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Aesop Rock & Blockhead Announce Collaborative Album “Garbology”, Share First Video “Jazz Hands”

Aesop Rock and longtime musical ally Blockhead have announced the upcoming release of the collaborative album Garbology via Rhymesayers Entertainment on November 12. Though the pair’s collaborative relationship stretches all the way back to when they were first starting out in the late 90’s, including Blockhead producing two of the most popular songs of Aesop’s back catalog (“Daylight” and “None Shall Pass”) as well as several features across each other’s releases, Garbology marks their first full length release together. The pair have shared an early taste with album track “Jazz Hands,” a stunning stream of consciousness musical and lyrical sprint bolstered by an accompanying music video by Rob Shaw.

Garbology came together in the midst of Aesop processing the loss of a close friend in January of 2020, which resulted in a creative lull. “The world got really weird during those months,” recalls Aesop. “I knew at some point I had to get back to making something. Make a beat. Draw a picture. Write. Just go. But the idea of making a beat felt like math homework, and drawing is just so hard. Writing is hard too, but at some point I had to pick one.” Having ultimately decided on writing as the path forward, Aesop hit up Blockhead for beats. Initially, there wasn’t any particular plan beyond creating some songs, but as the songs kept piling up it wasn’t long before an album was born.

Garbology musically encapsulates our current moment; a snapshot of Aes and Block entertaining themselves in an era where social interactions are limited, all while “anchored on a goulash of cabin fever, fear, anger and boredom”, as Aesop describes it. As for the title, he explains that “Garbology is defined as the study of the material discarded by a society to learn what it reveals about social or cultural patterns. I find a lot of parallels between that and the idea of picking up the pieces after a loss or period of intense unrest, and seeing what’s really there. It’s information that speaks to who I am, who we are, and how we move forward. Furthermore – the idea of digging through old, often neglected music from another time with an ear tuned for taking in that data in a different way than your average listener would is exactly what Block does. Go through the information and see what you find.”

In the spirit of the album’s theme, the vinyl has been pressed as an “eco-mix”, a 100% recycled compound comprised of trimmed flash and left overs from other color vinyl pressings which cannot otherwise be reused, resulting in every copy of the LP having its own unique appearance while significantly reducing the environmental impact of the pressing process.

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Atmosphere Release “Barcade” Video Feat. MF Doom & Aesop Rock Off New Album “WORD?”

Slug and Ant (Atmosphere) joined forces with Aesop Rock and gone-too-soon icon MF DOOM for “Barcade”, a track that expands upon the inimitable creative chemistry the trio shared 20 years ago on “Put Your Quarter Up“, the last time all three were together on one song. The song serves as a fitting tribute for their fallen friend and a closing chapter for their collaboration.

Building anticipation for its arrival with a series of immersive and critically acclaimed maxi-singles, underground hip-hop titans Atmosphere proudly present their new album WORD?” today via Rhymesayers Entertainment. Read our review we also did today!

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Homeboy Sandman & Aesop Rock – “anjelitu” (EP Review)

Homeboy Sandman is a 40 year old MC from Queens, New York who came to my attention when he dropped his 4th album albeit his Stones Throw Records debut 1st of a Living Breed almost 9 years ago at this point. The dude would go on to drop 3 more full-lengths & 7 EPs with them before jumping ship to Mello Music Group in 2019. His first album on the label Dusty was alright, but the Quelle Chris-produced Don’t Feed the Monster. that came out last October was much better. But after forming the duo Lice with local wordsmith Aesop Rock & dropping 3 EPs together, we’re actually getting a change of pace as Sandman’s letting Aes produced his 8th EP from front to back.

“Go Hard” is a charismatic opener about being in beast mode with some guitar licks whereas “West Coast” is a g-funk banger with references to “Hail Mary” & “Hand on the Pump”. Meanwhile on “F.Y.I. (For Your Information)”, we go into a bit of a rock direction for Sandman to talk about how he’s still dope after a decade just before continuing to bust into a more speedier flow on “Cow’s Milk” & the beat on here is kin to 70’s exploitation films. The penultimate track “No Beef” is a powerful vegetarianism anthem & the closer “Lice, Lice Baby” works in a piano instrumental possibly preluding Lice 4.

I think Anjelitu has to be my favorite project that Sandman has dropped under MMG so far, although I do enjoy the vulnerability of Don’t Feed the Monster. It’s really interesting to hear him put his own spin on the whole yin/yang concept in Ancient Chinese philosophy & it just goes to show that we don’t talk about Aes’ production skills as much as his massive vocabulary.

Score: 8/10

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Aesop Rock Reissues Out-of-Print 1999 EP “Appleseed”

Underground hip hop polymath Aesop Rock has announced an official reissue of his highly sought after and long out-of-print 1999 EP Appleseed, available now on all digital platforms as well as on vinyl for the first time ever via Rhymesayers Entertainment. Appleseed was a staggering introduction to Aesop’s singular talent for dense and cerebral wordplay, rendering an indelible influence on the next wave of underground rap as word of its brilliance travelled quickly through that scene. As influential as the layered lyricism was the album’s melodic and melancholic production, with six out of the eight songs produced by Aesop himself, Omega One helming “Sick Friend,” and Blockhead showing up for “1000 Deaths,” which worked out to be just the first in a long line of fruitful collaborations between the two.

