Q-Tip, Mos Def, and MF DOOM are on Feighan’s dream list of collaborators, so his collaboration with the similarly-minded Oakland MC Jay Stone was a natural fit. Stone’s words are full of stoner affability, writerly observations (note the character at the end of “Permeate” who “ate a Bible and now he thinks he’s Jesus”), and the dark visages of characters lingering in the background of his verses. It’s not a stretch to imagine a Monster Rally LP among the items listed in “No Cilantro”: an assortment of Isley Brothers records, a freshly rolled blunt, a chilled Capri Sun, and tacos without the titular garnish. The beat—one of the most stirring combinations of the lush sonics and head-nodding drums for which Monster Rally has become known—features a prominent sample of the intro to Nancy Sinatra’s “You Only Live Twice.”
The beats on Foreign Pedestrians skirt along the margins of funk and boom bap, and Stone hits the heavy drums with the enthusiasm and tact of a fighter attacking a speed bag. “Pearly,” a standout from Monster Rally EP, makes an appearance here as the backing track to “Mr. F.T.S.,” with lyrical imagery that involves strangling Keebler Elves and decrying “pretentious motherfuckers [who] try to figure the meaning.” “Cognac” is a leisurely sex romp featuring liberal amount of Cap’n Crunch. Feighan calls the odyssey “Parthenogenesis” one of his favorite songs, and Stone’s pitch-shifted vocals speak of crashing pirate ships, and his melanin making him look like he’s made of gold.
The B-side of this 12” contains the instrumentals for each song which, in a way makes Stone’s guest-starring turn in the Monster Rally universe all the more special—a secret garden in the middle of a scenic island.