It seemed long overdue when living lexicon Aesop Rock signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment in 2011.
Since that signing, the verbose emcee has been on a tear, releasing music alongside Rob Sonic as Hail Mary Mallon, Kimya Dawson as the Uncluded, and Homeboy Sandman, as well as a triumphant solo record, 2012's Skelethon. Now, Rock is back on his solo grind, announcing the follow-up to Skelethon, entitled The Impossible Kid, out April 29 on his new-ish home of RSE.
The album was produced entirely by Rock himself, a trend that's been building ever since he did the beatwork for Slug/Murs' collaborative Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez. Cover art will be provided by Alex Pardee, who's done all of Rock's solo album art since 2007's None Shall Pass. Wednesday's album announcement also came with a video for lead single "Rings," in which Rock quite literally dissects his mind for the audience.
Check that steezy new RSE logo at the end.
Rock's long been affiliated with RSE honcho Slug, even being in the loose collective the Orphanage with the Minneapolis storyteller. After his famed indie-rap label Definitive Jux went on indefinite hiatus in 2010, the frog-throated rhymer moved over to Rhymesayers. He was even a featured act at the label's 20-year concert celebration last December at the Target Center.
Pre-orders of The Impossible Kid are on sale now via Fifth Element. Physical orders come with an autographed insert from Rock himself. The tracklist for The Impossible Kid is below.
1) Mystery Fish
3) Lotta Years
7) Blood Sandwich
8) Get Out of the Car
12) Lazy Eye
14) Water Tower