"Growing up, I really misinterpreted hip-hop," says Richard Terfry, the thirty-two-year-old Canadian who records and performs as Buck 65. "But what the hell do you expect? I'm from Nova Scotia, for chrissakes." For more than a decade, Terfry has been misinterpreting hip-hop with great success. His albums are vivid beatscapes full of dirt-road narratives and grizzled rhymes, from up-tempo bangers such as "Wicked and Weird" to impressionistic slow ones including "The Centaur," a truly amazing song about a half-man/half-horse who likes classical music and has a bigger private part than you do. Terfry speaks French, was an outstanding shortstop who was scouted by the Yankees, plays a mean tuba, was once homeless and is obsessed with David Lynch, Anton Chekhov and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. He may also have the largest record collection of any hip-hopper in history. "I have anywhere between 20,000 and 25,000 records," he says. "I'd put my iPod up against anyone's." This fall, V2 Records is set to release |
This Right Here Is Buck 65
, a compilation of his older material.