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Float

Aesop Rock Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Block Block Chop
  • ASIN: B007X667ME
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Float
2. Commencement at the Obedience Academy
3. Big Bang
4. Garbage
5. I ll Be OK (featuring Slug)
6. Breakfast With Blockhead
7. Basic Cable
8. Fascination
9. Oxygen
10. Skip Town
11. 6B Panorama
12. Lunch With Blockhead
13. Spare a Match
14. Attention Span (featuring Vast Aire)
15. How To Be a Carpenter
16. Prosperity
17. No Splash
18. Drawbridge (featuring Dose One)
19. Dinner With Blockhead
20. The Mayor and the Crook

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "So I heard y'all wanna float..." 14 Mar 2003
Yea, this record is, um, challenging to find, but worth the efort. This is an awesom album, posibly the equal of CoFlow's Funcrusher Plus. First up Aseop is an amazing emcee. He can paint dense vistas(6B Panorama-"I was sitting on my fire-escape and I saaaaaw..." clasic.) and spit abstract battle rhymes in equal measure, all delivered in his inimitable drawl. Aesop's lyrical skills form a symbiosis with producer Blockhead's beats. Blockhead's prodution technique is pretty easy to explain: strong baseline with plenty of strings,guitars,sitars, and synth notes. This works perfectly each track, providing a canvass for Aesop's rhymes without faling into the background. Aesop holds down 17 of the 20 tracks here himself, but the appearances of 3 of the finest modern leftfeild emcees shine. Slug drops in on I'll Be OK, powerd by a blusey harmonica melody, Dose One is his usal incomprehensible self for the sinester duet Drawbridge and Vast Aire (on Attention Span) can never be less than godlike. Other standouts are Skip Town, the first track by an American emcee to sucessfuly meld hiphop and reggae (us Brits do it all the time: check Roots Manuva) and the strange, ghostly Garbage. So if you dig Labour Days (and who doesn't?) check this: the origin of a modern rap legend.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not what I was expecting 17 Jun 2004
By Je Nash
Format:Audio CD
Possibly because of it being his first album, and earlier in the stage of Aes Rock and Blockhead (Aesop Rock's main producer), this album is a lot more disjointed than the apocalyptically fantastic "Labor Days". The MC'ing is,for the most part, a lot more listless and monotone than more recent realeases. The beats are slightly choppy and can become grating. That said, without listening too closely, I really enjoy this album. The collaborations with Slug and Doseone are dope, and Aes' lyricism is as abstractly mind bending as ever. If you've never heard Aes Rock before, you'd be best advised to buy Labhor Days or the Daylight EP first, but if you've heard some of his more recent stuff, there are much worse CDs to waste money on.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius 6 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
if you like hip hop music weird, this is for you. experimental and unique, no two tracks sound the same. buy it!!!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one that started it all 24 Mar 2005
By Alan Pounds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Aesop Rock's debut, "Float", is nothing short of magical. Aesop's awe-inspiring rhymes, mixed with his overwhelmingly imaginative poetry, makes for a stunningly successful debut. His one-of-a-kind delivery is among the most unique and effective styles in the underground rap circuit. His lyrical flow has been called genius, even though he isn't a reader. Instead, he gathers his rhyme fuel from TV and movies. The fact that he has been rhyming since the age of eight couldn't hurt anything either. Aesop came from a musically diverse background, including music from all genres. He met up with Blockhead in 1994, and has continued to work with him to this day. Blockhead's beats are also very sweet, mostly stemming from the classical genre; trumpets, saxophones, and lots of creepy string arrangements. All of these things diversify Aesop from the rest of his peers. Other rappers are obviously influence by Aesop himself, as he has performed with a slew of other artists since this devastating debut; including the likes of Dose One (Anticon), Slug (Atmosphere), Mr. Lif, DJ Spooky, Cannibal Ox, El-P, Prefuse 73, Illogic, Omega One, and Murs, among many others.

If you've never heard Aesop's music before, this stuff will surprise you. If you are looking for hip-hop party beats and catchy choruses for your next dance party, look elsewhere. If you are into thought provoking rhymes, then this is for you. Some listeners of Aesop may claim that he spits out his rhymes with such density, detail and speed, that it's highly unlikely that your brain will be able to process the information at first listen. That is true for the most part; but you must keep listening. Upon further listening you experience revelations into the meaning of the lyrics, which is a great feeling. It seems funny to pick standout tracks, since your favorites will change as you listen to the album (that's a great thing), but here is goes: "Commencement at the Obedience Academy," "Big Bang," "I'll Be Ok," and "6B Panorama".

If you like rhymes that eke there way into your inner thoughts, do not sleep on Aesop's work. You will be disappointed that you waited so long to discover his talent, I know I was. I know it can be a bit pricey ($12 [used] as of right now), but it is truly worth every penny, if not more.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Float is unbelieveable, and deathguise is an idiot 1 Jun 2004
By mattyoung - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First and foremost, Aesop Rock is one of the most skilled songwriters period, hip hop or not, he is a genius. Beside that, he can rap like nobody else, he has mad talent. Each track on this album has obviously been completely thought through and exceptionally produced. Each track is unique, and each track is beautiful.
Deathguise has no authority writing a review for this album. He Obviously doesn't know anything about hip hop. How is someone from Kinston NC gonna tell a veteran MC from F###ing New York that his rap is for suburban richboys? How can someone who gave Beyonce's garbage four stars tell AesRock fans that they "dont know sh**"? How can he call himself a true hip-hop head while classifying true underground hip-hop as "a cross between metal and soft rock". He obviously doesn't know anything about anything. Get your sorry a## out of corporate mass produced garbage and wake up, if there is such a thing as nerd rap Aesop doen't have any near qualifications to be part of it, And shut your ignorant stupid a## up, you dumb motherf###er.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aesop's Best 17 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Though its a close one between Labor days and Float, Float comes out victorious. One of the best underground lyrical albums in a long time, Aesop effortlessly spits intelligence over interesting beats. Definitly worth picking up all you hip hop heads out there.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Bang!!!! 27 Dec 2003
By Cypherwars - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Comparing AesopRock with the likes of Biggie, Rakim, KRS-One is not really making sense, not trying to be dissin' these "Heavyweights", when it comes to Lyrical content, Skills, flow and literacy Aesop is a Million Lightyears ahead besides these "mc's" are mainstream. This album is an epitomy of what indie/underground HipHop is and should be like, less focus on rhythmic beats and more attention on lyrical substance, This album is definitely one of my best I've imported thus far, an undisputed 5 star. I'ts really difficult to conjure up words to describe this masterpiece. If anyone ever said this album lacks imagination I'd buy a first classs flight ticket to the US and laugh at his/her face then fly back home happily knowing justice has been served. Best songs for me are "Commencement at the Obedience Academy" "Big Bang" "Basic Cable" "Fascination" "Oxygen" "Spare a Match" and "Attention Spare" /w Vast Aire to mention but a few. You can't be a "Super-human-hip-hop-head" if you don't cap this album. I live in South Africa and I went through a lot of trouble trying to get hold of this album. This should be a good enough reason. This album alone (My honest Opinion) catapulted AesopRock to where he is. Don't sleep on this MC. "Carelesly Cavorting" - Peace to all the heads around th World
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably Aesop's Best 17 Jan 2005
By Nathan Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to all of Aesop Rock's work and from what I've heard, I believe that this is Aesop at his best. Aesop and Blockhead combine their musical talents to the fullest to dish out another must have hip-hop masterpiece. Even if you own Labor Days, you still haven't seen the daylight until you've purchased Float.
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