Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)
Hannibal Buress is hilarious. Straight up. The guy is doing his thing in 2013 on the stand-up comedy scene, and beyond (did you see him in the new Kevin Durant commercial?) And though he doesn’t use it as a gimmick, Hannibal definitely makes it clear during his act that he’s a huge hip-hop head. The Chicago native, who now resides in Brooklyn, weaves bits into his set about rap music, whether he’s cracking jokes about an over-the-top Odd Future chorus, or how rappers always say how bright their chains are in their rhymes. And earlier this year, Hannibal added music video director to his impressive resume (which also includes previous writing gigs at Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock and a guest spot on Louis C.K.’s show Louie), linking up with fellow Chi-Town representative Chance The Rapper for the Jash-funded “NaNa” video, where the pair took to the Hollywood streets to spend $5,000.
Since Hannibal’s a seasoned rap fan, and we love his comedy, we linked up with him earlier this week to find out what five songs he has in Heavy Rotation. And over afternoon pints of Smithwick’s in a local Williamsburg bar, just up the block from the Knitting Factory where he hosts a weekly comedy night on Sundays at 9pm (fall through!), he broke down his selections for us. Check out Hannibal’s five current favorite tracks below, and make sure to catch him out on tour with Dave Chappelle, Flight of the Conchords, and more at the Oddball Festival, which kicks off this Friday in Austin, Texas.
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