Pedestrian (rapper)

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Birth name James Brandon Best
Also known as The Pedestrian
Evangelist J.B. Best
Cosmic Lovefuck
Origin Los Angeles
Genres Alternative hip hop, underground hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, preacher, writer
Years active 1998–present
Labels Anticon
Associated acts Sole, Jel, Telephone Jim Jesus, Yoni Wolf

James Brandon Best, better known by his stage name Pedestrian, is a rapper and writer from Los Angeles. He is a co-founder of Anticon.[1] He is also known as a preacher under the moniker Evangelist J.B. Best.[2]


In 1998, Pedestian co-founded Anticon with other indie hip hop artists. He came up with the name; it means "anti conformity" originally, but also means "ant icon."[3]

He has written several articles about hip hop for East Bay Express from 2003 to 2004.[4][5][6]

After being featured on other Anticon co-founders' albums such as Them and Bottle of Humans, Pedestrian released his debut solo album Volume One: UnIndian Songs on the label in 2005.[7] It was produced by Matt Chang, Jel, Why? and Alias.[8] "The Toss & Turn" b/w "Arrest the President," a single from the album, includes the track "Resurrection Morning Sermon" performed by Evangelist J.B. Best.[9]

Pedestrian toured across the United States[10][11] and Europe[12][13] with Sole, Dosh and Telephone Jim Jesus in promotion of the album.

He wrote an article about N.W.A for Xlr8r in 2008.[14]


In a 2003 interview, Pedestrian talked about his influence and rapping style:

"I was mostly into fast rapping and freestyling, and I was really inspired too by a lot of vocalese-Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks, and Eddie Jefferson especially. Which is probably the apotheosis of voice-as-instrument. But the whole appeal of rap for me has always been its hyper-wordiness, and more than anything I want to communicate ideas."[15]


Studio albums


Object Beings (Pedestrian with Doseone & Why?)

  • Object Beings (2001)

EPs, mixtapes, compilations



  • Red Dawn: A Baybridge Epic (2001) (with Sole, as Da Babylonianz)


  • Songs of the Light Workers' Local #168 (2005)


  • "The Toss & Turn" b/w "Arrest the President" (Anticon, 2004)

Guest appearances

Tracks appear on

Writing credits


  1. ^ McAllister, Lulu (November 19, 2008). "Anticon Celebrates Tenth Birthday in NYC". XLR8R.
  2. ^ "Spotlight on: Becoming Weather by Chris Martin". Coffee House Press.
  3. ^ Gulliford, Tristan (September 26, 2007). "Sole Survivor: An Interview with Sole". Reality Sandwich.
  4. ^ Best, James (May 28, 2003). "Hip-Hop's Cadaver Capitalism". East Bay Express.
  5. ^ Best, James (September 3, 2003). "Black Like Me". East Bay Express.
  6. ^ Best, James (February 25, 2004). "You Failed Hip-Hop". East Bay Express.
  7. ^ Diver, Mike (January 12, 2005). "pedestrian Volume One: unIndian Songs". Drowned in Sound.
  8. ^ "Volume One: UnIndian Songs". Discogs.
  9. ^ "The Toss & Turn". Discogs.
  10. ^ D.X. Ferris (April 6, 2005). "Sole/Pedestrian". Cleveland Scene.
  11. ^ Lovell, Jarret. "Anticon Collective Declares "War on Self"". KUCI.
  12. ^ "Sole & Pedestrian – 'Arrest the President' – Live". Delarge.
  13. ^ Bora (June 21, 2005). "Anticon's 'War on Self Tour'". OPJESMOEL.
  14. ^ Best, Brandon (February 27, 2008). "Pedestrian Dissects N.W.A." XLR8R.
  15. ^ Spill (November 11, 2003). "The Pedestrian". Urban Smarts.

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