11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While rap music's detractors grumble about the genre's tendency to glorify violence, loose morals, and rampant consumerism, they tend to overlook artists like Pigeon John, a Los Angeles rhyme veteran who has been releasing decidedly non-threatening, lighthearted jams for the better part of two decades. After honing his skills at the storied Good Life Cafe (alongside acts like Jurassic 5, Pharcyde, and Freestyle Fellowship), he released half a dozen solo albums and has countless indie-rap features to his credit. Dragon Slayer is his most blatant pop material to date, full of relentlessly catchy hooks, lots of singing, and the usual overtly zany wordplay mixed with an ample amount of self-deprecating humor. “The Bomb" is slightly reminiscent of OutKast's crossover anthem "Hey Ya!," while several tracks, especially "Rock Bottom Again" and "Davey Rockit" aren't even really hip-hop at all. At its best, his blend of styles and instrumentation is original, funny, and thoroughly entertaining.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While rap music's detractors grumble about the genre's tendency to glorify violence, loose morals, and rampant consumerism, they tend to overlook artists like Pigeon John, a Los Angeles rhyme veteran who has been releasing decidedly non-threatening, lighthearted jams for the better part of two decades. After honing his skills at the storied Good Life Cafe (alongside acts like Jurassic 5, Pharcyde, and Freestyle Fellowship), he released half a dozen solo albums and has countless indie-rap features to his credit. Dragon Slayer is his most blatant pop material to date, full of relentlessly catchy hooks, lots of singing, and the usual overtly zany wordplay mixed with an ample amount of self-deprecating humor. “The Bomb" is slightly reminiscent of OutKast's crossover anthem "Hey Ya!," while several tracks, especially "Rock Bottom Again" and "Davey Rockit" aren't even really hip-hop at all. At its best, his blend of styles and instrumentation is original, funny, and thoroughly entertaining.

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