Aesop Rock - Bazookatooth (Cover Artwork)

Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock: BazookatoothBazookatooth (2003)
Def Jux

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: alkalinetrio0087alkalinetrio0087
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(in my car, on the way to a local show) steve (staring at cds): you got any atmosphere? me: didn't bring any. you know aesop rock? steve: heard of him... or it... me: him steve: ok me: yeah it's kind of like atmosphere... except he doesn't rap about girls steve: then it's not l.

(in my car, on the way to a local show)

steve (staring at cds): you got any atmosphere?

me: didn't bring any. you know aesop rock?

steve: heard of him... or it...

me: him

steve: ok

me: yeah it's kind of like atmosphere... except he doesn't rap about girls

steve: then it's not like atmosphere

me: fair enough

steve: put it in

me: ok

(starts playing)

steve: this is fucked up

me: yeah the lyrics are more abstract

steve: the beats suck, its like star wars or some shit

me: its kinda noisy, yeah, but thats def jux

steve: man fuck this

(ejects cd and puts in anti-flag)

If you're expecting rap about ladies ala Atmosphere and straight up beats with conventional samples and the same fucking snare pattern rappers have been using since 1983, then don't even listen to this shit. But if you want to listen to some rhymes with fucking amazing images, sweet hooks and futuristic backbeats, then pick it up. Bazookatooth isn't Aesop's best, though, and his LP Labor Days is probably the best one to pick up first. It's less noisy and the hooks are easier, although the lyrics are just as dense and poetic.


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Anonymous (October 22, 2005)

can o niggaz

Cos (September 25, 2004)

Brother Ali destroys all this shit you kids are talking about.


Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

I have no penis.


fistchode (September 24, 2004)

I hope hiphop is the new trend, then people will stop calling me trendy for liking alkaline trio

and first I thought my review didn't get posted because, yes, it did suck ass.. and after reading this.. yes.. my review must've sucked ass.

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

Hahaha...what's even better...this lame review-writing loser has a xanga link in his user profile. Let's all go there and point and laugh at his trendy wannabe loserness.


Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

You know what the fuck I'm talking about. Everyone and their mom loves Atmosphere now. Aesop Rock and Mel Gibson and the Pants and even Sage Francis are now getting popular among these indie/punk kids. Fuck this. Sure, I think Sage has got some flow, but this shit isn't hip-hop. This is a distinct emulation of a genre. It's nice to listen to, but I've had enough of indie rock/punk white boys listening to other indie rock/punk white boys trying to rap and thinking that their music tastes are legit.

Besides, Alkaline Trio are the worst, most overrated band ever. Seriously. It's a FUCKING pop punk trio. It's nothing more thank Blink-182. Yeah, I said it. REPRESENT!


Oh, to the guy who says he only listens to "underground hip-hop" - name dropping Slug like he's something different from Atmosphere doesn't make you cool. Being on Epitaph makes you not underground.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

Fuckin stupid kids talkin about shit they don't know anything about. I'm talkin about you Jesse. There is a hip new trend to like hip hop? Like since '85.

BTW review fucking blows. Seriously.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

louis logic, eh?

i thought he was a major highlight of vaudville villain but haven't heard anything else from him. if he regularly shows as much talent as he did on the vaughn track, i may have to check out "sin-o-matic"

btw, his new(er) release "blame it on the hooch" has some of the best cover art i've seen in a while.

greg0rb (September 23, 2004)

Never heard this, but after reading the comments I'd thought I'd let you know from a reviewer (and friend of Scott's) that one thing he still does is post the reviews.

So this shit review is his fault! haaaaaa Well I guess it's the writer's too.

prankish (September 23, 2004)

The chorus of Makeshift Patriot is admittedly pretty godawful, but I thought the sublime backdrop and beats made the power of the lyrics stand out a tad more... I don't think it was really a song written with any emphasis on shaking your ass or bobbing your head...

...but man, that chorus is pretty terrible...

Haha, my roommate and I do an acoustic cover of it. It's... interesting, to say the least.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

Oh, and for those who don't like this 'abstract dogshit', check out Louis Logic's 'Sin-A-Matic'. It's amazing.

Icapped2pac (September 23, 2004)

Also, try listening to Vast Aire's (Can Ox) solo album and tell me that motherfucker's got ANYTHING to say. It wasn't even worth the hard drive space.

