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Labor Days

Aesop Rock Audio CD
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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

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars good July 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. I enjoyed this album thoroughly, the beats were strange and clever. I prefer it to Bazooka Tooth whole heartedly. If you want a mellow underground aesop cd to chill to, this is the album
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Hip hop should aspire to July 13 2004
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Lost Aesop verse found in Bible Code July 2 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Absurd long-words perform surgical intrusions,
Impeding the brain with cranial confusions,
Convoluted metaphors create pompous delusions,
Leaving cyberpseuds with paranoid illusions
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3.0 out of 5 stars i don't care what you say June 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. given he is a genius lyricists i'll give you that, there was just something about this album i wasn't feeling. it didn't give me the energy i wanted. to me, it felt like he had something to say, but he didn't get across to me anyways. many underground heads would like this, but honestly, and cheifly, i'm sick and tired of it. there comes a limit in this genre and i can't take too much of it. aesop rock is raw, rugged, and heavy, and maybe he's too heavy. his lyrics are dope, they are sick and tight. it's his flow that pisses me off. i see you smiling saying "but that's what makes him good" ok, fine, that may be the case, but it's not for me. sorry. i recommend you borrow this one before you buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent rap June 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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 his spacey beats are unlike anyone elses. Some people just dont understand him and his thoughts, but those who do can enjoy him and appreciate him as one hell of a rhymer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Album from Aesop Rock June 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 production.
This is his full-length debut on the Definitive Jux label.
A must have for an underground hiphop collection.
A hip-hop classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Expected April 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 good as "Daylight." I was mad wrong though. This CD is definitely now one of my favorites. The beats are calming and unlike any other rap I have heard. Aesop Rock did keep me into the CD with every song. Although I wish I could understand just what in the world this guy is talking about. A lot of it went right over my head. Get this CD if you know what Aesop Rock sounds like, because this his him at his finest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars way under ground April 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
one word: Amazing... this guy is unlike anything you have ever heard in your life.
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