|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
|In the CD's inlay, Aesop Rock has written three sentences of explanation and elaboration for each of the twenty superb tracks. I can sum it all up with one word: phenomenal! In the same way that not everyone who can bash a nail into a piece of wood can claim to be a carpenter, not everyone who can string a couple of rhyming lines together deserves the title emcee. So, when Aesop doesn't use the same phrasing pattern for each verse let a lone track to structure a barrage of easily accessible symbolism, he not only succeeds to show that he is one of, if not the, greatest lyricists in hip-hop today - but as Float is full of intricate, cryptic allusion to all his other work, such forays into the potential sub-genre of hip-hop hypertext prove him to be nothing less than a meticulous craftsman. - UK Hip-Hop