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Appleseed

by Aesop Rock

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trey winx ;)
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trey winx ;) beyond dope! please remaster music for earthworms next Favorite track: Blue in the Face.
JKBlohm
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JKBlohm I found out about Aes in reverse starting from None Shall Pass, and man, I love his earlier stuff, especially when it's a slower (and sometimes darker) beat. Favorite track: Same Space (The Tugboat Complex, part 2).
v i r g o v a n d a l
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v i r g o v a n d a l alright alright alright now we just need float on here, but (why did I have to put a butt in there? God I love butts, but I was created in his image so God fucking Loves butts!) ha I can see you smilin’ “ fast cars, danger, fire, and knives would be nice too… Favorite track: 1,000 Deaths.
Joncliff McKinley
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Joncliff McKinley YOOOOO let's fuckin go Aes! I was just talking the other day about how good Dryspell is. Favorite track: Dryspell.
desmond bouey
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desmond bouey Amazing album, the energy of Aesop at this time is so raw and energetic. Paired with symbolic rhymes, this is a fascinating record.
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Irish Requin Music for Earthworms next plz!
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Dryspell 04:33
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Sick Friend 04:32
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Hold the Cup 05:00
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1,000 Deaths 03:45
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The explosion of indie Hip Hop labels in the early 90s resulted in an ongoing snowball effect that started to shift the narrative around an artist's need to sign to a major label. Coincidentally, quality home recording equipment was also becoming more easily accessible and, with the rising popularity of CD-R technology, this allowed artists to write, record, and manufacture their own albums right at home.
Appleseed was a highly celebrated and influential release from that era, cementing Aesop Rock as a new face whose talent could not be denied. The album explores creative concepts with inventive writing and stripped-down yet melodic and melancholic production. Six out of the eight songs were produced by Aesop Rock, with Omega One producing “Sick Friend” and longtime collaborator Blockhead handling “1000 Deaths”, and the project's sole guest lyricist was Doseone.

The DIY process was followed in every aspect, as Aesop himself recalls, “I did the Appleseed hand style while working at Tepper Galleries in NYC. The cover was made at Kinko’s. The first Appleseed CD’s were CD-R’s I duped at home and sold from my backpack at an MF DOOM show at Brownies, which was right below my apartment at the time. I continued to sell hand to hand in NY, while Blockhead started fielding some mail orders from a young internet. People would send us cash or a check, and he’d cut the covers out and mail them off.“

The two of them were able to move a couple thousand CDs that way before turning their attention to newer projects, particularly Float in Aesop’s case. As a result, Appleseed went out of print for many years before resurfacing as a merch item on tour. However, in all that time it was only available on CD, directly from Aesop.

Finally, 21 years after its debut, Appleseed officially returns, now available on all digital platforms, as well as on vinyl for the first time!

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released June 18, 2021

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