Handsome Boy Modeling School
Two of the most unapologetically eccentric and undeniably skilled producers in hip-hop, Prince Paul and Dan "the Automator" Nakamura came together in 1999 to form Handsome Boy Modeling School. Assuming the alter-egos of Chest Rockwell and Nathaniel Merriweather, they put together an all-star crew of rap and rock weirdoes (Del, Kid Koala, Alec Empire, DJ Shadow, Sean Lennon and many others) and released the much-loved concept album So...How's Your Girl? Chock-full of schizophrenic, genre-bending beats, left-field lyricism and plenty of bugged-out humor (as well as multiple Get a Life references), the record was a critically-acclaimed hit, spawning the high-octane single "Rock N' Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This)." Five years later, Chest and Nathaniel reunited for White People, drafting another team of musical oddballs to help them on their quest. De La Soul, Cat Power, RZA, Mike Patten, Casual and Mars Volta all lent their skills to the mix, resulting in another one-of-a-kind album that is both hard to classify and easy to dig.