|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
|So what happens when you get a combination of distinctive rhyme structure and a knack for creative beatwork? Well, something like Aesop Rock. Something that is rarely uninspiring. The songs are free form in style, probably the best way to present the complicated and intricate thoughts of the lyrics. This is an album that requires a listener to think. Both the rhymes and the music defy convention or simplistic references. There is no way to avoid the intellectual assault, which of course limits the mainstream appeal. On the other hand, anyone who is dumb enough to think that rap music is for idiots would be quickly turned around by this disc. Poetry has rarely sounded this good. - Aiding & Abetting