Release Date: Feb 24, 2009
Record label: Illegal Art
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Pop
Decades ago, as hip-hop first weaved its way into mainstream-American consciousness, those outside its genesis asked questions about its staying power. The unenlightened eagerly labeled it a passing fad. In 2009, hip-hop has become an essential cultural, creative and commercial force, making it hard to believe such inquiries were ever made. While it is not a completely fair comparison, the areas of common ground shared by hip-hop and the mashup are bound to evoke similar questions about the longevity of the latter art form, an exciting and increasingly popular means of musical expression.
The Bran Flakes are made up of Otis Fodder and Mildred Pitt, two people who choose to wear giant purple smiley-face masks when they appear in public. Any information dispatched from this duo is inevitably cloaked in childish rhetoric, filled with images of candy and kittens. Frankly, it reads a bit like a cult manifesto, which isn't far from the truth.