Fear of a Black Tangent

Fear of a Black Tangent is a studio album by American rapper Busdriver. It was originally released on Mush Records in 2005.[1] In Europe, it was released on Big Dada.[1]

Fear of a Black Tangent
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 22, 2005 (2005-02-22)[1]
GenreHip hop
LabelMush Records
ProducerDaedelus, Omid, Paris Zax, Thavius Beck, Danger Mouse
Busdriver chronology
Cosmic Cleavage
Fear of a Black Tangent
Singles from Fear of a Black Tangent
  1. "Avantcore"
    Released: January 18, 2005 (2005-01-18)[2]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The A.V. Clubfavorable[5]
Robert ChristgauA–[7]
Stylus MagazineB[13]

Critical reception

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 78% based on 14 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[3]

Rollie Pemberton of Stylus Magazine gave the album a grade of B, saying: "The album is one of the few anti-industry freakouts that have appealed to me on both a conceptual and musical level, so whether or not you are familiar with Busdriver's skittering flow or innovative song structure, it's worth the time to see why he's so damn mad after all."[13]

Track listing

1."Yawning Zeitgeist Intro" (freestyle)Daedelus1:30
2."Reheated Pop!"Omid3:00
3."Unemployed Black Astronaut"Paris Zax4:00
4."Happiness('s Unit of Measurement)"Thavius Beck4:37
5."Avantcore"Paris Zax2:24
7."Map Your Psyche" (featuring Abstract Rude and Ellay Khule)Paris Zax4:15
8."Cool Band Buzz"Danger Mouse3:28
9."Note Boom"Paris Zax3:43
10."Low Flying Winged Books"Thavius Beck4:56
11."Befriend the Friendless Friendster"Daedelus3:38
12."Sphinx's Coonery" (featuring Myka 9 and 2Mex)Paris Zax4:43
13."Lefty's Lament"Daedelus3:41
Total length:48:24


Credits adapted from liner notes.


  1. "MH-235 Busdriver - Fear Of A Black Tangent". Mush Records. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  2. "MH-028 Busdriver - Avantcore". Mush Records. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  3. "Fear Of A Black Tangent by Busdriver". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  4. Bush, John. "Fear of a Black Tangent - Busdriver". AllMusic. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  5. Rabin, Nathan (March 8, 2005). "Busdriver: Fear Of A Black Tangent". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  6. Webb, Adam (2005). "Busdriver - Fear Of A Black Tangent - Review". BBC. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  7. Christgau, Robert. "Busdriver". Christgau's Consumer Guide. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  8. Newell, Aaron (February 16, 2005). "Busdriver: Fear of a Black Tangent". Cokemachineglow. Archived from the original on October 26, 2006. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  9. Quinlan, Thomas (February 28, 2005). "Busdriver - Fear of a Black Tangent". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  10. Hands, Steve (February 28, 2005). "Busdriver – Fear Of A Black Tangent". MusicOMH. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  11. Macdonald, Cameron (March 8, 2005). "Busdriver: Fear of a Black Tangent". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  12. Hamilton, Pierre (May 11, 2005). "Busdriver: Fear of a Black Tangent". PopMatters. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  13. Pemberton, Rollie (March 8, 2005). "Busdriver - Fear Of A Black Tangent". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on May 4, 2007. Retrieved April 2, 2016.

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