Aesop Rock The Impossible Kid
Aesop Rock, he’s an American hip-hop artist that’s been on the scene for coming up to two decades. He’s become known for spending a little longer than average of his releases – but he’s also known for having an incredibly large vocabulary and delivering punches with every release. Unlike many of the rappers in the mainstream of the genre, Aesop has a very unique sound. Raised by the underground, Aesop has always provided a modern backdrop that continuously rivals mainstream artists despite remaining hugely unique and maintaining integrity.
Aesop is one of those artists that have become ingrained in the culture, he’s been featured on several of the classic Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater soundtracks, his 2001 album Labor Days and the Daylight EP gained critical acclaim and he’s been signed to legendary label Rhymesayers since ’08. It’s possible you’ve also heard of his Topping of a study into the vocabulary of Hip-hop artists.
Earlier this year in April, Aesop Rock dropped his seventh release; The Impossible Kid. I always have a fear, when I listen to a new release of a great artist, that it’s gonna be one of those stale, over-produced albums that makes your stomach sink and question the value of music like the rest. Not this time, pessimism. The album delivers, I’ve got a few preferred tracks but the album is produced spotlessly with each track having its own identity. I’ve always liked Aesop’s creativity with beats, samples and instrumentation, not to mention his unique flow.
If you’re unfamiliar with Aesop Rock you may want to check out Labor Days first, to get into the Aesop way of mind, it’s a great entry album for that purpose. If you know Aesop and you’re excited for this album then dive straight in because it starts strong and continues throughout. It’s an album that is sonically different to his previous releases, namely None Shall Pass, but it remains a fan pleaser regardless.
Aesop’s lyrics are always charming, hilarious and at times acid-tipped, although sometimes it’s fun to follow along with a lyric sheet as his pacing is relentless! You may find yourself dwelling over a single word Aesop uses just to find he’s slammed in another two verses once you’ve figured-out the meaning of his analogy. He’s smart, there’s no doubt about it and his lyrics really represent his intelligence, perception and wicked sense of humor. Without giving much away on this album, it’s really very good and another entry in this decade that you can shove in the face of the folk that romanticize the past.