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#1 James Frank.

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 10:47 AM

 

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 07:15 AM

On 1st listen I like it better than the 1st album.  Guess I need to stop by the record shop (again).



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Posted 19 November 2014 - 11:14 AM

Dope ! these two live are something else though, I've witnessed the power go off, and they still blew the roof off.


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Posted 22 November 2014 - 05:46 PM

I love the new album. Been a big fan of aesop rock for a while. I saw them live last year. They were great. Dj big wiz was spinning 1200's without serato and was mind blowing. I'm sure there are better but he was great live.

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 02:38 AM

Whales is one of the best songs I've heard this year. Some of the tracks on this album get slightly monotonous, but Whales has an excellent balance.

 

Also Aesop Rock dumbed down is one of my new favorite things.

 



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Posted 24 November 2014 - 11:42 AM

I love the new album. Been a big fan of aesop rock for a while. I saw them live last year. They were great. Dj big wiz was spinning 1200's without serato and was mind blowing. I'm sure there are better but he was great live.

 

I caught Aes Rock, Lif & Vast Aire live in 2001.  Instant Aes & Lif fan.  Vast Aire blew donkey balls (voice was blown).  Grabbed Float there and was all over Labor Days when it came out.  

 

I was impressed by DJ Big Wiz back at the 2002 Revenge of the Robots tour.  Excellent live.



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 10:31 PM

Aes was my first hip-hop show, back in like...i wanna say 2009?

it was definitely post-None Shall Pass, because i remember not knowing a lot of his songs haha.

 

Aesop Rock shows are weird because they're the only hip-hop shows you'll ever see where the most loyal fans can't even recite the lyrics to like 90% of his set...the room blows up at the very end when he plays "Daylight" and spits the famous two lines "life's not a bitch, life is a beautiful woman/ you only call her a bitch cause she won't let you get that pussy", and then immediately after that everyone just kinda slowly fades out mumbling the cadences of his flow hahaha...

 

nonetheless, a dope show indeed.  i think he may have been on some psychedelics, which made it even more impressive to watch.



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Posted Yesterday, 12:09 AM

Awesome. At the show I went to he finished with daylight but then went into night life. Which was still awesome.

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Posted Yesterday, 08:56 PM

aesop rock is the epitome of backpack rap super lyrical spherical spiritual gyrscope kaleidoscope microscope nerd shit.



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Posted Yesterday, 10:14 PM

^ is that a good thing?



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Posted Today, 01:18 AM

.... Yes and no

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Posted Today, 04:24 AM

Err I actually get what he's saying pretty much all the time, same with Sage Francis, it's double meaning metaphors, figurative and literal at the same time, In fact EL-P is the same, there's loads out there, they're making you listen intently, not just bung a track on and hear it, and nod your head. So it's good for people that love poetry, and deeper meanings and substance, not good for the unconscious minded with a small vocabulary, they want you to pick a dictionary up, and read a book and turn the T.V off, they have to say it in way to avoid getting pigeon holed, check these lyrics from Anticon Deep Puddle Dynamics. the Scarecrow speaks. Sole, Alias, Slug, Doseone.

 

[Verse 1: Sole]
Okay everyone
Put away your boyish desires
Your buoyant sighs
Your rolling eyes

Your lust for roll and rock
Your lust for getting rocks off with other follies
All your desires for couch and TV
Pick up a book, pick up a shovel
Put down the gun, throw up the fist
Throw intelligent words in this game of conversation
Try a new arrangement
Dollars and sensibility
Intelligence and ability
Eloquence and nobility
Delicatessens
Treat your girl like you treat your TV
How you should use your headphones and positive role models
Try staying home
Stop trying to prove
Stop trying to be, stop trying to do
Just be proof, do, and exist

Go to college
Respect your mother
Look out for your little sister
Respect no one except yourself
Treat all others how you expect in return
Exercise intellect
If you're lackin pretend

Call few people enemies and call fewer people friends
Don't do it for the wealth, do it all for the love
Love everything you do, and do nothing halfheartedly
Be what you speak
Man, never speak on what you be
Even if you're lost, front like you got a plan
It ain't that hard, but stand if you're ready to be a man

[Verse 2: DoseOne]
I come to you
With one heart
Broken in two
Lashed hands and many flaws
A man

In return I ask only an ego-less unbiased listen
For, what I speak of offers freedom from mind
Freedom from a focused impulse
Freedom
And not at all the spangled, yankee-doodle
Union musket encompassed sense of liberty

