Foster & The Pranksters are a "Garage Rap"—essentially, Garage Rock + Hip-Hop—band hailing from Jersey City, New Jersey. Foster & The Pranksters consists of frontman Foster The Prankster, guitarist Mike "The Irate Genius" Chowanec, bassist Steve Padelski, and newest member, drummer Chris Stadler. The Pranksters are equally influenced by sharp-spitters, such as Yasiin Bey FKA Mos Def, Kanye West, The Roots, Wu-Tang Clan, and Lauryn Hill, as well and Classic/Alt. Rock icons like The Strokes, Jimi Hendrix, The White Stripes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Black Keys. Since their 2016 debut single as a group, "Think Me a Fool," Foster & The Pranksters have garnered a sizable buzz, based on their signature blend of Blues, Hip-Hop, and Rock "N" Roll. Recorded in a marathon 12-hour "one-take" session, Foster & The Pranksters' latest EP, La Honda, is a collection of studio recordings, singles, and B-sides from the band's vault and live repertoire. La Honda EP stand-out, "Live As It Gets" (Prankster Remix) is, actually, an updated version of "Live As It Gets" from a 2009 mixtape Foster released under his now-retired rapping alias, Vibes, called THE NEW GENERATION, which is still currently available on DatPiff for comparative purposes.
Both the 2009 & 2018 versions of "Live As It Gets" feature a very special vocal assist from Bad Meets Evil, PRhyme, and Slaughterhouse emcee Royce da 5'9". "It's a completely different song, with Royce's verse being the only constant between them," Foster The Prankster explains. La Honda was, believe it or not, recorded in bassist Steve Padelski's parents' basement in one 12-hour recording session held on Saturday, June 28th, 2018. "While house-sitting for my parents, we set up some mics and laid down a few jams that we'd been sitting on for the past year," Padelski confirms. "What we recorded that weekend were some of the rawest cuts I've ever been a part of," he continued. Honestly, in addition to the aforementioned sources of influence and inspiration, Foster & The Pranksters' La Honda EP evokes Asher Roth's 2011 Pabst & Jazz mixtape and The Knux's genre-eschewing album, ERASER, from the same year, as well as self-proclaimed "noGENRE" Brooklyn-based quintet Phony Ppl. Foster & The Pranksters' La Honda EP is now available to stream or download on Apple Music, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Spotify, and like-minded digital streaming services. La Honda's release was, also, accompanied by a BTS Collage-style music video for "Live As It Gets" (Prankster Remix) Feat. Royce da 5'9" consisting of stitched together live performances, candid photos, and behind-the-scenes studio footage.