Handsome Boy Modeling School

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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.
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Albums

TFCK 87716 Handsome Boy Modeling School - So... How's Your Girl? album art Handsome Boy Modeling School So... How's Your Girl? (Album) Tommy Boy TFCK 87716 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
CD 62941 Handsome Boy Modeling School - White People album art Handsome Boy Modeling School White People (Album) Atlantic, Elektra CD 62941 Canada 2004 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Handsome Boy Modeling School - The Truth album art Handsome Boy Modeling School Featuring Roisin Murphy* & J-Live Handsome Boy Modeling School Featuring Roisin Murphy* & J-Live - The Truth (Maxi) Tommy Boy none UK 1999 Sell This Version
none Handsome Boy Modeling School - Rock 'n' Roll / Holy Calamity album art Handsome Boy Modeling School Rock 'n' Roll / Holy Calamity (Single) Tommy Boy none US 1998 Sell This Version
OG 2087 Handsome Boy Modeling School - Metaphysical album art Handsome Boy Modeling School Metaphysical(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Tommy Boy OG 2087 UK 1999 Sell This Version
TB 2015 Handsome Boy Modeling School - Magnetizing album art Handsome Boy Modeling School Magnetizing(12") Tommy Boy TB 2015 US 1999 Sell This Version
TB 2016 Handsome Boy Modeling School - The Projects (PJays) album art Handsome Boy Modeling School The Projects (PJays)(12") Tommy Boy TB 2016 US 1999 Sell This Version
75004, 750041 Handsome Boy Modeling School - Sporadic / Waterworld album art Encore / Handsome Boy Modeling School Encore / Handsome Boy Modeling School - Sporadic / Waterworld(12") 75 Ark, 75 Ark 75004, 750041 US 2000 Sell This Version
0P2081A Handsome Boy Modeling School - Sunshine album art Handsome Boy Modeling School Sunshine (Single, Maxi) Tommy Boy 0P2081A UK 2000 Sell This Version
PRCD 1996 Handsome Boy Modeling School - White People Album Sampler album art Handsome Boy Modeling School White People Album Sampler (EP) Elektra PRCD 1996 US 2004 Sell This Version
none Handsome Boy Modeling School - The World's Gone Mad album art Handsome Boy Modeling School The World's Gone Mad (Single) Atlantic, Elektra none US 2004 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

TBCD 2032 Handsome Boy Modeling School - Free Introductory Course album art Handsome Boy Modeling School Free Introductory Course(CD, Mixed, Promo, Smplr) Tommy Boy TBCD 2032 US 1999 Sell This Version
none Handsome Boy Modeling School - Atlantic Records Fall 2004 album art Handsome Boy Modeling School Atlantic Records Fall 2004(CDr, Mixed, Promo, Smplr) Atlantic none US 2004 Sell This Version

Videos

TBV 2019 Handsome Boy Modeling School - TV Ad album art Handsome Boy Modeling School TV Ad(VHS, Ltd, Promo) Tommy Boy TBV 2019 US 1999 Sell This Version