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Labor Days

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Labor
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Daylight
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Save Yourself
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Flashflood
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No Regrets
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One Brick feat. Illogic
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The Tugboat Complex pt. 3
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Coma
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Battery
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Boombox
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Bent Life feat. C-Rayz Walz
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The Yes and The Y'all
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9-5er's Anthem
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Shovel
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 61:04

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11.18.05
Labor Days is as good as you remember, possibly better.
2001 | Label: Definitive Jux / The Orchard

So many musical crimes have been committed in the name of "conscious hip-hop" in the years since Labor Days was released, it's become impossible to consider this gloomy forerunner with anything other than mounting skepticism. You've been in this situation before — returned to a book you loved in college only to find it hamfisted and overwritten, stared at your once-beloved Beat Generation box set with a mixture of dread and shame.

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Get it; no regrets

dbmcbb

Just hit -download all-; no regrets!

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If you don't already know Aesop

weeeezzll

Check out Boombox for a good taste off what the Aesop experiences is all about. "While bent funny bone grown community Spit a thousand and 1 ripples to cripple the continuity." And your hooked! lol

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buy it idiot

thatGuyHasToBeAjunky

seriously... if you haven't heard this ablum yet... It's time. AMAZING. more listenaable than the next few... A great into to aesop

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excellent in every respect

socraticirony

Lyrically, this is fantastic, dense and wonderfully witty and intelligent. The production is amazing, and complements the content and delivery perfectly. I couldn't have asked for a better, more engaging hip hop album. I only wonder how it escaped me for so long... "Daylight" is a standout, but the songs vary in tone and mood, and each one shines. I'm not usually so unabashed in my praise; this album just rocked my world.

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After finding an eager online audience for his dense soundscapes and even more complex rhymes, New York MC Aesop Rock released his most potent combination of words and music on his Def Jux debut. Crammed with references to history and mythology, as well as the usual pop-culture name checks, Aesop’s lyrics remain unusually verbose and intelligent here, but he’s also able to spin them into compelling stories. The best example is the bittersweet, follow-your-dreams saga of “No Regrets,” which chronicles a woman’s sacrifices for art from childhood to old age. Besides the wealth of detail, the song doesn’t sugarcoat the loneliness of its subject, even as it shows her at ease with her choices. And on “9-5ers Anthem,” Aesop — who still works a day job himself — allays any concerns about him being a hip-hop elitist, offering a shout out to the blue-collar masses. There are still instances where he gives his listeners simply too much information to process for a pop song (“The Tugboat Complex, Pt. 3″), but, overall, he does his best job yet at balancing smarts and accessibility. Of course, with such a focus on lyrics, it’s easy to ignore the beats behind them — but while the sampled backing is sometimes on the plain side, Labor Days contains some inventive bites from classical music, and more than a few tunes will grow on you, if given the chance. – Dan LeRoy

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