean Martin (2)] from [a=Cage], [a=Grand Wizard Theodore], [a=Jazzy Jay], [a=Julee Cruise], [a=Cat Power], [a=Alex Kapranos] of [a=Franz Ferdinand], [a=Chester Bennington] and [a=Mike Shinoda] of [a=Linkin Park], [a=Chino Moreno] ([a=Deftones]), [a=Jack Johnson], [a=Jamie Cullum], and comic [a=Tim Meadows].

According to Prince Paul’s 2006 Pitchfork interview, the band ceased all activities due to financial disagreement and internal conflicts between the two members. After Huston announced his retirement from the Handsome Boy Modeling School, no one from Nakamura’s camp or label executives, not even a band manager, contacted him or gave any public comments.

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HANDSOME BOY MODELING SCHOOL

WHITE PEOPLE -COLOURED-

09.07.2021 Hip Hop Conscious, Jazzy Hip-Hop Vinyl
43,49  Add to cart
HANDSOME BOY MODELING SCHOOL

SO… HOW’S YOUR GIRL?

23.04.2022 Electronic Conscious, Cut-up/DJ, Downtempo, Indie Rock Vinyl
39,49  Add to cart