|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
|New York avant-emcee Aesop Rock creates hip-hop as gritty and complex as the Alphabet City streets he hails from. A push-pull juxtaposition of quixotically sampled beats and staccato rhyme cadences provides the manna for Float - the artist's full-length debut. Elements of chamber music, roots rock, blues-harp boogie, downtown art jazz and Klezmer elevate Aesop's black-box-theater verse-spitting to a level of rhyme caught in a state of purgatory between absurdist slam poetry and deep-thought battle toasting. Fellow sub-underground figures featured on Float include Vastaire of the third-eye roughneck duo Cannibal Ox, Atmosphere's Slug, and Midwestern verb master Doseone. If you're looking for a companion piece to a set consisting of Company Flow, Anti-Pop Consortium and the Anticon space-rap crew, Aesop Rock has got some abstract fables to spare. - CMJ