|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 spite of making the dejected disclosure "that city-scape makes me numb," Ian Bavitz opens this album vowing that he must "float, while everyone around me's busy drowning." Subsequently, like a latter-day James Joyce and his Dubliners collection of short stories, no notion of spiritual captivity nor psychological paralysis can prevent him from utilizing his fantasies of breaking free of New York's gravitational pull in order to put his head above the parapet and emerge brandishing this phenomenal epic of unsurpassed rap lyricism. Given his undeniable talent for the effortless conjuring of reams of instantly accessible symbolism woven into an intriguing and seemingly endless b-boy tapestry, it's safe to conclude that he has been successful in his quest to "reap the harvest in a city of garbage." So, unless he plans to release another album next month, I cannot foresee a masterpiece more deserving of the title "Album of the year." - Hip-Hop Connection