PBR / The Blunt Club / UM / Stateside Presents
BUSDRIVER / KOOL A.D. (of Das Racist)
29 W. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ, 85282
This event is 21 and over
Busdriver is fixed as one of LA music’s most dynamic indie artists. From his years as a cypher phenom at Project
Blowed to his years as a recording artist on Epitaph to his current role as co-head of Hellfyre Club, Busdriver has always
challenged rap in the most particular and thoughtful of ways.
BD’s first record, ‘Memoirs of the Elephantman’, was self released thru Afterlife records (a Project Blowed subcrew at
the time) in 1999. Not until his second self-released record, ‘Temporary Forever’, came out in 2002 did Busdriver step on
the world stage. Sleeper hit ‘Imaginary Places’ turned him into one of main beacons of left-leaning hip-hop at that
moment. During this time he was also emceeing at the Hiphop/Drum’n’bass night Concrete Jungle with Daddy Kev,
Myka 9, edit and DJ Hive.
After the new success of Temporary Forever, Busdriver signed with Mush records to do a collaborative album with beat/
production guru Daedelus and quirky rap talent Radioinactive in 2003. The project was called ‘The Weather’. Their album
toyed with daringly disjointed production and dexterous rap, writing in a way that Busdriver hadn’t in the past. The
project amassed a small cult following all its own and aligned Driver’s taste with the output of LA’s electronic music
In 2004, Busdriver began his relationship with Big Dada by releasing with them the Daddy Kev-produced mini-LP,
‘Cosmic Cleavage’. This was followed by Busdriver’s official 3rd album, Fear of a Black Tangent, released via Big Dada
in the EU and on Mush in the US.
Busdriver’s label dealings grew outside of the rap arena in 2007 when he signed to indie-punk mega-label Epitaph and
eventually, it’s more indie-music driven sister label, Anti-. Through them he released ‘RoadKillOvercoat’ in 2007 and
‘Jhellibeam’ in 2009. Both albums featured production from Dj Nobody, Nosaj Thing, Free the Robots and Boom Bip.
During these years, rap producer culture was in flux in LA and the newly founded Low End Theory began gaining
momentum. Producer eDIT (who becomes the head of Glitch Mob) featured Busdriver on ‘Crunk De Gaulle’ (also
featuring TTC) off his Alpha Pup debut, Certified Air Raid Material.
Computer Cooties came out in 2010 after BD parted with Anti-. It was a free mixtape featuring collaborations with Flying
Lotus, Anti-Pop Consortium, Sister Crayon, Daedelus and Open Mike Eagle. He followed this by joining Hellfyre Club
and forming Flash Bang Grenada, a two-man group made of Nocando (founder of Hellfyre Club and original resident of
Low End Theory) and himself, created solely to let their musings on popular rap themes run amok. They released their
debut ‘10 Haters’ in 2011.
In 2012, Driver released Beaus$Eros through Fake Four. The album was produced entirely by Loden and had features
from Cocorosie and Mike Ladd. It was a departure from rap writing into microclimates of experimental pop. The record
was coupled with Regan Farquhar aka Busdriver fronting a progressive power pop outfit briefly called Physiccal Forms.
That same year Driver released Arguments with Dreams, an EP marking a return to Big Dada. It was mostly selfproduced
with stand-out appearances from Das Racist on “Firehydrant” and HFC members Nocando and Open Mike
Eagle on “Wernor Herzog”.
In 2013, Driver helmed and oversaw the production of Dorner Vs. Tookie, the joint mixtape featuring efforts from all the
members of Hellfyre Club (Nocando, Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle, milo, Rheteric Ramirez, Kail, VerBS, Taurus Scott, The
Kleerz). While doing this Busdriver completed his 8th proper studio album, Perfect Hair. The album features production
from Mono/Poly, Jeremiah Jae, Great Dane, Kenny Segal and Riley Lake with guest performances from Danny Brown,
Aesop Rock and Mike Eagle. A follow up mixtape from Hellfyre Club in collaboration with producer collective Team
Supreme is planned for 2014.
More recently Driver has done collaborations with Modeselektor, Son Lux, Latyrx, Kool AD, Lapalux, Sonnymoon, P.O.S,
and others on various albums.
KOOL A.D. (of Das Racist)
Victor Vazquez, also known by his stage name Kool A.D., is an American rapper and singer from the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Vazquez is best known for being a member of the New York-based rap group Das Racist, though he is also a member of the bands Boy Crisis and Party Animal. Vazquez has also released his own solo material, including the 2012 mixtapes The Palm Wine Drinkard and 51.
Though originally hailing from California, Vazquez attended college at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. During his sophomore year at the college, Vazquez served as Himanshu Suri's resident advisor. Following graduation, Kool A.D. returned to Wesleyan several times to practice with a Boy Crisis bandmate, who still attended the university. It was during this time that he became friends with Suri, and following Suri's graduation the two moved to New York City, where they shared an apartment.
Vazquez is of Afro-Cuban and Italian descent.
With Ashok "Dapwell" Kondabolu serving as their hype man, Vazquez and Suri formed the rap group Das Racist. Das Racist first found success on the internet with their 2008 song "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell", and then quickly established themselves within the underground rap scene with their 2010 mixtapes Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man, both of which earned them critical acclaim, including Pitchfork's designation of "Best New Music" as well as spawning tours across North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2011, the duo released their first studio album, Relax
On January 3, 2012, Vazquez, using his stage name Kool A.D., released his debut solo mixtape The Palm Wine Drinkard, which was followed later that month by Suri's own mixtape Nehru Jackets. The Palm Wine Drinkard, which featured several R&B tracks and other experimental music styles, received mixed reviews from critics. In April 2012, Vazquez released his second solo mixtape, 51, which received positive reviews from critics.