Icapped2pac (September 23, 2004)

Yo prankish, though the lyrics may have been prophetic, the beat for "Makeshift Patriot" couldn't have been more uninteresting. He should've hit up DJ Premier or Pete Rock for a remix, then maybe people would've taken notice.

To the dude who mentioned the Killa Bees comp, yeah that disc was pretty tight, but that's mostly because it had a bunch of young hungry Wu-affiliates on the album and a range of producers.

Also, it's definitely no 36 Chambers, but the last Wu album "Iron Flag" went under a lot of peoples' radars. It had a few bangers worth checking for on it (Rules, Uzi (Pinky Ring)). Or maybe they just seemed good because "The W" was so fucking bad.

prankish (September 23, 2004)

Actually my comment was directed at Jesse, who hints at the "hip new trend of liking hip hop" and then goes on to berate Aesop. Is this review garbage? Yes. But that has nothing to do with labeling fans of music you don't appreciate as mere trend whores.

You're correct in saying I sound angry, because the ignorance of the children labeling eachother every chance they get starts to weigh you down over time. It's gotten to the point that liking anything; anything at all, ever, in the history of things to like is nothing more than latching on to a trend. Hell, even if you like the same things as the person accusing you of being trendy, you obviously only like them because you're copying them to be cool. There's no plausible way to appreciate music because it's GOOD, that right is reserved for the most pathetically pretentious and elitist amongst us.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

I love Aesop Rock. I love Bazooka Tooth.

Yes, I am a backpacker when it comes to hip-hop (for those who don't know - a backpacker is someone who only listens to underground hip-hop, sometimes used negatively). This record takes a few listens to get a feel for. After listening to 'Labour' over and over, 'Bazooka Tooth' took some getting use to. The flow and beats seem really illogical until you get a hang of what he's trying to do. And when you do figure it out - shit, it's awesome.

The highlight of the record is 'The Greatest Pac-Man Victory', which is about LSD and the end of Aes' drug useage. He spits a verse in which each word starts with the letters L then S then D. Example 'Lazy Summer Days Like Some Decript Land Shark ...'. It's so rad.

If you're looking to get into this type of rap (which I think you totally should, there's some real talent here), look into: Slug, Sage Francis, Louis Logic, MF Doom, Ill Bill, Cunninlynguists, Tonedeff, Extended Famm, Demigodz, Company Flow, 7L & Esoteric ...

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

to the comment below:

who are you directing your comment to? the majority of negative comments have been directed at the review itself and not the album. if i were you, i would wait until someone actually calls you or anyone else "trendy" before you go around accusing people of it. i'm surprised you have a user name, as that means you must come to the site a lot. your views on "punks" and "poseurs" would normally come from someone who doesn't know what they're talking about, and doesn't go to a "punk" site enough to go through the trouble of getting a username. it seems like you have a lot of anger, i'd just try redirecting it somewhere else. that's all.

prankish (September 23, 2004)

Wow, I love the "punk" mentality:

"If you like something I don't, then you're just doing it to be trendy."

God fucking forbid someone likes hip hop! What a fucking poseur they must be! Seems to me that YOU'RE the only one concerned with trends here... and it's a god damn shame that you'd let that dictate what you listen to, much less try and apply that standard to other people.

Not Aesop's best album, though still a good listen... and while Wu Tang is up on my favorites list, I still think the current "oh so trendy" Aesop/Sage Francis/Cannibal Ox generation of hip hop has some more interesting things to say.

Sage Francis - Makeshift Patriot

Was written a month after September 11th, and the lyrics are a hauntingly accurate satire of the direction of things to come... even when it was practically sacreligious to say something bad about America, he wrote a song questioning Sept. 11th before it was "trendy" to question it... so hey maybe you'll like it.

Bowen (September 23, 2004)

Why is this review so bad? It made me understand or at least have an idea what the music sounds like...

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

that was me, fucking ie

-el vaquero

yes, i love ace rizzle, but i can back it up.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

needs a few more stars, oh, yeah, this man is managed by my cousin. iss family biitch!

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

"Let me specify - Wu-Tang only made one album - 36 Chambers. I like to pretend that all the other stuff was never recorded.


Gang Starr is the shit."

Couldn't agree more, with the exception of Public Enemy, Gang Starr pretty much blows everything else outta the water!

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

Aesop Rock does indeed rap about girls.

Listen to float, NOW.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

Killa Bees wasn't terrible...

