Listen To Aesop Rock’s Next Album While Watching A Shot-For-Shot Remake Of “The Shining”
Since the late 1990s, Aesop Rock has been an artist in every since of the word. The Long Island, New York MC, poet, and visual artist has tackled multiple mediums in a career that includes six solo albums, as well as work with the Weathermen, The Uncluded, and Hail Mary Mallon. A product of both Definitive Jux and Rhymesayers movements, Aesop is gearing up for his seventh solo set—and first in nearly four years, The Impossible Kid.
Releasing Friday (April 29), the RSE album is being promoted in full via an online movie. However, it’s not your typical promotional album companion. Instead, Aesop and director Rob Shaw remade Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining featuring mini models taking the place of actors. With elaborate set design, intricate detail, and a lot of effort to capture the essence of the famed 1980 Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duval film spin on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name. What’s more, as the eye follows the artful creation, Heads can lean back to appreciate Aesop’s didactic excellence, witty wordplay, and heavy commentary throughout the 15-track LP.
Aesop was among the most-revered spitters during the late ’90s Underground Hip-Hop boom. Now living on the West Coast, signed to another label, and favoring vastly different sounds, he proves that he’s still a true original.