Aesop Rock, one of under­ground hip-hop’s most endur­ing and illu­min­at­ing tal­ents, has just shared a second single lead­ing into the release of his new album Spir­it World Field Guide (set for release on Novem­ber 13 via Rhymesay­ers)
“Pizza Alley” picks up right where pre­vi­ous track “The Gates” left off, pulling listen­ers deep­er into a broad­en­ing nar­rat­ive that is rife with increas­ingly unhinged and hal­lu­cin­at­ory imagery and anim­a­tions, an apt par­al­lel to the song’s lyr­ic­ally labyrinthi­an pae­an to the album’s tit­u­lar world.
The visu­al was dir­ec­ted by Aeso­p’s long­time col­lab­or­at­or Rob Shaw, with illus­trac­tions by Justin “Coro” Kauf­man, who also designed the album’s vivid art­work and pack­aging.
The col­lec­tion, argu­ably the most expans­ive and ambi­tious work in the verb­ose MC/producer’s stor­ied career, is a concept album of sorts; a guide to an upside-down world revealed across 21 insight­ful chapters of firsthand know-how of the ter­rain, wild­life, and social cus­toms of our par­al­lel uni­verse. The world explored on the album bears a lot of sim­il­ar­it­ies to our own, espe­cially in its cur­rent state.
The free-float­ing anxi­ety, the loom­ing exist­en­tial dread, the para­noia and sus­pi­cion that define our moment? It’s all famil­i­ar turf for Aesop. The path through the Spir­it World is the path to free­dom, and while Aesop will show you the way, he won’t hold your hand. He can’t.
We all have to take this jour­ney ourselves. There aren’t any short­cuts, but if you keep your ears open you will find the way.
“Spir­it World Field Guide” is out on 13th Novem­ber–­it­World­FieldGuide

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.