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In 2014 we appraise hip-hop on its forthrightness. Take, for example, the two front-runner Grammy-nominated hip-hop albums of 2013: Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid M.A.A.D. City and Macklemore’s The Heist. Both albums, in different ways, present up-front opinions on the word we live in, be it the gangland problems still present in Compton or the bigotry… More »

“Don’t call it a comeback” is usually a phrase uttered self-protectively by musicians who are very much coming back from some degree of obscurity. Dr. Dre wasn’t exactly absent during the seven-year stretch between his first and second albums (“California Love,” anybody?), but his 1999 sophomore release 2001 is littered with lines like “Ladies pay… More »

The top two videos on this list couldn’t be more different in terms of concept, execution, intent, emotion, or aesthetic — or, perhaps least important of all, music. They do, however, have one thing in common: They’re both biker epics. A couple of weeks ago, Twin Shadow landed at the top of this list with… More »

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Atmosphere – “This Lonely Rose” (Feat. Aesop Rock & Blueprint)

Indie-rap superfriends unite! Next month, Minneapolis underground veterans Atmosphere will headline a huge 20th-anniversary show for their Rhymesayers label at the Target Center, their hometown…
Tom Breihan | November 11, 2015 - 11:37 am

Rappers Ranked By Vocabulary Size Chart Updated, Aesop Rock Still #1

A few months ago, a designer, coder, and data analyst named Matt Daniels took on an interesting project: Ranking a number of rappers based on…
Tom Breihan | August 4, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Busdriver – “Ego Death” (Feat. Aesop Rock & Danny Brown) Video (Stereogum Premiere)

A couple of weeks ago, the motormouthed L.A. rap expressionist Busdriver lined up fellow underground rap originals Aesop Rock and Danny Brown for a dense,…
Tom Breihan | July 9, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Busdriver – “Ego Death” (Feat. Aesop Rock & Danny Brown)

Busdriver, Aesop Rock, and Danny Brown all come from vastly different corners of the map, both geographically and figuratively, but all three are among underground…
Tom Breihan | June 16, 2014 - 11:08 am

Aesop Rock – “Cycles To Gehanna” Video

It's hard to outdo the overwhelming badassery of Aesop Rock's "ZZZ Top" video, pretty much just a full-length martial arts brawl, but the ferocious punk…
Tom Breihan | August 21, 2012 - 12:38 pm

Stream Aesop Rock Skelethon

In the build up to the release of underground rap veteran Aesop Rock's Skelethon we've heard a slew of strong, focused cuts like "Zero Dark
Corban Goble | July 10, 2012 - 12:54 pm

Aesop Rock – “ZZZ Top” Video

It's been five years since Aesop Rock's last album, None Shall Pass, but his new release, Skelethon, is imminent, and now we've got the second…
Michael Nelson | June 29, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Aesop Rock – “Zero Dark Thirty” Video

Abstract-rap prince Aesop Rock is about to return with Skelthon, his first new solo album in five years. In the video for first single "Zero
Tom Breihan | May 1, 2012 - 2:21 pm

The Uncluded (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson) – “Bats”

You wouldn't expect abstract rap innovator Aesop Rock and antifolk queen Kimya Dawson to have anything to do with each other, but those guys have…
Tom Breihan | April 23, 2012 - 3:58 pm

Aesop Rock – “Zero Dark Thirty”

Cryptic cult-rapper Aesop Rock is one of the chief architects of the skronky, disorienting underground rap sound that's making an unexpected and welcome comeback lately;…
Tom Breihan | April 10, 2012 - 10:52 am

Hail Mary Mallon – “Grubstake” Video

As the New York rapper and Danny Brown buddy ASAP Rocky enjoys a meteoric and lucrative rise, the similarly named but altogether very different New…
Tom Breihan | October 28, 2011 - 4:39 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week's music-video MVP was whoever was responsible for researching New York signage in Kindness's "Cyan" video. That must've taken a lot of work! As…
Tom Breihan | October 14, 2011 - 2:34 pm

New Mountain Goats Video – “Lovecraft in Brooklyn” (Aesop Rock Remix)

John Darnielle and Aesop Rock teamed up in the past to bring us a cut of “Coffee,” and now it’s a twist on Heretic Pride’s…
brandon | May 8, 2008 - 1:27 pm

New Aesop Rock (Feat. John Darnielle) Video – “Coffee”

Aesop turned some heads with his match-up of lyrical heavyweights cut "Coffee" from this year's None Shall Pass (pulling a last minute verse from Mountain…
Stereogum | October 30, 2007 - 12:35 pm

New Aesop Rock (Feat. John Darnielle) – “Coffee”

Doing for underground hip-hop what Run-DMC and Aerosmith, the Judgement Night soundtrack and Zach Galifianakis and the Bonny one did for the aboveground stuff, encyclopedic…
Stereogum | July 30, 2007 - 5:45 pm

Pitchfork Music Festival 2006 Photos

That Pitchforkmedia must be doing something right; 19,000 people a day hit up their Festival for 18 hours of music over two days, despite some…
Amrit Singh | August 3, 2006 - 1:45 am