|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
|Aesop Rock is an emcee who is so uniquely dope, he absolutely demands attention. His cadence, flow, voice, everything is just so undeniably no one else. And his lyrics are complex diary entries (or at least that honest) and stories. There's no reason why any hip-hop fan should dislike Aesop Rock, unless they feel they don't have the time to decipher the many layers of meaning in Aesop's lyrics. Production, supplied by Aesop Rock, Blockhead and one track by Omega (the phenomenal "Skip Town"), is of the same caliber as the vocals. Three of the best songs on Float happen to be the only three songs featuring other emcees: Slug on the all too short "I'll Be Ok" Cannibal Ox's Vastaire on the ironically-named "Attention Span" and Mush wunderkind Doseone on the experimental "Drawbridge" which even outdoes their previous collaboration, "Odessa." The guest emcees add different vocal styles to the album, which helps take your mind off Aesop's vocals long enough to appreciate them when they come back. This is one of the year's best albums that won't be fully appreciated for some time. - Exclaim!