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Handsome Boy Modeling School

Band, 1999-2006 US
Hip-Hop/Rap

Handsome Boy Modeling School was an American conceptual hip hop duo, active between 1999 and 2006, and founded by renowned producers Dan The Automator (Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, Lovage) and Prince Paul (Stetsasonic, De La Soul, Gravediggaz, A Prince Among Thieves). Disguised under the fictional personalities of Nathaniel Merriweather and Chest Rockwell, Dan Nakamura and Paul Huston ridiculed a snobbish consumerist faux glam lifestyle of an 'old money' upper society, supermodels, entertainment industry moguls, etc. In 1999, Dan and Paul released their debut concept album So... How's Your Girl? via Tommy Boy label, loosely based on 'The Prettiest Week of My Life,' an episode from a short-lived Fox sitcom Get a Life (1990–92). The band was named after a fictional Handsome Boy Modeling School, where Chris Elliott's character enrolled to become a male model. The album is notable for a very eclectic line-up of guest rappers, vocalists, co-producers, comedians, and featured musicians from different eras and a variety of genres not necessarily associated with hip hop. Some of the participants include Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, J-Live, DJ Shadow, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, Don Novello as Father Guido Sarducci, Biz Markie, Dave Jolicoeur of De La Soul, Kid Koala, DJ Quest (2), Sean Lennon, Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, Róisín Murphy, Money Mark, Encore, Sensational, Grand Puba and Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Alec Empire and EL-P, and many others. One of the singles from the album, The Projects (P Jays), had been featured on Music From The Motion Picture Ocean's Eleven soundtrack in 2001. The duo's second album, White People, was released in 2004 by Elektra. Handsome Boy Modeling School continued working with some collaborators from the debut album (De La Soul, Don Novello, Kid Koala, EL-P), but also greatly expanded the list of featured artists: Mike Patton, Pharrell Williams, RZA, Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta, Casual, Dres, Rahzel, Lord Finesse, Barrington Levy, John Oates, DJ Q-Bert, Sean Martin (2) from Cage, Grand Wizard Theodore, Jazzy Jay, Julee Cruise, Cat Power, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Chino Moreno (Deftones), Jack Johnson, Jamie Cullum, and comic Tim Meadows. According to Prince Paul's 2006 Pitchfork interview, the band ceased all activities due to financial disagreement and internal conflicts between the two members. After Huston announced his retirement from the Handsome Boy Modeling School, no one from Nakamura's camp or label executives, not even a band manager, contacted him or gave any public comments.

     
Members
PortraitPaul Huston
key, vib *1967 US
PortraitDan Nakamura
vn *1967 US
Popular Tracks   
The Truth on So...How's Your Girl? by Handsome Boy Modeling School
I've Been Thinking on White People by Handsome Boy Modeling School
Breakdown on White People by Handsome Boy Modeling School
Holy Calamity [Bear Witness II] on So...How's Your Girl? by Handsome Boy Modeling School
Rock N' Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This) on So...How's Your Girl? by Handsome Boy Modeling School
Once Again (Here To Kick One For You) on So...How's Your Girl? by Handsome Boy Modeling School
Metaphysical (A Good Day) on So...How's Your Girl? by Handsome Boy Modeling School
The Projects (PJays) on So...How's Your Girl? by Handsome Boy Modeling School
The World's Gone Mad on White People by Handsome Boy Modeling School
Modeling Sucks on So...How's Your Girl? by Handsome Boy Modeling School

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Discography

Title Artist Year Type
The World's Gone MadHandsome Boy Modeling School2004Single
White People Album SamplerHandsome Boy Modeling School2004Album
The Fall Collection For The Discerning ListenerHandsome Boy Modeling School2004Single
White PeopleHandsome Boy Modeling School2004Album
Atlantic Records Fall 2004Handsome Boy Modeling School2004Album
SunshineHandsome Boy Modeling School2000Single
The TruthHandsome Boy Modeling School Featuring Róisín Murphy & J-Live1999Single
Free Introductory CourseHandsome Boy Modeling School1999Album
MetaphysicalHandsome Boy Modeling School1999Album
MagnetizingHandsome Boy Modeling School1999Album
The Projects (PJays)Handsome Boy Modeling School1999Album
So... How's Your Girl?Handsome Boy Modeling School1999Album
Rock 'n' Roll / Holy CalamityHandsome Boy Modeling School1999Single
SunshineHandsome Boy Modeling SchoolAlbum
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