|MH-202 Aesop Rock - Float
"So I heard you all want to float" bellows Aesop Rock, causing the flood gates to burst. Aesop Rock's first full-length effort, Float, contains twenty tracks of Avenue A hip-hop deluge and exemplifies the classic explosiveness of the sub-terra MC. It is the sound of a new New York underground speaking in full. With pinpoint production handled by Aesop and his main man, Blockhead, Float roars and rushes to the forefront. The release features guest appearances by Vastaire of Cannibal Ox, Slug of Atmosphere, and Doseone of Anticon. Dense in meaning and gorgeous in sound, Aesop holds nothing back, creating a work destined to become a landmark. Float is one of the year's most anticipated underground hip-hop releases and one that delivers on each and every line.
|Hip-hop as gritty and complex as the alphabet city streets he hails from - CMJ / Will hypnotize you - XLR8R / Damn-near-genius wordplay - AP / An MC who is so uniquely dope, he absolutely demands attention - Exclaim! / Awe-inspiring - Mixer / Makes most current hip-hop sound downright infantile – Resonance
|New York emcee Aesop Rock doesn't want to rock the party; he wants to blow your mind. While most underground rappers tell us how skilled they are over no-frills tracks, Aesop is positively baroque, rapping like Eminem channeling Dennis Miller after ODing on The Matrix. His elliptical, damn-near-genius wordplay and synapse-fraying references dive headfirst into familiar modern-culture-overload like late-great indie-hip-hoppers Basehead colliding with Radiohead. But like Encore, Rock's coffeehouse scribbles can overwhelm his flow. But even then, it just adds fuel to the fire: "I spent all night with a rusty hammer trying to build a fence around these magic beans my dreams had gathered," he raps on "Big Bang." Aesop turns from what any other emcee would be self-indulgent lyrical doodling (see Paul Barman) into an album that "rocks like Medusa glances." Bonus points for cameos by Midwest upstart Slug and for being able to pull of lines like, "As long as I know right from wrong I'll sing my song," then reference Dick Nixon and sample the Blade Runner soundtrack. Shine on, you crazy diamond. - Alternative Press