For someone so closely related to a bygone era – the late 90's, the years of backpacker rap – Aesop Rock is aging rather well. At least, he is not giving up. Now part of the Rhymesyaers crew, he released in 2012 one of his finest albums, the self-produced Skelethon. And the year after, he launched The Uncluded, a duo with the Moldy Peaches's Kimya Dawson, somehow the counterpart of Aes for folk rock, its intellectual and bohemian side. Also, in 2014, he launched again a project he had initiated a few years earlier, Hail Mary Mallon, a trio with DJ Big Wiz, and another unsung hero of New-York's indie rap scene: Rob Sonic, of Sonic Sum.
AESOP ROCK - Appleseed
AESOP ROCK - Skelethon
Stimulated by the rise of a new generation of creative artists, the old underground from the late 90's is currently looking like it is back from the dead. In 2012, several of its key players - El-P, Bigg Jus, Brother Ali, I Self Devine, Busdriver, Dose One, Radioinactive, and even Mhz - released an album sometimes after long years of silence. The most relevant of all, though, may very well be Aesop Rock.