Release Date: Nov 9, 2004
Record label: Elektra
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Electronic, Rap
Five years after their rightfully revered debut, So...How's Your Girl?, brainiac producers Prince Paul and Dan the Automator return with Handsome Boy Modeling School's a-little-too-smug sophomore release, White People. Like the title, a good third of the album feels too forced. Another third is fair, but the remainder is stunning -- mostly song-based and mostly nonirreverent.
If the idea of Handsome Boy Modeling School doesn't annoy, it should. An R&B prank comprised of two US rap producers using pseudonyms and famous friends, it barely hides an in-joke smirk. The guilty parties are Gorillaz producer Dan Nakamura and De La Soul associate "Prince Paul" Huston, with the help of Pharrell Williams, Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos and others.