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Aesop Rock Ranked Redux

Has been my top played artist on Spotify for like 5 years in a row, so it seems like a good exercise to do a little ranking and pontificating. Many newer releases since I last tried to do something like this. Not including Hail Mary Mallon, as your mileage may vary with Rob Sonic verses. At some point, seeing as he has become my favorite artist, or at least my most consumed one, I will do some more detailed writeups and whatnot.
1Aesop Rock
The Impossible Kid


5/5

Has climbed up to being one of my all time records. Seemingly at his least cryptic, but still hitting with the lyrical jiu jitsu that is to be expected. The "Get Out of the Car" - "Shrunk" - "Kirby" therapist/shrink saga is pretty untouchable.
2Aesop Rock
Labor Days


5/5

Still an all-timer, as well. This is definitely my favorite of this era of Aes - where his flow was a lot more loose with a lot more inflections (I like tot hink of this, Float, Appleseed, and Bazooka Tooth and the sorta "indie" era for him). Fav songs are probably 9-5er's Anthem, Daylight, and Shovel.
3Aesop Rock
None Shall Pass


4.5/5

Title track is still legendary. This and Skelethon seem like "The Impossbile Kid" with a little less focus. Still some fun quirky habits from the earl 2000s stuff on here, too. Fav songs are probably the title track, Keep of the Lawn, and Coffee.
4Malibu Ken
Malibu Ken


4.5/5

Overhated on this site. This is fun as hell. When this came out, I was building out my old basement studio at my old house and had it on repeat - so it is definitely ingrained in my head. Some AMAZING bars on here keep me coming back. Tuesday goes toe-to-toe with any hip hop song ever for me.
5Aesop Rock
Spirit World Field Guide


4/5

The vocal mixing on this record are wretchedly bad, but the songs rule. It is 20+ tracks, so it isn't the most accessible, and the content is definitely more cryptic than the None Shall Pass through Impossible Kid run. The couple beat switches in Pizza Alley slap pretty hard. Favorite songs: Pizza Alley, Salt, Kodokushi.
6Aesop Rock
Skelethon


4/5

I find this to be Aes really coming into his more present form. The voice rasp is settling in nicely, the beats have grown a little from None Shall Pass and are very distinctly Aesop Rock. I really hate the Crows songs, though lol. Favorite songs: ZZZ Top, Gopher Guts, Zero Dark Thirty, and Leisureforce.
7Aesop Rock x Blockhead
Garbology


4/5

This is a bit underrated, honestly. Some moodier atmosphere stuff (see "Abandoned Malls") that I think is pretty essential in his catalog. Most of this does just feel like a core Aesop Rock release, rather than a side project. Favorite songs: Abandoned Malls, Legerdemain, and Jazz Hands.
8Aesop Rock
Float


4/5

IF you don't like the SUPER wordy, super loose, inflection heavy, vocal double heavy old-Aes style, this is not for you. To me, this is the unfocused "Labor Days". Favorite songs: Big Bang and Commencement at the Obedience Academy.
9Aesop Rock
Music For Earthworms


3.5/5

Honestly haven't been able to listen to this very much since it's not been on Spotify, but I remember spinning it on Youtube like 7 or 8 years ago and liking it a bit.
10Aesop Rock
Bazooka Tooth


3/5

Really don't love this one. perforance (cadence, inflection, flow, etc.) seem a bit in identity crisis here, at least to me with respect to where he was coming from ("Labor Days, "Float) and where he was going ("None Shall Pass", "The Impossible Kid"). Some bangers here, but this is not one that I spin it's entirety. Favorite tracks: The Greatest Pac-Man Victory in History (this is a pantheon Aes song....) and No Jumper Cables.
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