Formed in 1999 by acclaimed hip-hop producers Dan the Automator (Gorillaz, Dr. Octagon, Deltron 3030) and Prince Paul (Stetsasonic, de la Soul, Gravediggaz,) Handsome Boy Modeling School is a concept project that instantly turned heads and brought a whole new dynamic to the world of hip-hop.
Hidden behind the world-class and all-star lineup, the group created a project that parodied vain, consumerist, materialistic and self-absorbed members of upper-class society. While the 1999 release of their debut project, So... How's Your Girl?, helped to set the tone and introduce the world to Handsome Boy Modeling School, it was their 2004 follow-up, White People, which helped to solidify the project as a game-changer amongst hip-hop heads. With Dan the Automator and Prince Paul behind the boards, White People, featured a stacked list of features including but not limited to de la Soul, Jack Johnson, Lord Finesse, Mike Shinoda, Pharrell Williams, El-P and RZA.
Touted by John Murphy of MusicOMH as, "the most innovative, original and enjoyable hip-hop album since Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," White People has undoubtedly become a somewhat overlooked gem of its era. Topping out at #168 on the Billboard 200, #79 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and #4 on the Top Heatseekers charts, this release has only grown in popularity over the years as it is discovered by more and more hip-hop heads looking for the left-of-center.
- Limited Edition
- White Vinyl
- Double LP
- Explicit Content
- Intro (Featuring Father Guido Sarducci)
- If It Wasn't For You (Featuring de la Soul and Starchild Excalibur)
- Are You Down With It (Featuring Mike Patton)
- The World's Gone Mad (Featuring Del the Funky Homosapien, Barrington Levy and Alex Kapranos)
- Breakdown (Featuring Jack Johnson)
- It's Like That (Featuring Casual)
- I Am Complete (Featuring Tim Meadows)
- I've Been Thinking (Featuring Cat Power)
- Dating Games (Featuring Tim Meadows, Hines Buchanan and Introducing Neelam)
- Rock And Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This) Part 2 (Featuring Lord Finesse, Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington, Rahzel, Qbert, Grand Wizard Theodore & Jazzy Jay)
- Knockers (Featuring Tim Meadows)
- The Hours
- Class System (Featuring Pharrell Williams and Julee Cruise)