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Labor Days

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Nov. 24 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Defju
  • ASIN: B00005O4UY
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Labor
2. Daylight
3. Save Yourself
4. Flashflood
5. No Regrets
6. One Brick feat Illogic
7. Tugboat Complex Pt. 3
8. Coma
9. Battery
10. Boombox
11. Bent Life feat C-Rayz-Walz
12. The Yes and The Y'All
13. 9-5ers Anthem
14. Shovel

Product Description

With Labor Days, his first release on New York independent hip-hop label Def Jux, run by Company Flow's El-P, Aesop Rock exceeds the promise of his early limited edition albums (Music For Earthworms, Appleseed and Float), confirming himself as a modern day Gil Scott Heron. A hyper realist and as cynical as they come, but engaging with it, Aesop's gritty tales of street-life are a million blocks away from the cash-guns-girls glamour of his major label counter-parts. His rhymes dissect the mundane everyday slog, depicting a society long past caring, and too caught up in the daily grind to notice. Pouring his deepest thoughts over mournful backing tracks of down-tempo ghetto funk, cinematic grooves, sleazy jazz laments or eastern influenced orchestrals--and in the case of "Battery" all at once--Labor Days is a powerful concoction. Granted it's gloomy, but his dexterous flows and the social commentary delivered in his caustic couplets--see Coma's scathing attack on society's lethargy "If the revolution ain't gonna be televised, f*ck I'll probably miss it"--are imbued with a level of intellect that's refreshing to say the least. --Dan Gennoe

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
Wow, this music fan d*ck from birmingham or wherever is really starting to get to me... he doesn't seem to realise that the reason we like good intellectual hip hop like this is the same reason i suppose he reads good literature rather than mills and boons or danielle steele... when i listen to aesop throw down some brilliantly clever phat sounding line it makes me feel damn good and on op of that i get to listen to some awesome Blockhead beats... and really the break from the hoes and b*tches dominating mainstream hip-hop is more than welcome, hip-hop is a tool to let people know what our worlds about just like poetry or great novels. Bob Dylan did it with rock and Aesop Rock is doing it with hip-hop. it's amazing when you just listen to the music how inspiring it sounds and you realize that it's the music fan who sprouts lewis carolls real name and the most verbose sentences since english class that comes of as pretentious. but anyway give this one a spin... i'm sure you'll like it...
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Perhaps some of the greatest stuff ever to blow out of my speakers. This is really something from the beginning to the end. A spewing mantra of innovative ingenuity. The word wizardry of Aesop Rock is unparalleled compared to other mainstream rappers in the industry. His verbal acrobatics and metaphoric complexity will leave you in a trance with a short circuited mind.
I have never seen an artist alliterate and juxtapose with such fluency. "Daylight" starts the album off with one of the most catchy choruses on the album "All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day, put the pieces back together my way". Followed up by rapid fire lyrics that are going to leave you clutching your dictionary. Another highlight of the album would be "Flashflood", this one is going to have you wanting to blow your brains out after the initial listen do to the mind blowing lyricism. Illogics appearance in "One Brick" is a warmly welcomed deliverance of poetics over a beat as him and Aesop fade in and out over each other.
The deviance in this album has paved a road in Hip-Hop never experienced before. This I believe can be truly summed up as true original compilation of complex yet catchy beats with equally poetic toppings that will leave you gasping for air in its depth. Buy this album and support art. Enough said.
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Aesop Rock, although the most reluctant of all to admit this, is a true plain-clothes visionary. Blockhead's production on most of the tracks is brilliant. His signatures consisting mainly of organic-sounding samples of asian-instrumentation, bag pipes, floating female vocals, etc., nicely complements Aesop's complex web of metaphors. "Labor Days" is the kind of album you can listen to a hundred times, still love it, and still discover new meaning and insight on every one of its tracks. This is truly a masterpiece of modern hip-hop. It is yet another indication that Def Jux and it's artists are quickly taking the stagnant mainstream by storm. But don't let all the talk of complexity and dictionary rhymes intimidate you. Aesop Rock speaks with a voice and style that is well-rounded enough to where it will surely touch even those who never crack a book. His lyrics are deep and emotional withought being soft, funny and witty without being goofy, as well as being hard and self-confident without being flashy. Aesop, in many of his interviews, can be heard saying that he "doesn't like being called a genius" or "the thinking-man's rapper". Someone once said that "a true genius does not know it himself" and concerning Aesop Rock I find that to be completely true.
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To define to yourself what elite hiphop is, you have to take a step back. And think.
You say to yourself, maybe, there are two categories to rappers... those that the world sees and those that only get as far as their block; 2pac and Biggie, as compared to say, Rakim. Or you say, a great MC is one who reaches out for the goal as opposed to sitting for it... you sit and wonder of the likes of say, J-Live, Mos Def... all wonderful musicians with an individuality in them that practically defines what it is that it seeks. By this time the exercise starts to appear meaningless; definition almost infinte. So you say, that was good and walk the dog away. Maybe smoke a dubbie to relax, that was hard.
There is no MC then, you conclude, that can be the greatest MC. The true lyrical
Hear this puppy saying; we suggest the musician that does all this and still manages to push the boundaries further, complexing yet further, maybe, exploring what it is to be an artist for arts sake... pushing minds to these limits with them. Lucas, Tarantino...Schrodinger, Hendrix... Dre... Outkast, El-P, Aesop Rock. Now these were MC's. And boy oh boy, what a fraction. So in a sense you were right. There is no such thing as the greatest MC.
But there maybe such a thing as the greater MC...
And thats Bazooka tooth baby.
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By A Customer on Nov. 5 2003
Format: Audio CD
Aesop Rock's 'Float' introduced the rapper as one of the most proficient underground mcs. He had a novel approach to rapping - his unusual lyrical flows to slow melodious beats oozed with poignancy and gave off a fresh vibe, unlike anything heard before. Aesop used the opportunity to create a masterpiece of underground hip-hop, 'Labor Days', where he and producers Omega One and Blockead expand the themes they began to explore in 'Float'. The result sears with its abruptness, impresses with its lack of bad taste, and overwhelms lyrically. In addition, Aesop Rock's beats, most of which he produced himself, are never monotonous, always subtle and adding poignancy to the spoken lyrics. 'Beatbox' is a shiver-inducing masterpiece, and one of the album's highlights; a thoughtful track that showcases Aesop's ability to sustain a beat which emphasizes the lyrical impact. 'No Regrets' is Aesop at his pinnacle - a masterpiece of epic proportions, with a delicate mournful tune, and lyrics that are not only quotable, but could be almost defined as artful. Metaphorical, ingenious, 'No Regrets' observes its protagonists', Lucy's, life, and demonstrates the common societal inability to maintain a fulfilling existence. Lucy has a dream, "you gotta live it" Aesop says, and she does - the last verse, "Lucy blew a kiss to each one of her pictures and she died" will remain in the listener's consciousness; inevitably, the track will be played over and over again, its extraordinarily subliminal impact marveled at and discussed. Overall, Aesop Rock's "Labor Days" is an intelligent and thoroughly engrossing album, one that proclaims that hip-hop yet still has boundaries to explore. Deltron 3030, Ugly Duckling, People Under the Stairs, Slug, Murs, Stoupe from Jedi Mind Tricks - move over.
Ya'll are good, but make room for Aesop.
HIGHLIGHTS: 'Daylight', 'No Regrets', 'Boombox', 'Shovel'
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