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Aesop Rock & L.I.F.E. Long - 'Innercity Hustle' (Audio MP3 Stream)


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Listens:16134
Producer:Hipsta
Label:Embedded Music
Date added:10/25/2002
Song time:4:54
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3.2 Stars(3.2 Stars)
Total Comments: 10
4 Stars
Name: milkcratebandit (Posted: 8/19/2003 10:55:00 PM)
Summary: Reppin Tight Jeans What
Comment: Yeah, I'm one of those “white kids with mesh caps and tight ass jeans.” One of those annoying snot-nosed honkeys that actually listens to sh*t other than the latest hip-hop 12"s. First of all, this beat is ridiculous. The upright bass loop is catchy, it drew me in right away. The way Hipsta worked the hi-hat pattern around it and made it swing is ill. If any of you ignoramuses actually had attention spans, you'd notice the subtleties that make this beat so great. Yes, he keeps the bass loop going, but he uses that to ground the track while he goes nuts with the drums and effects. Aesop keeps it on point with one of his trademark hooks, you know, the kind that kids will be putting in their AIM profiles. I actually got an email from some kid the other day who said he was a "student of Aesop Rock" and that he wanted to discuss his lyrics with other "disciples." I'm not that much of a herb, but I'm still pretty herby.
4 Stars
Name: PhobikONE503 (Posted: 1/26/2003 4:18:00 PM)
Summary: Beats Off The Track!!!!
Comment: Okay this cat Hipsta has got skills with the drums, with a simplistic melody plucked guitar and some weird sound effects but does the job correct. Aesop is ill, ya'll know what to expect, and he gives it to you like always. Now L.I.F.E. Long is something that shocked me. He's nice but not the illest I've heard he shines in his own light but not over Aesop. These cats got it nice though -8/10.
4 Stars
Name: hanus (Posted: 1/20/2003 11:57:00 AM)
Summary: Nicetrack
Comment: I met L.I.F.E. on my trip to NYC. He's a nice guy. I caught him slingin CD's in front of Fat Beats which gives this song true meaning. Aesop and L.I.F.E. are nice toghether. The beat is mellow. Definitely worth checking out.
3 Stars
Name: dexterous (Posted: 11/22/2002 1:07:00 PM)
Summary: Pretty Good I Guess
Comment: Since the year 2000 no one has put out close to the amount of great songs that Aesop has. He's by far the best mc today (in my mind). Almost every song on “Float” was classic, every song on “Labor” was classic, and there were a few from the “Day Light” EP that were classic (the hidden track for example). That being said, there are only a handful of mc's in the world that could hope to come close to touching Ace on this track. By Ace's standards, however, the verses aren't all that great. I think he wrote his verses real quick for this song, but once again they're still better than basically anybody else could hope to do. I don't really like Life Long, he doesn't really suck, but I just don't like him. Also, the beat does not stand out to me.
3 Stars
Name: T-Dot cat (Posted: 11/16/2002 11:10:00 PM)
Summary: Not His Best Work, But Alright
Comment: Overall, this track is alright. Ace Rock shows his dexterity as well as the ability to sound tight over a beat that isn't dark as hell “Nickle Plated Pockets.” As far as Ace's "minions," at least they are catching the message. Would you prefer them pumping Puffy and Jah?
1 Star
Name: Willimaze (Posted: 11/15/2002 10:49:00 PM)
Summary: Garbage
Comment: This song has nothing going for it. It's lame, boring, and has no point. Talking about the inner city struggle appeals to me but this song has no soul and no flavor.
4 Stars
Name: Context (Posted: 11/1/2002 9:05:00 AM)
Summary: Fresh
Comment: Ace comes off nicely over this beat. I would expect L.I.F.E. to be outshined by Ace but he comes nicely and is a good addition to the song. This track is on some vibin' sh*t.
3 Stars
Name: sHaDe604 (Posted: 10/30/2002 11:10:00 PM)
Summary: Disappointed
Comment: As a really big Aesop Rock fan I must say I'm quite disappointed. I've listened to a lot of his tracks and this one didn't really impress me. I like the intro, it’s pretty catchy, but eventually it just gets a bit too repetitive. What I particularly like about Aesop, as an artist, is his ability to use various sounds and beats instead of sticking to one repetitive beat, but he doesn't do that in this track. The lyrics are pretty good though- no doubt!
3 Stars
Name: sunview (Posted: 10/26/2002 10:25:00 PM)
Summary: ...
Comment: Although I’m not a fan of this style drum pattern Hipsta pulls it off quite nicely. Ace and L.I.F.E seem to have good chemistry, overall making this a decent track.
Name: Food Stamp (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 10/25/2002 11:37:00 PM)
Location: Oregon, USA
Comment: It’s not Aesop Rock’s fault that he’s become the emcee of choice in trendy coffee shops and shoe stores. So don’t ask me why there’s an influx of white kids with mesh caps and tight ass jeans on at any Ace show. Put his minions aside and Ace just continues to drop tighties and hasn’t, in my slightly withered mind, reached the zenith of his career. L.I.F.E Long joins Aesop on the verbals for the making of a formidable vocal team. Add Hipsta’s boisterous beat and you’ll see why Embedded Music is just steps ahead of many labels.

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