The Impossible Kid @aesoprockwins #HIPHOP

It should be no surprise that I'm a fan of Aesop Rock.  He's the type of hip hop artist that can rap about drawing or painting and I buy it.  Sometimes artists try really hard to be the creative outcast, but most times, they aren't successful (not Aesop Rock).  Since None Shall Pass, Aesop Rock released Skelethon, a few collaboration projects including Lice with Homeboy Sandman and now The Impossible Kid.  The visual artists that created the album art for the last three projects were Jeremy Fish (None Shall Pass and Lice), Aryz (Skelethon) and now Alex Pardee (The Impossible Kid).  Album art says a lot about a project and I follow the work of all three of these artists.

The Impossible Kid was produced by Aesop Rock who has been developing his signature producing skills since I first realized he produced a significant number of his tracks back on the Felt 3 project with Slug and Murs.  Def Jux days had Aesop Rock rapping over El-P and Blockhead beats here and there, but if you've heard those projects, the vibes can be dark, sometimes melancholy and also heavy hitters.  The Impossible Kid isn't as melancholy or dark, but there is still a undercurrent of eerie sounds that make it a continuation of Aesop Rock's overall body of work while reaching into new directions.

Speaking of Aesop Rock's production credits, there is another project that was just released with Blueprint called Vigilante Genesis.  Make sure to check it out as well via the link below.   Vigilante Genesis EP on BandCamp  

 

Ronin

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Preparing For Capture by @blockheadnyc and Illogic

Preparing For Capture, Blockhead and Illogic , 6.5.2012

First of all, let me start off by saying that it's a damn shame that I've slept on Illogic until recently.  I'm fans of a lot of his associates, but I'm just catching wind of his flow now.  Preparing For Capture is a collabo album by Blockhead, who I follow and Illogic, a Ohio rapper that does a lot of work with Blueprint, Soul Position, Vast Aire, Rhymesayers and older Aesop Rock albums, among others.  This album has confirmed my newly realized respect for this mc/artist and now I'll be searching back in time to catch other projects he's released or been on.  His style reminds me of Pharoahe Monch, but he sticks to the rhythm more than Monch.  The combination of Illogic's word play, beat play and the dark moody sounds of Blockhead make for an EP that you should pay attention to.  This music is free if you can't afford it, but offers you the opportunity to pay because you appreciate the music.  To me, that's enough reason to find a way to pay for creativity that makes life better.

Download Preparing For Capture here.

If you're anything like me, I appreciate music that still allows itself to be what it needs to.  The only thing that "sells" are club anthems that Danny Brown mock with "Radio Song", where the point of the song genuinely mocks itself to make a point.  If you're anything like me, you may like music that you can play for different moods that fit your life at that point because life isn't always a party.  Preparing For Capture is one of these albums that fly under the radar, but I believe have more substance and creativity than the re-run songs on the radio or video.

 

 

Ronin

Labor Days @aesoprockwins

Labor Days, Aesop Rock, 2001

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From a long forgotten time in hip hop, this album remains one of my favorite dark hip hop albums. Let me guess....its spring and people want to hear fresh, new music. Right? Well, there's plenty of time for that. Labor Days is the album that is home to the single, Coma, which I featured on a time lapse video project called Wait Your Turn.

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As always, I mix in album reviews of older albums to vary the blog content and to also pay respect to the music that #inspires me on a daily basis. As I said before, Labor Days is one of my favorite dark albums. A lot of my artwork is dark/abstract and albums like this help break the mold. Aesop Rock has a book heavy style that is as unquestionably unique as the quality of his voice is. From the words he chooses to the images he creates, Aesop Rock really creates a dark comic book-like experience that ranks up with other classics like Liquid Swords, The Sun Rises in the East, Nocturnal or Deltron 3030

If you're familiar with Jeremy Fish, you may have seen the album artwork for Aesop Rock's previous solo album, None Shall Pass. Art connected to hip hop is obviously of interest to me and the friendship of Aesop Rock and Jeremy Fish makes too much sense. As a side note, Aesop Rock recently released a single (Zero Dark Thirty) from his upcoming album, Skelethon. Check out the YouTube page to download the single.

 

 

Ronin