Rockwell Knuckles: Soundtrack For A Departing Rocket At times inspiring and at other times simply goofy, "Silly Human" is a great introduction to an endlessly creative rapper.
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'Silly Human' by Rockwell Knuckles

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Rockwell Knuckles: Soundtrack For A Departing Rocket

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Rockwell Knuckles: Soundtrack For A Departing Rocket

'Silly Human' by Rockwell Knuckles

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At times inspiring and at other times simply goofy, Rockwell Knuckles' "Silly Human" is a great introduction to an endlessly creative rapper.

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Thursday's Pick

Song: "Silly Human"

Artist: Rockwell Knuckles

CD: You're F—— Out, I'm F—— In

Genre: Hip-Hop

St. Louis rapper Rockwell Knuckles is an accomplished and proficient performer, but he often prefers to be absurd. He's got an edge that comes from growing up in a tough part of town, but he's not particularly concerned with street life. Instead, he takes cues from unlikely role models, such as Eastbound & Down's lovable loser Kenny Powers. The title of Knuckles' latest album, You're F---- Out, I'm F---- In, is named for Powers' audio book in the show, and the rapper's music exudes similarly manic energy.

Knuckles and his producers aren't afraid to experiment, blending science-fiction synths, chopped samples and live drums and bass. One of the album's standout tracks, "Silly Human," muses on time, immortality, outer space, robots and critics. "When it comes to failure, see, I know not," he raps, soon adding, "Transformer surrounded by Gobots." The track's beat, courtesy of Trifeckta, feels similarly jubilant and optimistic — it's like an efficient and rollicking soundtrack for a departing rocket. At times inspiring and at other times simply goofy, it's a great introduction to an artist whose creativity seems unencumbered by gravity.