Aesop Rock has been busy working on his group projects the past couple of years, so The Impossible Kid
marks his first solo outing since 2012's Skelethon
. On the new album, Aesop continues finding new ways to improve on the skills that have made him one of the kings of indie hip-hop. His creative process now includes a newfound willingness to open up about his personal life, going deep on topics like depression, his sometimes rocky relationship with his family, and the turbulent handful of years that culminated in Aesop leaving his adopted home of San Francisco to live in a barn out in the woods, where he recorded the foundations of The Impossible Kid
. There’s also moments of levity though, as Aesop taps into the funny side of his persona that he suppressed during the period where being taken as a serious lyricist was more of a priority. Like Skelethon
, Aesop exercised complete creative control over every aspect of the album, from the production (which he handled himself, with instrumental help from Philly’s Grimace Federation) to conceptualizing the cover art by his friend Alex Pardee.
CD Packaging Includes Custom Die Cut Slipcase with 24-Panel Double Sided Fold Out Poster, Illustrated CD Sleeve and Full Album Lyrics.
- Mystery Fish
- Lotta Years
- Blood Sandwich
- Get Out of the Car
- Lazy Eye
- Water Tower
- *Syrup feat. Homeboy Sandman & Open Mike Eagle (Bonus Track)
- *Dorks [Blockhead Remix] (Bonus Track)