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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 the vocabulary they’ve shown on records. He took the first 35,000 words of each rapper’s discography, and then figured out how many unique words were in each of those data-sets,… More »

By: 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, wordy throwdown called “Ego Death.” In making the song’s video, director Strangeloop has congured a dystopic computer-animated vision in which a robot wanders abandoned street and encounters rapping specters. The… More »

By: 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 rap’s most distinctive vocal stylists. Busdriver, the L.A. speed-rap expressionist, lined up verses from both Aes and Danny for “Ego Death,” a track from the new album Perfect Hair. Jeremiah… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 16, 2014 - 11:08 am

Aesop Rock Albums From Worst To Best

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 »

By: Joseph Schafer / May 8, 2014 - 12:25 pm

2012 In Review: The Year In Comebacks

“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 »

By: Chris DeVille / December 31, 2012 - 11:55 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 rock ballet dancers of the new “Cycles To Gehanna” video make it closer than you’d expect. Ben and Pete Lee direct with classic B-movie panache. Watch it below. More »

By: 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 Thirty” and “ZZZ Top.” Now, he’s posted the whole thing on YouTube and it’s streaming below. It’s his first in five years, and given the fact that Aesop Rock-inspired folk… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 10, 2012 - 12:54 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / July 6, 2012 - 11:37 am

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 video to be released in suport of that album. Compared to the relatively sedate “Zero Dark Thirty,” “ZZZ Top” is pure action. Aes has only a cameo in this cli… More »

By: 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 Dark Thirty,” he delivers the song while slumping against a wall, as a time-lapse ghost paints and unpaints it. Isaac Ravishankara directs. Watch it and download the track below. More »

By: 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 been maintaining a fruitful, if unlikely, artistic relationship for a while now, touring and recording together whenever they get a chance. And now they’ve got a name for their collaboration:… More »

By: 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; a guy like Danny Brown definitely picked up a few tricks from him. But Aesop Rock hasn’t released a solo album in five years. That’ll change in July when he… More »

By: 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 York rapper and Danny Brown buddy Aesop Rock has mostly been flying under the radar lately. Earlier this year, he got together with his friends Rob Sonic and DJ Big… More »

By: 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 good as that video was, though, it couldn’t make it onto this week’s list. There’s just too much great stuff out there. Let’s get cracking. More »

By: 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 sci-fi dropping “Lovecraft In Brooklyn.” Darnielle himself explains it at the Goats site:

…I gave Aesop Rock all the constituent parts of the song ‘Lovecraft in Brooklyn’ and told… More »

By: 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 man John Darnielle) and it’s another round of neck-twisting here with the track’s ’tis-the-season clip. Director Ace Norton goes for Shaun Of The Dead undead extras served with a gory… More »

By: 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 spitter Aesop Rock goes full force with encyclopedic strummer John Darnielle to talk “Coffee” (as if either needed any). This one’s mostly Aesop, which has us wondering what would happe… More »

By: 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 serious heat and humidity. Whether that’s a testament to the awesome lineup or the show-going tenacity of hipster nation, we heard the weekend was well run and chock-full of indie… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 3, 2006 - 1:45 am