Remember your seventh birthday party? You were eating cake with all your friends, when out of the depths of the arcade stumbles a giant animatronic robot (who vaguely resembles Bret from Flight of the Conchords) who drops lightning-fast raps over the tune of Mozart's "Sonata in A Major." Oh wait, maybe I'm thinking of Busdriver's video for "Me Time (With the Pulmonary Palimpset)," the first single off his upcoming album Jhelli Beam.
As far as traumatizing childhood nightmares go, this would rank pretty high if it weren't so excellent. Busdriver spits technically flawless rhymes that are near-impossible to make out on the first (or even tenth) listen, save some lines about a Prius and Vladimir Putin. The video is hilarious, the song is intense, intricate, and infinitely listenable, and thankfully, we're spared the clowns. -Nina Mashurova