|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
|With an angryish, gravelly, machine gun delivery, Aesop spits his line in the sand through twenty tracks that establish him as hip-hop visionary, whatever the attitude. Underground whiz kids Slug and Doseone drop in with spirited cameos, but this is Aesop's thing and he establishes a mood which is either empowering or damning, depending on which side of his finger you're on. Giving Float even more levity is the production work by Aesop and Blockhead. It's darkness on the edge and throughout town as Aesop sees it, and best to get while the getting is good. - Velocity