|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
|First off (his rocker), Aesop is on some weird shit. "I'm Bilbo Baggins with stilts tipping the Petri dish / Beats fish on the shores with a feast of wits / Eats the corpse." On "Commencement at the Obedience Academy," he flows his lyrics over funk guitar and Blade Runner era Vangelis. At times, Float moves like a tape book written for reading minds in panicked crowds. On "Attention Span," Cannibal Ox's Vastaire lends a foot in your ass: "If the mic had ass cheeks / The sticker in my hand would say Priority Seating." "Basic Cable" is reminiscent of a Christian camp song about blowing up one's TV, like something out of sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison's The Glass Teat, with Aesop pronouncing: "I want to see the five day forecast fourteen days in advance / So I can give my two weeks notice every time the sun dance." On "Fascination" he quotes poodle rockers Poison's Every Rose Has Its Thorns: "If I had an anchor I would lay it in the dirt / And mark the day the earth stood still / While I complete my search." - The Wire