Rappers love to talk about how different they are. It’s a funny thing, because most rappers are not that different. There is a seemingly endless supply of rappin’ ass rappers, rapping their asses off about what good rappers they are, and declaring themselves unlike all these “other” guys.

Busdriver and Aesop Rock though? These guys are different.

Beaus$Eros, the recently-announced seventh full-length from indie rap trailblazer Busdriver, is out soon with a North American release date of February 14th. As   As a part of the pre-order package just announced, those who order the cd or double vinyl edition of the album in advance also receive Shirt, a book of original poetry by Busdriver, as well as a limited edition 7″ that features “Superhand’s Mantra (F**k Us All),” his collaboration with Aesop Rock.

On the new record, Busdriver forgoes the lightening-speed rhyming that defined his style in favor of a diverse, off-kilter brand of pop and post-hip-hop. Keeping things technically challenging on the new record, Busdriver has made his most personal and avant-garde work yet with Beaus$Eros. Focusing on a devastating break-up and personal failure, the album is buttered in stirring melodies and complex vocals and are on full display with “Bon Bon Fire,” as well as in the ultra-surreal video for  “Kiss Me Back To Life.”  In step with Busdriver’s recent work with forward-thinking producers Flying Lotus, Modeselektor, Nosaj Thing and others, the production on Beaus$Eros takes root in beat music, lush IDM, and sythpop.

Busdriver – Upcoming Live Dates
Wednesday February 1st @ A.F. Rays, Greeley Colorado
Friday February 3rd  @ Hodi’s Halfnot, Fort Collins Colorado
Saturday Februaruy 4th @ Marquis Theatre, Denver Colorado
Thursday February 16th @ Wonder Ballroom with The Coup & Buck 65 – Portland, OR
Friday February 17th @ Tractor Tavern with Buck 65 – Seattle, WA
Saturday February 18th @ TBA – Bend, OR
Sunday February 19th @ Slim’s with Buck 65 – San Francisco, CA
Tuesday February 21st @ The Echo (Beaus$Eros record release show) w/ Nocando & Open Mike Eagle – Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, March 14th-Saturday, March 17th @ SXSW – Austin, TX