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  




The Cold Vein, Cannibal Ox

The Cold Vein, Cannibal Ox, 2001

Rewind to 2005 and I'm checking out this week long festival in Barcelona called La Merce. I went to a series of shows at The Forum outside the Barrio Gottico and I was excited because Saul Williams was set to perform. There were something like 6 shows going on at the same time. I never heard of Cannibal Ox before this show, but I scribbled the thought on my mental post-its to check them out later.

To me, if music reminds you of a specific point in your life, it's usually for a good reason. When I saw them in the show, I honestly left because the sound system was so messed up that all I could hear was treble. Now realizing now the offense that the soundmen committed, I know that you will have lot of better introduction to Cannibal Ox over the internet then I did in person.  Or if you have already heard this album, just consider this an opportunity to listen to them again.  RJD2's remix of The F Word is probably the best intro you can have though.

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Music that makes me think or escorts me into a different world is the music that I fill my days with. Not all of my music is dark, but there are plenty of dark albums in my library. The Cold Vein is the only fully digested album I heard from Cannibal Ox, but it's a classic. I always wanted to see more work from them, but it never happened. The Cold Vein is a comic book-like dark collection of Def Jux tracks released in 2001. If you don't know El-P, this album shows his talent as a producer while Vast Aire and Vordul Mega hold their own lyrically.

The Cold Vein was the first album released on El-P's newly formed Def(initive) Jux record label whose members include Del The Funkee Homosapien, Aesop Rock Cage, Rob Sonic and El-P among others.

The Cold Vein is another example how record sales can sometimes only show how many people are compelled by hype toward mediocre albums with a few solid singles. Without a doubt, this album is one of the best albums from 2000 to 2010. Albums like The Cold Vein are the reason that I began writing about hip hop in the first place. Regardless of how you listen to music (mp3, cd, tape, etc), it's always nice to have an outlet that would rather say nothing than use filler get's hits up.

Top Tracks

Iron Galaxy, Ox Out the Cage, Atom, A B-Boys Alpha, Raspberry Fields, Vein, The F-Word, Stress Rap, Real Earth, Ridiculoid, Painkillers, Pigeon and Scream Phoenix.

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