Thursday, August 27, 2009

Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass (2007)

Crank this up, kid! Aesop Rock's fifth studio album is his best work yet. This New York based rapper speaks out against "American nonsense penned by the rich" in his signature stream-of-consciousness style. The Michael Stipe of the hip-hop world, his lyrics are oceanic, deep and connecting many different worlds and places, yet it's not so easy see to the bottom at first glance. No superficiality here (Sorry, Kanye). Keep an ear open for the record's closing track, "Coffee," which features a guest appearance by John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.

For fans of: Immortal Technique, The Roots, Common


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