Handsome Boy Modeling School is a hip-hop collaboration between Dan the Automator and Prince Paul, producer of influential rap trio De La Soul.
Handsome Boy Modeling School is a conceptual hip-hop duo that parodied and acted as a commentary on vain, crass, materialistic, and self-absorbed members of upper class society, such as supermodels and people from old money. The pair often satirized upper class snobbery and perceived beauty.
In 1999, they released the concept album So... How's Your Girl?, which was loosely based on an episode of the Chris Elliott sitcom Get a Life entitled "The Prettiest Week of My Life." The episode also contains the origin of the name Handsome Boy Modeling School, where Chris Elliott's character enrolls to become a male model. In the album, Dan and Paul assume the characters of Nathaniel Merriweather and Chest Rockwell, respectively. A number of guest musicians appear, including Del tha Funkee Homosapien, J-Live, Sean Lennon, Miho Hatori (of Cibo Matto), Mike DBeastie Boys) and Don Novello (as comic character Father Guido Sarducci). (of the
Their second album, White People was released in November 2004. Some collaborators from the first album return, and new collaborators include RZA, Cat Power, Casual, Alex Kapranos, Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Jack Johnson, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Mike Patton, Pharrell Williams, John Oates, Chino Moreno, Lord Finesse, Black Sheep, and comedy actor Tim Meadows.
- "Intro" (feat. Father Guido Sarducci) – 1:08
- "If It Wasn't For You" (feat. De La Soul & Starchild Excalibur) – 4:37
- "Are You Down With It" (feat. Mike Patton) – 3:34
- "The World's Gone Mad" (feat. Barrington Levy, Del tha Funkee Homosapien & Alex Kapranos) – 5:24
- "Dating Game" (feat. Hines Buchanan, Neelam, & Tim Meadows) – 3:08
- "Breakdown" (feat. Jack Johnson) – 4:09
- "It's Like That" (feat. Casual) / I Am Complete (feat. Tim Meadows) – 4:50
- "I've Been Thinking" (feat. Cat Power) – 5:24
- "Rock And Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This) Part 2" (feat. DJ Q-bert, Grand Wizard Theodore, Jazzy Jay, Lord Finesse, Mike Shinoda, Rahzel & Chester Bennington) / Knockers (feat. Tim Meadows) – 7:16
- "The Hours" (feat. Chino Moreno, El-P and Cage.) – 4:28
- "Class System" (feat. Julee Cruise & Pharrell Williams) – 4:30
- "First... And Then" (feat. Dres of Black Sheep) – 4:19
- "A Day In The Life" (feat. Cedric Bixler-Zavala, RZA , A.G.) / Good Hygiene (feat. Tim Meadows) – 5:36
- "Greatest Mistake" (feat. Jamie Cullum & John Oates) – 4:19
- "Dating Game Part 2" (feat. Hines Buchanan , Neelam , RZA , Tim Meadows) – 0:36
- "Outro" (feat. Father Guido Sarducci) – 5:26