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Album Review

As if underground rap fans weren't eager enough to hear the first new material (except for a few scattered features) from Aesop Rock in a year and a half, Definitive Jux added to the seven-track program a deluxe 88-page book including the complete lyrics to all of Aesop Rock's three LPs and two EPs to date. The music alone nearly justifies the cost, improving on the dense atmosphere pervading Aesop's mostly self-produced Bazooka Tooth, and returning ace producer Blockhead to his prime role in the control chair. His grinding garbage-can beats and flair for old-school funk on the first two tracks, "Fast Cars" and "Number Nine," provide the necessary balance for the murky surrealism of Aesop Rock's lyrics. Aesop himself is back near the top of his admittedly obtuse talents, organizing a morass of pop-culture quotes and current-events terms into a poetic whole, and occasionally even managing to shine a light on his back story and motivations ("Grew up with a Jughead crown tilt and tardy slip," "I put a beetle on his back and take notes"). But if the lavish booklet doesn't give pause to download pirates, the new tracks won't either.

Customer Reviews

Best EP ever?

The argument could be made, probably by smarter men than me who aren't typing with 1-ton eyelids, but in my experience with purchasing LP pre-cursors, this most definitely ranks numero uno on my list. Each track features an amazing and unique beat, but doesn't sacrifice accessibility, as even new-comers to the Aes will find their heads nodding rhythmically in agreement. His lyrics are as valuable as ever, and finds a way to tackle deep issues in a clear but imaginitive way; never has he walked the fine line between abstract metaphor and blunt statement so well. I personally love his take on Catholicism, and religion in general, as he does his best to explain that he's really not an a-hole, "just a little confused." Despite this album not being an official LP, it does a fine job masquerading as one, with 7 excellent and exclusive offerings--you won't find these tracks anywhere else. As other reviewers have pointed out, however, if you do decide to get this album, make sure to do it right. Buy the CD, get the book, and consider yourself priveliged to read the long river of words that has flowed from one of hip-hop's greatest minds.

great songs. bad idea

putting this cd on iTunes wasnt a very good idea. i mean, you should get it, if your not interested in the book. (its just a lyric book.) the least iTunes could do is put the lyrics in the lyrics section of the song. Then it would be the same. But the songs are still great

Best Aesop EP

great album from aesop as usual, best ep from aesop imo, better than daylight ep

Biography

Born: May 11, 1976 in Long Island, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Building on the rapping style of eccentrics Kool Keith and Del the Funky Homosapien, Def Jux headliner Aesop Rock became one of the hottest MCs in the post-millennial underground. After a pair of self-released LPs (Appleseed, Music for Earthworms), he recorded Float for Mush in 2000. The former Ian Bavitz then issued a pair of singles -- "Coma" and "Boom Box" -- for another underground rap label paragon, Definitive Jux. His second full-length, 2001's Labor Days, earned positive reviews and featured...
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