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