Aesop Rock, straight out of Portland, Oregon was at the forefront of the new wave of underground and alternative hip hop acts that emerged during the late 90s and early 00s. The single “Rings” came out earlier this year, but is seeing some more attention recently in the music blogosphere — one of the more underrated hip hop tracks of the year from The Impossible Kid record.
Rap’s supposed to be a young man’s game, but Aesop’s only been improving as he’s gotten closer to middle age. He’s tackling different subject matter, going deep on topics like depression, his sometimes rocky relationships with his family, and the turbulent handful of years that culminated in Aesop leaving his adopted home of San Francisco to live in a barn out in the woods, where he recorded the foundations of The Impossible Kid. This trippy sound and the storytelling is out of control and I’m not mad at anything with plenty of synth and piano riffs.