Which our forefathers in Holy-Wood have fed and sold us for scores
I'm eluding and rightfully so to salvage clearheadedness of composed
Fated state of human being
No grand inquisitor myself I pour forth a pensive frown upon and frustrated
Humble however furious

This reason for being here
This well you've found is phenomen-all-o-ne
In the immortal words of Oliver Wendell Holmes
A mind that is stretched to a new idea
Never returns to its original dimension

Simplistically
Topsoil is no seashell full of bitter ocean
Body but it can be
Changing for and from triumph to mystery
Every somehow has a place
Where you dare not set foot and can't see a thing
So weave those silver threads into soul-leveled bonds
And be unbounded no longer
Manipulative
Let it go
Go
Let the wandering take it all in
Generate
Make you yours
My masters, my pupils, my equals
Drop, decorate
I implore you
Just think

[Verse 3: Alias]
Let me address you with two conflicting topics at this moment
Two paths I've roamed it
Intention to hit home with this discussion
And make you pawn to strengthen your words
Not talking racial connotation, but loosely tied with bees and birds
Also loosely tied with opposites
The depths of negativity in your soul
Let it take control, and you can see deeper into the hole
Of self-destruction its obstruction of the opposite feeling
My fellow men and women, its love and hate with which we're dealing
I've experienced both words
Let's ponder my theory and thought
On these two and the correlation that each other has brought
I've sought the answer and I've found hate is stronger than love
I love to hate you, I hate to love you, hate always ends up above
It's much easier to say you hate than to say you love a person
But easier to say you love material and currency when it's dispersin
I've realized long ago that either word is a delicate topic so
Hence the circle on my finger I.D.O. on that day was my flow
And although I see many problems in my fellow man
Hatred of others is absolutely not my master plan

My other spiritual half has taught me much about my true feelings
I was slipping into mental remission
But it was brought into the healing process

I consider myself blessed when I think
Floating up above the majority makes others look like they sink
Hating, you give up nothing
Love, you give it up all
So I smirk at all of yall
While you await my downfall

[Verse 4: Slug]
Condescending
The lake dove into
When you finally acknowledge that I'm not pretending
Follow the language, the direction, the dialect
The cadence, the enunciation
Emphasis, pretentiousness

Assumptions makin an ass of you
Point A in the air you share with me
Point B now draw a straight line connecting us
Wait, wait man who's not paying attention?
See, class here's the problem
Yall all need to stop resting and collectin dust
My stance resembles anger but no your perception's crooked
Now be some good little bastards, turn your textbooks to page 7
Where it reads that God got drunk, drove heaven into a tree
Now there's no reasons left for you to continue to breathe
Haha, just joking only trying to see who's listenin
Now heads up, time to test the potential of your faults
And the results will stay confidential
For as long as you face the front of your self esteem
Lose focus, get broken at the seams
Let's open up the conversation for comments
To complement your circumcised mind state while I ride on your anxieties
Trying to speak to the class and justify the act
By pointing my finger at your head and askin you what the fuck is that?!
Thank you, thank you  



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Posted Today, 06:45 AM

thats the thing, if i want some good writing i'll read a book. if i want to hear someone poorly recite poetry with an awkard flow and nasally voice over a wack rap beat, which would be never, i'll listen to some def jux.



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Posted Today, 08:51 AM

thats the thing, if i want some good writing i'll read a book. if i want to hear someone poorly recite poetry with an awkard flow and nasally voice over a wack rap beat, which would be never, i'll listen to some def jux.

 

Come on Constrobuz, list 10 things you like about life, and 10 things you love, I cannot for the life of me ever think I've seen that out of you, I mean positive comments, no subliminal sarcasm or poking, or running things down with a verbal face plant, or drive by one liners. Why are Def Jux beats wack to you, where do you reckon it's gone wrong, some substance in explaining I mean. 

 

 Someone needs to squeeze the happy out of you Holmes.  :lol:



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Posted Today, 09:09 AM

Aesop can be aight to me sometimes.... But in general I agree with constro. Apart from like.... Cannibal ox, def jux is the most annoying shit. You know what I'll throw anticon under the bus too while I'm at it. I listened to sole "bottle of humans" during an angsty teenage phase.... One day I realized it was all pretentious white boy nonsense that doesn't even rhyme and I never listened to it again




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