Aesop Rock. The first time his booming voice graced my headphones I caught a head spin and nearly passed out. The man concocts fiendishly elaborate abstract lyrics, and subsequently bombards his songs with a multi-syllabic, multi-layered and multi-dementional delivery, with unparralleled depth and complexity.
Example: "This fallen angle could stitch a wing with a shoestring/prime directive selects reflective aviation bathed in mood swing/I'm broke/I know a walking corpse that spit icicle dagger to slit throat quicker than you can prove there's four letters in hope..."
Those are the first few lines of his first full length release Float, and they're indicative of the barrage of intricate prose and mutated metaphors that await the listener. As well as being a supreme lyricist, the New York MC / Producer proficiently handles eight of the twenty beats on Float, from the eerie to the eccentric, establishing himself as a hip hop artist in the truest sense of the word.
What process do you go through when creating a track?
Well, I usually never write a beat. I write in what spare time I can find. Usually I work with my man Blockhead. He makes tons of shit, so I'll go over to his crib and just listen to beats. We'll settle on one that fits the mood for the song I'm trying to do and work from there, try to figure out interesting sequencing and so on, so it is a song instead of just rapping to a beat. Sometimes, rarely, but sometimes I'll write a track. Like if I'm producing it I'll have a lot of time with the beat so I just sit there and start writing if I'm feeling it. I got a little studio at the crib so it makes recording convenient. It sucks to have to go out to the studio at a scheduled time. I'd rather record at my leisure. It's lessed forced.
What is your basic philosophy, what rules do you adhere to when composing and performing a track, in the studio or on stage?
I just write about what I see and perform it with conviction. It's mad obvious when cats act deeper than they really are, so it doesn't make sense to do that. Just be straight and shit will progress naturally.