The L.A. born and bred Busdriver may bill himself as an underground hip-hop artist, but with Jhelli Beam, he shows off his true talents by paying homage to the musical stylings that helped to shape his current sound. Every track on Jhelli Beam is a seamless blend of West Coast rap and electro beats with influences of everything from classical music to doo-wop.

Check out “Me – Time (With the Pulmonary Palimpsest)” to hear Busdriver drop his signature clean, crisp, cheeky rhymes faster than a cheetah in a jetfighter over an amped up version of Mozart’s Sonata No. 11 and see what I mean.

On the first track, “Split Seconds,” the first lines say, “Conscious rap failed us,” but with lyrics that are both poignant and irreverent, Jhelli Beam is poised to change that … if your ears are fast enough to hear what he’s got to say.