Aesop Rock
Responsible for all but revolutionizing the entire face of underground hip-hop in the early portion of this decade with a slew of potent and influential releases such as 2000's Float LP, 2001's monumental Labor Days LP, and 2003's Bazooka Tooth to his most recent EP/book, 2004's Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives, Aesop Rock (aka Ian Bavitz) has proven that resting on his past laurels is all but forbidden. In the last year alone, Aesop has released a 45-minute workout mix for Nike+, a short story in collaboration with visual artist Jeremy Fish, and scored music for two short films. 2007 finds Aesop delivering his next full length album, the highly anticipated None Shall Pass on Definitive Jux.

Created over a two year period following his last release, None Shall Pass documents not only a vast amount of personal change that Aesop experienced over this time, but deftly depicts scenes and stories relative to all ages of life. Production is a vital strong point on this album, with the majority of production duties handled by Aesop's longtime partner Blockhead. El-P and Rob Sonic each make offerings, while Aesop himself confidently produces a large portion of his own tracks as well. The duality of Aesop's hectic stream-of-thought coupled with the complex production on this album makes no exception to Aesop Rock's consistent pedigree, blazing a trail far ahead of his peers with an album that will be followed for years to come.

Tracklisting for None Shall Pass:

1. Keep Off The Lawn
2. None Shall Pass
3. Catacomb Kids
4. Bring Back Pluto
5. Fumes
6. Getaway Car (feat. Cage and Breeze Brewin)
7. 39 Thieves
8. The Harbor is Yours
9. Citronella
10. Gun For The Whole Family (feat. El-P)
11. Five Fingers
12. No City
13. Dark Heart News (feat. Rob Sonic)
14. Coffee (feat. John Darnielle)

Press on Aesop Rock:

"Aesop Rock introduced a raw, urgent, intelligent new sound designed to break the monotony of mainstream rap." - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"Even among the hip-hop heavies who record for his local label, Def Jux, rapper Aesop Rock manages to stand out thanks to a vulnerable storytelling style that's all too rare among the genre's tough guys." - NEW YORK MAGAZINE

"Aesop Rock is indie rap's surrealist, a spewer and sneerer given to oblique code and artfully jumbled syntax. His voice is a bassy, agile instrument that rhymes 'evil' gracefully with 'amoeba'." -BLENDER

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jimsan Wed 5/9/2007 11:50AM
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Zapzapa Wed 5/9/2007 11:55AM
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goddammit and to think i almost though you knew SYD jackass well i guess im the jackass

cuttyfives Wed 5/9/2007 11:57AM
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Roos Wed 5/9/2007 12:06PM
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Damn.... thats some funny shit JIMSAN.

sunnbear Wed 5/9/2007 12:27PM
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Don't encourage him!

happydestiny starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/9/2007 12:38PM
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ha ha you made a funny!
Keep me smilin jimsan!

All Loving Liberal White Guy Wed 5/9/2007 12:51PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

Anybody from the Midwest remember that fast food joint known as Rax? It was like a poor man's Arby's and they served hot wet beef sandwhichs too.

MutilatedLips Wed 5/9/2007 01:49PM
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Yeah, I remember Rax "Nobody, stax up to rax" or whatever...good shit.
Anybody hear that Aesop is doing some kind of ad for Nike? I thought that was kind of strange, but atleast he's finally getting the exposure he deserves

MutilatedLips Wed 5/9/2007 01:52PM
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nevermind the last comment, I missed the Nike thing the first time I skimmed the article...I shall return to crackhead land, peace yall

All Loving Liberal White Guy Wed 5/9/2007 02:01PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

Fuckin A! Somebody told me that Rax was the thinking mans Arby's but I diagree. The Rax staff would always get mad pissed when I would order a BIg Montana and it wasn't on the menu. Remember their mascot Uncle Alligator. What about that other midwest fast food chain called Daddy-O's? They had a fried bologna burger on their menu.

All Loving Liberal White Guy starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/9/2007 02:26PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

oh and jisman,

i once heard aesop say "yo mamma so fat that the back of her neck looks like a pack of hot dogs" and "yo mama so old that she farts dust"

cuttyfives Wed 5/9/2007 03:15PM
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Butane starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/9/2007 07:37PM
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Hell yeah
Aesop is the man,
gotta get into it

deftone984 Thu 5/10/2007 02:10AM
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if by nerd rap garbage you mean intelligent hip hop with a soul, then i agree completely.

apaloosa Thu 5/10/2007 08:14AM
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normally I wouldn't comment on an article especially if my opinion tened to be a negative one but I'm tired of people perpetuating someone so overrated. Half of his lines are nothing more than a juxtaposition of sounds that merely rhyme and amount to little more that what in the rap world would be tagged intellectual. He is the Allen Ginsberg of the rap community and I don't mean that as a compliment.

officialrx starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/10/2007 09:29AM
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how could "allen ginsberg of the rap community" not be a compliment? anyways aes is one of the most mind-bending lyricists out there...yeah his rhymes lean towards the esoteric but he can tell a story with the best of them (case in point: "no regrets"). labor days is hands down one of the best underground hip hop releases of the past decade.

"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. maybe she didn't feel y'all shared any similar interests. or maybe you're just an asshole who couldn't sweet talk the princess."

"We the American working population
Hate the fact that eight hours a day
Is wasted on chasing the dream of someone that isn't us
And we may not hate our jobs
But we hate jobs in general
That don't have to do with fighting our own causes
We the American working population
Hate the nine to five day-in day-out
But we'd rather be supporting ourselves
By being paid to perfect the pasttimes
That we have harbored based solely on the fact
That it makes us smile if it sounds dope"

nuff said

chaseman Thu 5/10/2007 02:27PM
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Aesop's a modern poet--not only extremely eccentric, but a great showman too. He'll put an end to your doubt (if you have any in the first place) if you take time to see his show.

gmoo Thu 5/10/2007 03:06PM
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Aesop is the man, but El-P needs to loan some of his better beats. I've always wondered how Aesop would sound if he had better beats behind him. If you like Aesop, you have to check out El-P's latest disc. It's music for the mind and yo ass.

paulyblunts Fri 5/11/2007 07:35AM
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this guys sucks. if you want to listen to some good whiteboy hip-hop check out atmosphere.

cuttyfives Fri 5/11/2007 01:41PM
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do yourselves a favor and definately do not check out atmosphere...

bluenotez starstarstarstarstar Mon 5/14/2007 03:49PM
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do yourselves a favor and don't do what other people tell you to do regarding music listening.

which i guess negates my comment.