Seconds
Aesop Rock - Daylight

By: Evan McGarvey
2007-08-21



Posted 08/21/2007 - 04:15:16 PM by syurix:
 Thank you for hipping me to this thing. And yes, I am guilty of being one of those people who can count on one hand the number of hip hop artists who have truly moved him but needs both in order to name all the bands he knows from almost any American city. Atmosphere was already on the warped tour by the time I started to be cognizant of underground hip hop, which means that I missed "Labor Days" by a couple of years and (through a combination of laziness and a failure to really be as unbiased about Hip Hop as I wish I was) never really backtracked for it. However, while I agree with the thing about there being two paths that most white youths get wrangled through, I think that ways 3 through infinity are as wide open as ever. There's a lot less distance between the musical density of Orthrelm and the lyrical density of someone like Busdriver than the cultural signifiers associated with each would lead anyone to believe. Despite the sentiment that "Daylight" documents, what I take from it is an aspiration towards the sort of cultural sea change that simply wasn't as fully realized at the time of that song's writing as it now is.
 
Posted 08/21/2007 - 05:12:36 PM by aroddick:
 My much less euridite thoughts; I still get shivers when I hear this one. Also worthwhile is the nightlife response on the Daylight EP.
 
Posted 08/21/2007 - 10:15:39 PM by theheightstx:
 wow--- a wealth of space about how aesop makes white boys feel good about hip-hop. perhaps a black person should right a seconds article about a black mayor makes them feel about politics.
 
Posted 08/21/2007 - 10:44:58 PM by Antithesis:
 syurix, I'm curious and perhaps rather slow-witted. What kind of cultural sea change are you referring to and what makes it more fully realized now?