The video below is “Mutescreamer” by Beans, an emcee formerly of the underground rap group Antipop Consortium. The track is featured in DJ Shadow‘s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, released via his website in limited edition as Diminishing Returns.
I saw Beans perform live a few years back when he opened for post-rock gods Tortoise. His performance was raw– he rapped over DAT beats or a cappella– but it was memorable. The video only hints at Beans’ prowess as an emcee; he is one who is blessed with both wit and flow, a welcome change to the formulaic rhyme-sayers flooding popular radio, which needs more artists like him and less like Soulja Boy.