|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 smarter than you. Not because he uses big words. Not because he offers an array of complex and abstract concepts. Not even because he knows what these words and concepts signify. It is because he does all of this, and he rhymes his ass off in the process. With his third album (first on an actual record label, Mush), Float, Aesop gigantically stomps on hip-hop, the echo from which can be heard for miles. Aesop Rock has achieved near classic status with Float and has definitely confirmed himself as one of the top lyricists ever. The album is amazingly comparable to Redman's Dare Iz a Darkside in the sense that it feels like one continuous song, but never once loses the listener's interest. In all honesty, it is a difficult ride, and Aesop's style is not for all heads. But, if you possess the stamina to endure the trip, the rewards are great. Aesop will teach you, amuse you, and baffle you. Hopefully, his ability to cover all angles and display versatility will set a trend for future emcee's to follow. - Rebirth