The story of Appleseed is also the story of a burgeoning independent hip hop scene that began to flourish in the wake of technological innovations of the era, including quality affordable home recording equipment and the rising availability of CD-R drives, which gave artists the freedom to write, record, and manufacture albums outside of the constraints of a label system. “The first Appleseed CD’s were CD-R’s I duped at home and sold from my backpack at an MF DOOM show at Brownies, which was right below my apartment at the time,” recalls Aesop. “I continued to sell hand-to-hand in NY, while Blockhead started fielding some mail orders from a young internet. People would send us cash or a check, and he’d cut the covers out and mail them off.“

The two of them were able to move a couple thousand CDs before turning their attention to newer projects. Appleseed went out of print for many years, with the exception of occasional CD represses surfacing as a merch item on tour. Rhymesayers are excited to introduce the album to a new generation of listeners, finally on streaming and vinyl for the first time ever. Pre-order vinyl and exclusive merch on AesopRock.com.

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Aesop Rock – “Jumping Coffin” (Video)

Aesop Rock has just shared another installment in the visual saga surrounding last year’s masterstroke album Spirit World Field Guide (via Rhymesayers Entertainment). “Jumping Coffin” deviates from the episodic narrative established in the previous videos (“The Gates,” “Pizza Alley,” and “Coveralls”). Like the previous installments, the visual was directed by Aesop’s longtime collaborator Rob Shaw, who rotoscoped animation on top of action footage of renowned professional skaters Emile Laurent, Enzo Kurmaskie, Anthony Del Togno Armanasco, and Silas Baxter-Neal, yielding hallucinatory images of skeletons shredding with reckless abandon.

The video is a marked and notable departure from Aesop’s previous release, the bespoke single “Long Legged Larry,” an ode to a particularly heroic and altruistic frog created in partnership with illustrator Jeremy Fish. Watch here.

STREAM / DOWNLOAD SPIRIT WORLD FIELD GUIDE
https://rse.lnk.to/SpiritWorldFieldGuide

PURCHASE PHYSICAL ALBUMS AND EXCLUSIVE MERCH
https://aesoprock.com/collections/spirit-world-field-guide

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Aesop Rock – “Jumping Coffin” (Video)

Aesop Rock has just shared another installment in the visual saga surrounding last year’s masterstroke album Spirit World Field Guide (via Rhymesayers Entertainment). “Jumping Coffin” deviates from the episodic narrative established in the previous videos (“The Gates,” “Pizza Alley,” and “Coveralls”). Like the previous installments, the visual was directed by Aesop’s longtime collaborator Rob Shaw, who rotoscoped animation on top of action footage of renowned professional skaters Emile Laurent, Enzo Kurmaskie, Anthony Del Togno Armanasco, and Silas Baxter-Neal, yielding hallucinatory images of skeletons shredding with reckless abandon.

The video is a marked and notable departure from Aesop’s previous release, the bespoke single “Long Legged Larry,” an ode to a particularly heroic and altruistic frog created in partnership with illustrator Jeremy Fish. Watch here.

STREAM / DOWNLOAD SPIRIT WORLD FIELD GUIDE
https://rse.lnk.to/SpiritWorldFieldGuide

PURCHASE PHYSICAL ALBUMS AND EXCLUSIVE MERCH
https://aesoprock.com/collections/spirit-world-field-guide

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Aesop Rock – “Drums On The Wheel” (Video)

New music video by one of rap’s most verbose underground MC/producers Aesop Rock titled “Drums On The Wheel“, off his new ten track EP of music composed for the video game Freedom FingerMusic From The Game Freedom Finger is available now from all streaming platforms and digital retailers, alongside a just-launched pre-order for limited edition 10” vinyl. Video directed by Jim Dirschberger that features visuals of Freedom Finger gameplay as well as exclusive visuals drawn by Travis Millard and animated by Steven Gong.

STREAM/PURCHASE MUSIC FROM THE GAME FREEDOM FINGER HERE:
https://rse.lnk.to/freedomfinger

PRE-ORDER THE LIMITED 10″ VINYL OF MUSIC FROM THE GAME FREEDOM FINGER HERE:
https://bit.ly/AR-FF-Vinyl

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Aesop Rock – “Rogue Wave” (Video)

Following up on last year’s consciousness-expanding Malibu Ken project, rap’s most verbose MC/producer Aesop Rock has just released a new standalone single as he works his way toward a new solo full length. “Rogue Wave” comes paired with a video by longtime visual collaborator Rob Shaw, bringing to life a plethora of images sketched by Aesop himself.

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Malibu Ken (Aesop Rock & TOBACCO) – “Tuesday” (Video)

Hot off the holiday weekend, Malibu Ken, the duo of verbose Hip-Hop mainstay Aesop Rock and analog-synth experimenter TOBACCO (of Black Moth Super Rainbow), have expressed gratitude for the week’s most underrated day with a fresh video for “Tuesday,” a standout from their self-titled album (released back in January).

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Malibu Ken – Self-titled (Album Review)

Malibu Ken is a new duo consisting of indietronica producer Tobacco out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania & legendary New York wordsmith Aesop Rock. They announced their formation late last year & after a few singles, they’re delivering their full-length debut with the help of Rhymesayers Entertainment.

The album kicks off with “Corn Maze”, where Rock talks about privacy over an 8-bit sounding instrumental. The song “Tuesday” describes an average titular day over a druggy beat while the track “Save Our Ship” gets cryptic over some synths & guitars. The song “Sword Box” spits battle bars over some haunting synths while the track “Dog Years” looks back at his youth over another 8-bit sounding beat.

The song “Acid King” vividly recalls the story of his friend Gary being murdered over a minimal synth instrumental while the track “Suicide Big Gulp” seems to be discussing depression over a synth-funk beat. The song “1+1=13” talks about luck over a spacious beat while the track “Churro” vividly talks about an eagle killing a cat over over a trippy beat. The album then finishes off with “Purple Moss”, where Aes goes back to a more introspective approach over a somber beat.

Overall, this is a pretty solid album. It’s too short only running at 34 minutes, but Aesop Rock’s lyricism is more intelligent than ever & Tobacco’s synthesizer heavy production suits his stories very well.

Score: 8/10

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