Nothing’s Impossible for This Impossible Kid
Aesop Rock is a vocab-savvy artist who has established himself greatly over the past two decades. He has recently released a new album called Impossible Kid. This is his first solo album since 2012 when he released Skelethon.The 39-year-old rapper began his career in 1997 releasing Music for Earthworms. When he first came into the hip-hop scene he was one of New York’s most important hip-hop figures. Aesop’s wide range in hip-hop and genre crossing appealed to his fans.
This album is one that is more personal to him. Even though in an interview he says that “…all my songs have always been personal to me,” he talks more about his personal life in Impossible Kid. Aesop doesn’t featuring anyone on his album because of the fact the album is seemingly more personal to him. He talks about his life and personal struggles he’s had to deal with.
In “Rings” he talks about how he used to draw and then completely abandoning that talent, probably why he chose to have an artistic video to go with his LP. The first verse into the song blatantly says “Used to draw, hard to admit that I used to draw…I let my skills deteriorate.”
It can definitely be relatable for his fans to listen to him rap about not containing a talent. Many people grow out of things and tend to just follow what society is doing as a whole instead of being an individual, which is exactly what he was talking about in this song. Aesop uses a lot of lyrical metaphors in each song, but what artist doesn’t right? However, his delivery is what sets him apart from other lyrical rappers. He has an old school vibe that draws any hip-hop fan’s ears in.
An interesting addition that comes with the album drop is the 48-minute shot-for-shot recreation of Stanley Kubrick’s “ The Shining” directed by Rob Shaw. He uses wooden figures to tell the story as his album plays in the background.