Recently there’s been a trend of comedians making the transition to rap, from Zack Fox’s Southern hip-hip debut Shut the Fuck Up Talking to Me to Jaboukie’s hip-house banger “BBC.” Before these crossovers, though, Hannibal Buress launched his rap career with a characteristically goofy verse on Open Mike Eagle’s Dark Comedy in 2014, which he later followed up with a one-off solo single produced by Chrome Sparks called “Judge Judy.” But after crashing FLOODfest SXSW earlier this year, today Buress is unveiling his new hip-hop moniker Eshu Tune with the debut single “Knee Brace.”
In the same vein as Mike Eagle and other rappers who’ve survived the trials of The Eric Andre Show’s booby-trapped set, the single skirts the line of legitimately hard and lowkey goofy. “‘Knee Brace’ is my magnum opus and no one can tell me otherwise,” Buress shared of the song, which, as is immediately made apparent, is about osteoarthritic sex. “I spilled my guts on this song. The real ones will feel it. The fake won’t understand. They got the collywobbles.”
Hear the track below. With his magnum opus already out, it should be interesting to see where Eshu Tune goes from here.