Aesop Rock – Skelethon

January 01, 1970

(Rhymesayers)

 

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In
the five-year period since his last proper solo LP, Long Island rhyme king
Aesop Rock has defied all expectations the hip-hop underground has placed on
him, relocating to San Francisco, collaborating with the likes of anti-folk
queen Kimya Dawson and DIY soul rockers Dirty Ghosts (featuring the MC’s ex-wife
Allyson Baker), launching an online artists space called 900bats.com and dreaming
of a Tom Waits team-up. Now he follows up 2007’s None Shall Pass, his first venture for longtime pal Slug’s
Rhymesayers imprint.

 

And
fans who’ve been down with the man born Ian Bavitz since Music for Earthworms will wholeheartedly agree that Skelethon is a most welcome return to
the polysyllabic sequitur slicing wordplay of such early masterpieces as Float and Labor Days, evidenced in the sheer fire he brings to key tracks “ZZZ
Top,” “Crows 2” and “Homemade Mummy.” The album is also his first LP produced
entirely by himself – check the beats he unleashes on the likes of “Zero Dark
Thirty” and “1,000 O’Clock.” Indeed, it’s no fable that Skelethon ranks among Aesop’s greatest work yet.

 

DOWNLOAD: “ZZZ Top,” “Homemade Mummy” RON HART

 

This review originally appeared in issue 12 of BLURT.

 

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