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

Let me specify - Wu-Tang only made one album - 36 Chambers. I like to pretend that all the other stuff was never recorded.


Gang Starr is the shit.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

dope white rappers: lexicon

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

I agree. The Clan is nothing anymore. Might as well say "Dude, give me early era NWA".


Icapped2pac (September 22, 2004)

Jesse, your comment about the Wu might have been relevant about 6 years ago, but now the only ones still holding it down are Ghost & GZA. Meth is a fuckin joke (Tical 0 wasn't even worth the time it took to download), Deck rhymes like fire but fell flat on his face with that last album, U-God hates everybodyelse in the clan now, RZA lost his beatmaking touch a while ago, and Raekwon is still trying to ride off the Cuban Linx rep while making mediocre records. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Don't think I'm saying Aesop is any better, though. I applaud him for being different, but I can't stand this CD. Give me some Gang Starr or Justus League over this shit anyday.

And yes, this review is a fucking joke.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

I like this CD and Aesop Rock. And you should have killed your friend for taking this out to put Anti-Flag in.

YellowcardSucks (September 22, 2004)

You guys are mis-directing your anger so allow me to help you;

Be angry at the review.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

"I'm fucking sick and tired of whiney ass losers thinking they know hip-hop because they listen to a bunch of white boys rap about girls. Fuck this shit. Give me Wu-Tang anyday. Anyone in the Clan could slay this hack in two seconds."

Someone missed the fucking point. And in Mr. Rock's defense, he doesn't rap about girls (unless you count Little Lucy in 'No Regrets', but I'll be damned if that track is anywhere near what Atmosphere tries to pass off as deep and thoughtful).

-Gabe Vendetta

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

Leave it to someone with "Alkaline Trio" in their moniker to write a shitty review for the hip new trend of liking hip-hop. It's like Atmosphere but better? Give me a fucking break.

I'm fucking sick and tired of whiney ass losers thinking they know hip-hop because they listen to a bunch of white boys rap about girls. Fuck this shit. Give me Wu-Tang anyday. Anyone in the Clan could slay this hack in two seconds.


Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

Aesop Rock>Atmosphere

CrankWillDestroy (September 22, 2004)

aesop is alright.
non phixion is better.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

Good labum, fair review.

xmidipunkbastardx (September 22, 2004)

record's great.
review sucks.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

Wow, I can't believe someone reviewed this on here!! I love this record!

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

I agree. It's unfortunate that this review had to be posted. At first, I was a little excited to see an Aesop Rock review posted on the site. But considering how long ago Bazooka Tooth came out and how this record has presumably grown on most people by now despite the contrast in production style from the last one, I still wasn't expecting a whole lot in terms of groundbreaking material in this review. Nonetheless, I still expected more than this thoughtless entry. In all fairness to the reviewer, no one else submitted anything and there's been ample time so I guess we can't really complain. Anways, a Madvillain review might be nice. But in all honesty, anyone requesting a Madvillain review already has the disc, already knows how good it is and really doesn't need anyone else to tell you that. .

hey_sailor (September 21, 2004)

Haha...possibly the worst review ever...the album is great though

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

"mf doom"

that's really all that needs to be said. mm...food should blow every hip hop/rap album out of the fuckin water when it's finally released. and if aesop can be reviewed, why didn't anyone review madvillain?

TrailerParkJesus (September 21, 2004)

I happen to know for a fact that Brian didn't post this review.

yemen88 (September 21, 2004)

I don't write reviews but that was a god awful review and the music doesn't seem like it's much better.

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

Mf doom

Anchors (September 21, 2004)

I submit two solid reviews for two solid albums, and this shit gets posted.

Bring back Scott.

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

Reviews like this wouldn't happen if Scott were still around!

Let's go burn down AP's offices.

TrailerParkJesus (September 21, 2004)

divide my score by 10.

that is the score for the review.

jesus... don't ever put your hands on a keyboard again.

YellowcardSucks (September 21, 2004)

Adam, Aubin, Brian, to whom else it may concern,

Guys, you've got to be joking.

How about some review standards, please.

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

Can't stand this stuff. Don't know why, but I'm just not feeling Aesop's flow. It's like Weezer, really. In reverse. I don't know why I like them, they just kind of have a vibe I like...Aesop Rock...not so much. This is coming from a kid who's street cred pretty much stops at having heard the last two MF Doom albums though, so whatever.

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