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Labor Days Import
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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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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.
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.
Ya'll are good, but make room for Aesop.
HIGHLIGHTS: 'Daylight', 'No Regrets', 'Boombox', 'Shovel'
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You can tell he didnt have much a budget, but who cares. Its the beginning stuff thats usually the best and you get to hear what got them noticed. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by N. Barbour
Pretentious, moi?... any "genre" that uses "intelligent" in its title is far more pretentious than a Lewis Carroll-referencing poseur could ever be. Read morePublished on July 13 2004
Absurd long-words perform surgical intrusions,
Impeding the brain with cranial confusions,
Convoluted metaphors create pompous delusions,
Leaving cyberpseuds with... Read more
I have been posting this critique of "intelligent" hip hop on a number of Amazon review pages in an effort to force some kind of intelligent response from the cyberpseud... Read morePublished on July 2 2004
okay, i can sense the people flying with responses bitching me out, but sorry, i don't like this album. it's not crap, but it's pretty close. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by deus ex mecca
Cameras or guns, one of y'all gonnna shoot me to death... - Aesop Rock.
Ace Rock is one of the most conscious emcees out there rite now, his lyrics are amazingingly real and... Read more
Another great album from the creative genius - abstract lyric writer and beat maker Aesop.
As with all of his releases, Aesop does about 80%-90% of his own beatmaking and... Read more
OK, I had not listened to an entire Aesop Rock album when I decided to listen to this, and was skeptical that with his unusual style Aesop Rock could make a whole album that was as... Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Eniw Trop
one word: Amazing... this guy is unlike anything you have ever heard in your life.Published on April 8 2004