Hemlock Ernst

This week marks the release of Singles, the stupendous 4AD debut and apparent breakout LP by Baltimore synth-pop weirdos Future Islands. And if you, like David Letterman, are among those hypnotized by frontman Samuel T. Herring’s singing and dancing, perhaps you’d be interested in hearing him rap too. This weekend, video of Herring performing as his hip-hop alter ego Hemlock Ernst began blowing up the internet (although let’s give credit where it’s due: Stereogum reader Jared Hickman tipped us off about Herring’s burgeoning rap career months ago; somehow we failed to post it!). As an MC, Herring’s poised and in the pocket, though his lyrical-miracle approach and boilerplate jazz-inflected beat selections are highly vanilla compared to the unmistakably charismatic sound of Future Islands. Herring should keep his day job, but you’ll probably get a kick out of the clips below anyhow.

As previously stated, Future Islands’ Singles is out this week on 4AD, and you really ought to hear it.

Comments (6)
  1. And I thought there was no way I could possibly love this man more.

  2. By 2030 we will have at least one President with a video of his or her attempted rap career.


  4. Sam is seriously one of the friendliest guys I’ve ever met. I only talked to him for a bit before and after a show, but if I had known we could’ve talked about rap music, I would’ve tried to give that man my number. This band fucking rules.

  5. i don’t know why i expected something terrible (i like future islands). this is quite nice. i always dig it when people with no real hip hop background can actually rap.

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