Sadly, even while working in the "profitable" music industry I don't have much disposable income to do one of my favorite activities, purchase new albums. So this first installment of Tooth Picks is an album I bought almost a month ago and is old news to underground rap fans.
Released at the end of August, "None Shall Pass" is the fifth album by New York, vocab king Aesop Rock. I was nervous picking it up because the last full length Aes put out ("Bazooka Tooth") was less impressive than previous releases. "None Shall Pass" gets back to the Aes I grew to love years ago in junior high. I think most will agree that it was a good move bringing back Blockhead to produce the majority of the album.
Citronella - the beat bangs (surprisingly produced by Aesop Rock)
Popcorn - El P delivers a satisfying guest appearance
Coffee - An 89.3 Current-friendly song featuring an unlikely guest in John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.