As a rapper, Homeboy Sandman is probably the most talented and inventive rapper out there. Often rhyming over complex beats no one else has considered, he makes references that are hyper-literature, and use complex rhyme schemes – you’ll hear internal rhyme and rhyme schemes that are just insane. Just on “Sputnik,” the latest single and video off his Stones Throw Records full-length effort, First of a Living Breed you’ll hear the brother make references to tatas, the Grand Teutons, Winston Churchill, R. Kelly, pimps that look like peacocks (great imagery), BDP, Okayplayer and a lot more within the song’s first few bars.
The video has Homey Sand as an old school detective, along the lines of Philip Marlow. Oddly enough it fits the staggering, scratchy beat.