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Album Review

A hip-hop concept album with a rather broad concept: the main thread seems to be that the song titles all begin with "The" ("The March," "The Vision," "The Hunt," etc.). If A Book of Human Language's 20 tracks drag somewhat at times — and are weighed down by a bit too much THC-induced profundity — this is easily forgiven, since it is a relief to hear a rapper rap about something other than his own greatness. Aceyalone wins major points for even trying to tackle weighty topics like life, death, time, and language. The production is organic and rich, but just ragged enough to sound honest. Add in a spoken word excerpt from "Jabberwocky," exceedingly deft rhyming, and a hip-hop answer to Pink Floyd's "Time" ("The Grandfather Clock"), and you have a quite ambitious and pleasing package.

Customer Reviews

Aceyalone's Magnum Opus

A Book of Human Language is quite simply one of the greatest hip hop albums ever made. I tend to compare it to Nas' Illmatic, in that like Nas, Aceyalone was a total unknown who came out of nowhere to make an album that will remain one of the most powerful masterpieces ever to emerge from the genre of hip hop. His wordplay is simply stunning, and moreso than anything else he has ever done, he makes it look totally effortless. Mumbles' production is the other element that makes this album what it is, and I'm still confused, though perhaps a little relieved, about his lack of follow up work. This is one of those albums where it happens to be the case that words can simply not do it justice. It is a unified and thematically sound collection that comes across as Aceyalone's most honest and candid work, which he has yet to match. It's simply magical, and it will leave you absolutely in awe.

Amazing Hip-Hop

This is probably my favortie Hip-Hop CD of all time and I'm ecstatic (but not surprised) that iTunes now offers this very hard to find album. Just so you have an idea of where I'm coming from, my last purchase from iTunes was a release from a band called Outbreak, a Hardcore (or "Post-Harcore, whatever) band. Before that, I was really listening to a lot of Death Metal, like Carcass, Dissection, Ed Gein... Anyway, I guess what I mean to say is that I'm not your traditional "Hip-Hop fan", I am, however a fan of thought-provoking, quality music, whatever the genre, and if you are too, click that little button up there that says "Buy Album", and enjoy. Happy listening, fellow music-lover...

Work of Art

Beautiful concept album and work of art. I don't see him ever topping this album, unless he does another book/album with Mumbles.


Born: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A founding member of Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone played an important role in the evolution of left-field hip-hop on the West Coast during an era when hardcore gangsta rap reigned. Following the dissolution of Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone embarked on a solo career that never resulted in enormous success but did allow him to maintain his revered status within the West Coast underground hip-hop scene. He debuted solo on All Balls Don't Bounce (1995) and followed-up with A Book of Human Language...
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