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Labor Days Import

4.6 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 14 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Defju
  • ASIN: B00005O4UY
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews
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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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Format: Audio CD
I highly recommend you check this cd out, even if you don't like hip hop, it has something for everyone. I myself am not hugely invested in the state of hip-hop. Sure, i have Cannibal Ox (Cold Vein)and loved it, but I have no big love for hip hop. Aesop Rock has turned my head and blown my mind. He says more astoundingly intelligent things per minute then you can keep up with. Aesop Rock's flow is brilliant, a combination of mindbending wordplay: in-rhymed poetics on Daylight ("You won't be laughing when the buzzards drag your brother's flags to rags", or ("Life's not a b**ch it's a beatiful women").The beats are straight-foward and hit hard. Blockhead's versatility is clear in the contrast of the melodic "Daylight" and the unique drag of "Save Yourself." The fisrt 9 cuts (labor to battery)i thought this was going to be a five star album, but he seems to be wearing thin on "boombox" and "bent life". He kicks back again on "The Yes and the Y'all" and "9 5ers anthem" and then ends the album with one of the weaker tracks "shovel". Now, weaker for Aseop is still really good. With intelligent, rapid fire flow, Aesop Rock brings more thought provoking lyrics to not only the bulk of hip-hop, but the bulk of any genre.
stand out tracks: Daylight, save yourself, 9 5ers anthem and the real stand out: no regrets.
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Aesop Rock's new album "Labor Days" is a other reason why Def Jux is to me the best label out there. "Labor Days" is banging from start to finish. Aesop comes with his complex dope style like always, but this time has a Def Jux feel to it. This is Aesop's 4th album, and 2nd I have (Float) was the first. "Labor Days" is produced by Blockhead, Omega(Coma) and Aesop himself. I was a little dissapointed that El-P did not come with a track, but like I said "Labor Days" has that Def Jux (Can Ox) feel to it. Plus El-P working on his solo project due sometime in winter(can't wait for that one). Anyway go cop this Aesop Rock if your looking for some real hip hop and if you liked that Cannibal Ox album you will like this. This whole album(14 tracks) is dope to me. Some bangers on the album include "labor Days", "Daylight", "Save Yourself", "No Regrets", "Coma", "Boombox", "The Yes And The Yall", "9-5ers anthem". Aesop is not simple like for ex. Ja Rule so you have to listen to "Labor Days" more then once to really analyze what Aesop is saying because he is so complex. This is independent hip hop at it's best so check it out. Definitive Jux(Def Jux) is making an major impact on this hip hop industry, and does not show they will let up, but only building stronger like an ox.
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Format: Audio CD
Only a couple of things to add -
Yes, this album is genius. No, I do not like most artists that are generally lumped together with Aesop Rock. I respect the dissonance and the effort to push the boundaries, but I simply do not enjoy listening to a lot of stuff on the Def Jux or Anticon labels.
That being said, A. Rock is for real. His lyrics are immense. At first, I thought he was merely manipulating the sounds of words while betraying substance and content. After repeated listening, I have to admit that, at least mostly, his collage of meanings and images are legit, logical, and eminently meaningful.
As for the reviewer who speculating concerning Rock's battling skills, those of us in NYC who have been lucky enough to catch him, know he is one of the best. Period.
Less dissonant than Bazooka, more rhythmic and groove-beated than Float. Explore with confidence.
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I highly recommend you check this cd out, even if you don't like hip hop, it has something for everyone. I myself am not hugely invested in the state of hip-hop. Sure, i have Cannibal Ox (Cold Vein)and loved it, but I have no big love for hip hop. Aesop Rock has turned my head and blown my mind. He says more astoundingly intelligent things per minute then you can keep up with. Aesop Rock's flow is brilliant, a combination of mindbending wordplay: in-rhymed poetics on Daylight ("You won't be laughing when the buzzards drag your brother's flags to rags", or ("Life's not a b**ch it's a beatiful women"). With intelligent, rapid fire flow, Aesop Rock brings more thought provoking lyrics to not only the bulk of hip-hop, but the bulk of any genre.
stand out tracks: Daylight, save yourself, 9 5ers anthem and the real stand out: no regrets.
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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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