Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Home Sweet Home with Aesop Rock
New song and video: Rings, by Aesop Rock.
I've been a huge fan of Aesop Rock since I was about 13. I was introduced to him from my older brother who took me under his Hip Hop wing and taught me all about Def Jux, Anticon, Cage, RJD2, Dos One, Cannibal Ox, Atmosphere ect... Still to this day, I listen to all of them and can't find any current Hip Hop that really hits home or impresses me as much. Aesop for me was always my go to where ever I was, late nights in the studio, walking home from work, sitting in a cafe alone or ridding the train, it was more often than not that it was Aesop blasting through my headphones.
Through my brother and through Hip Hop, I was introduced and fell in love with Graffiti, Pop Surrealism and Urban Art. Back then and way before Urban Art became the global beast it is now, Upper Playground was one of the first brands to combine Art, Music and Urban Culture in California and really played a huge role in forming the Urban Art culture I know and love today. Along side UP, Aesop was a big supporter of art, he worked with Jeremy Fish to do his album art in the very beginning and really helped create this cross over from Underground music and Urban Art. All of this helped create a platform for this culture to thrive, a culture and community I felt at home with.
Now many years later and on the other side of the world, I still listen to Aesop to bring me back to my roots, to remind me where I came from and who I am. It may seem silly, but not many people in London even know who Aesop Rock is, so I often get strange looks when I sing every lyric from every song on my walk home wearing an Upper Playground t-shirt designed by Jeremy Fish.
But knowing that Aesop is still writing and making the most mind twisting videos makes me very content, it makes me feel at home in some strange way, even though I am no where near where I grew up. No matter where I am, or what I am doing, If I have Aesop playing it all feels familiar.
Ok, I've had my rant and expressed my love for this guy...so now go and enjoy his new video, a awesome combination of poetry, art, beats and creativity.