Buck 65 is an enigma rolled up in a blanket of eclectic styles. Hailing from Mount Uniacke, this genre-crossing musician received kudos from The New York Times, Spin magazine and Rolling Stone, to name a few, as the hot property in 2005 with his album "This Right Here is Buck 65" but the bottom fell out when the record label he was on went the way of the Dodo bird. What did Richard Terfry (aka-Buck 65) do? He went to Paris (forgive the pun Jimmy Buffett) and met a girl, made music, recorded and toured. This CD is his latest offering of what has been tagged "alternative rap".
To me one of the major things that Buck 65 has in common with K-OS is that you short-change both of them by saying they're Hip Hop artists. They are so much more than that and even though they have roots in that genre, both have transcended the limitations of that music style and have created a genre of music that follows it's own unique and individual path. Case in point? This album is inspired by the cultural happenings in 1957; frisbees, Tang, nuclear testing, China, a serial killer and so much more, all detailed in the CD's second track "1957". The next song "Dang" is dang hot, sounding as if it came from a Quentin Tarantino movie and most people will be familiar with the samples used from The Incredible Bongo Band. Do yourself a favour and check out the awesome video for the song posted on You Tube.
There are 16 tracks here, all killer-no filler. "Lipstick" is as slick as it's namesake,"The Outskirts" is pretty much brilliant,"The Beatific", with its Doors-like keyboards, drips "groovy", and "Shutter Buggin" is almost too hot to handle with its super sexy and risqué subject matter.
You can't pigeonhole a CD like this; all you can do is hope to provide a decent description by using relevant adjectives; groovy, one of a kind, rebel rousing, etc. Buck 65 may very well be the most creatively unique and innovative musician to ever come from Nova Scotia.