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Aesop Rock: None Shall Pass

3.7 Stars (12 customer reviews)
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    Created over a 2 year period following his last release, None Shall Pass unravels retrospectively, documenting not only much personal change Aesop experienced over these years, but also scenes and stories indicative of all ages of life. This album touches on the experiences all humans encounter as they reach the age of adulthood: being judged independently, moving to a new place, the relationships that one builds with others no matter how big or small. Snapshots of life from all viewpoints are brought to the forefront here; "39 Thieves" tells the tale of high school mischief, "The Harbor is Yours" embodies the viewpoint of a children's story, "Fumes" examines the ever too common story of relationships gone sour due to drug abuse. Forgoing the typical stance of braggadocio everpresent in underground and mainstream hip-hop alike, Aesop Rock investigates and examines himself and others on this album, likening the title phrase to the inevitable judgment that everyone must encounter by their peers based solely on their actions.
    Production on None Shall Pass also is a vital strong point, with the majority of production duties handled by Aesop's longtime partner Blockhead, labelmate and friend Rob Sonic and Aesop confidently producing a large portion of his own tracks, not including a trademark dystopian banger by Def Jux label-head El-P ("Gun For The Whole Family") and features the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle on the album closer "Coffee". DJ Big Wiz also has a large presence on the album, appearing on 13 out of 14 tracks and offering a devastating rebuttal to those that say the art of scratching is dead. The duality of Aesop's hectic stream-of-thought coupled with the complex production on this album makes no exception to Aesop Rock's consistent pedigree, blazing a trail far ahead of his peers with an album that will be followed for years to come.

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    1. Keep Off the Lawn
    Producer: Aesop Rock
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    2. None Shall Pass
    Producer: Blockhead
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    3. Catacomb Kids
    Producer: Aesop Rock
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    4. Bring Back Pluto
    Producers: Blockhead; Aesop Rock
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    5. Fumes
    Producer: Blockhead
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    6. Getaway Car
    featuring Breeze Brewin (of Juggaknots); Cage
    Producers: Blockhead; Aesop Rock
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    7. 39 Thieves
    Producer: Aesop Rock
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    8. The Harbor is Yours
    Producers: Blockhead; Aesop Rock
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    9. Citronella
    Producer: Aesop Rock
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    10. Gun for the Whole Family
    Producer: El-P
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    11. Five Fingers
    Producers: Aesop Rock; Blockhead
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    12. No City
    Producers: Blockhead; El-P
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    13. Dark Heart News
    Producer: Rob Sonic
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    14. Coffee
    featuring John Darnielle
    Producers: Blockhead; Aesop Rock
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    3.7 Stars (3.7 Stars )
    Total Comments: 12
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/4/2012 8:56:00 PM; Partial IP: 08.208.177)
    Location: Palm Beach Garden, Florida
    Comment: Classic album, is definitely not a weak album from Aesop Rock and don't let the haters lie to ya. None Shall Pass is a must buy, give some time to listen and the music will win you over.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 4/19/2012 6:59:00 PM; Partial IP: .66.200.49)
    Location: sunny san diego(:
    Comment: I love Aesop but... this album sucks... but I like the song none shall pass(: haha thats about it.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/8/2011 5:38:00 AM; Partial IP: 138.55.210)
    Location: réunion island
    Comment: aesop & def jux the good combination
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/6/2010 2:51:00 PM; Partial IP: .11.55.205)
    Location: Canada
    Comment: Excellent production-------------------------original and enjoyable beats--------------------state-dependent enjoyment levels.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/21/2010 5:40:00 PM; Partial IP: .139.59.98)
    Location: HOLLYHOOD FLA
    Comment: I agree that I do skip over a few trax but this is prob my favorite Aesop album 39 thieves pluto, fumes, and gun for the whole fam are all great trax def worth the doe$
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/4/2010 1:01:00 PM; Partial IP: .52.219.20)
    Location: Munich, Germany
    Comment: Honestly anyone who says this album isnt worth the money is wrong. first up the beats are by blockhead if anyone right now is something like I wtf then go look it up... blockheads beats are in a great combo to ARs flow seriously has anyone tried to freestlye to the song daylight?? its really not that easy anyway the lyrics dont really lack the defined depth but more the similar thought it seems like hes putting together words for the words sake and not because it makes sense for anyone out for a great aesop album check out labour days... aight pce
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/20/2010 2:10:00 PM; Partial IP: 54.209.159)
    Location: MA
    Comment: This album was dope. I remember buying it when it came out, nice summer day. It was a dope listen.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/16/2010 7:13:00 AM; Partial IP: 53.147.113)
    Location: bay area, cali
    Comment: Great album. Although I felt as if some tracks had long intros and knew some people would skip it. Which I did myself once or twice. I would give it 5/5 if it would include his best song of late, "Tomorrow Morning". That is a must have.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 11/22/2009 2:50:00 PM; Partial IP: .99.47.130)
    Location: Phila
    Comment: This album makes me wanna shit my pants
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/11/2008 12:59:00 PM; Partial IP: .252.27.60)
    Location: Moncton, Canada
    Comment: Great beats. Great raps. Great consistency. The lyrics lack depth and variety.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/9/2008 10:26:00 PM; Partial IP: .148.90.56)
    Location: Slidell, LA
    Comment: i like this new album because the production meshes well with what I believe is a gradual return to the "Float" aesop that made me a fan to begin with.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/18/2008 10:56:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: VT
    Comment: First off, the beats on this album are TIGHT, it's not just the single that bumps. Second, this feels like a real album, which is not true for all hip hop albums; this is a finished product, not a demo-sounding CD with 5 guests on each track.
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