Because when the music speaks for itself, you don’t need more than a couch to make a music video. Dark Time Sunshine has been blipping our radar for the past year or so, Aesop for the past 15. But it’s Swamburger who’s got my favorite verse on this one, got that Mystikal spitfire flow that just demands an energetic reaction.
The new video from Dark Time Sunshine (comprised of Onry Ozzborn of Grayskul (Rhymesayers) and producer Zavala) is an example of music videos evolving to meet the demands of an ever increasingly impatient consumer. This video is more Twin Peaks than Cash Money video shoot, a fact customers appreciate, including us. Also, heard that Open Mike Eagle will be joining their tour with Aesop Rock, that tour just went into warp drive.
So half a decade later, NYC Def Jux delight Aesop Rock has decided to release another solo album, this time on Rhymesayers , titled, Skelethon (cover art after the jump). Aesop is one of those rappers that probably helped forge the gap between kids who listened to Phish and backpack rappers, all white kids, but still. This first track , playing over the video, is called Zero Dark Thirty, which after a little search work, I found out comes from the military time 00:30 (thirty minutes after midnight) and is used to refer to a very early starting time. It’s also the title of a new film about the Osama Bin Laden raid scheduled for a 2012 release. That’s some great SEO planning Aesop! And another thing, seriously, am I the only guy out there who thinks that A.S.A.P Rocky was very much inspired by Aesop Rock when he came upon his moniker? Seriously? Aesop Rock v. ASAP Rocky?
Editor note: My favorite Aesop Rock track: Daylight
Amalgalm Digital is one of my favorite record outfits right now. They are random as fuck and seem to sponsor artists at their own whimsical fancy. Why do I like this random chaos you ask? Well for starters it revives the careers of rappers you and I thought had fallen off beyond recognition, talented ones, like Tame One. The former Weathermen and Artifacts member has paired up with the infamous Del the Funky Homosapien to drop an album titled “Uni-Parallel Verses”. Having just finished Tame One’s solo album “Acid Tab Vocab”, production on the album will hail from Jersey producer Parallel Thought. Why you should buy and enjoy this album is simple; substantial rhymes coupled with down to earth MC’s furnishes a creative environment where bullshit is swept aside and lyricism prevails. Call it a flashback to better times.
“Uni-Parallel Verses” is set to drop October 13th on Gold Dust.
I recently expressed my nauseating disgust of the The Roots decision to take the gig as the house band on the Jimmy Fallon show. Now I discover this filthy news nugget; De La Soul has teamed up with NIKE to drop a “workout” specific album. There are so many obvious problems with this collaboration that I don’t know where to begin. How about the fact that these three cats haven’t hit the gym in 2 decades, does their lack of experience with personal fitness not devalue the concept that they are able to create music that is conducive to working out? The album “Are You In” (clever pun R-U-N? I think not) is the latest installment of NIKE’s Original Run series of albums. NIKE, never shy to hand out some greens, has already recruited the likes of Aesop Rock and LCD Soundsystem to record standalone albums with the work a sweat theme in full effect. As a lifelong NIKE supporter one may cry hypocrisy when I say this is a pathetic decision by De La, however, NIKE to me represents style, street, and ball. The problem with the reasoning offered by De La Soul is that it is simply fraudulent, as a group they are unwilling to state the obvious; like many of us these guys are struggling financially and have teamed up with a corporate giant to alleviate some domestic financial pressure. No, rather than speak the truth and admit their fragility, here is the reason Maseo (De La’s infamous DJ) put forth for their decision to work with NIKE, “We didn’t compromise being De La Soul, nor does it compromise Nike either…It’s actually what we all look to do, which is be innovative. Get your body moving.” That’s what you do Maseo? Get your body moving? Pray tell, when was the last time you got on the elliptical or did a crunch (no, eating a Nestle Crunch doesn’t count)? How would these guys feel if Richard Simmons dropped a hip-hop album? Damn, I’m getting all riled up, better hit the gym, sans De La Soul.