Saturday, June 30, 2012
Aesop Rock - Float
This is pretty mediocre. Definitely very okay. I'm not really big into rap or hip-hop so I'm probably not the best judge of it. There were beats I guess?
Aesop Rock just doesn't work as a straight-up rapper, he needs to have a singer alongside him to complement his jumbled and somewhat incomprehensible vocals. His rapping style is simply not powerful enough to stand on it's own.
This is a pity because his music features great beats, and utilizes samples masterfully ( the jazzy overtones in Commencement at the Obedience Academy are delightful).
I get the feeling that the rapper really doesn't have anything particular to say, and that may be why the vocals fall so flat. Directionless verbosity works fine when it isn't the sole focal point of the music ...but it doesn't work here.