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The Pranksters

Born and raised in New Jersey, rapper "foster," founded the musical collective "foster & the pranksters" in 2016; along with guitarist, Mike C. a.k.a. The Irate Genius. Mike went on to recruit longtime friend, Steve Padelski on bass and the three began a long, open audition process for drummers, eventually crossing paths with Chris Stadler in 2018.

Influenced by hip-hop heavyweights such as Kanye West and The Roots, as well as rock icons like The Strokes, Jimi Hendrix and The White Stripes; foster & the pranksters combine elements of rap, garage rock, funk, blues & soul to create a sound that feels familiar and completely original, all at once.

 

You're either on the bus or you're off the bus.

 

PRESS

Foster & The Pranksters remind us, in attitude at least, of the ethic of artists like The Band, ones who in the face of the current zeitgeist deliberately subverted expectation and delivered something far older and less fashionable, wonderfully out of step with the current trend and just waited for others to catch up. The Band did it in the face of encroaching hippiedom and hard rock. Foster and The Pranksters do it against a backdrop of landfill indie, disposable pop and bedroom rap mumblers. Why follow fashion when you can start your own, wholly new, indie-roots movement?
— AnR Factory
Foster & The Pranksters...blending blues and hip-hop, deliver a hard-hitting track to the tune of ‘Think Me A Fool.’ The single is catchy, raw and seamlessly mixes two genres in a way that feels fresh
— Olivia Sisinni, The Deli Magazine
Foster & The Pranksters is a band with some know-how, as in they know how to pluck the best features of their favourite genres and develop a sound all their own.
— Donna Claire, EARMILK