It’s been nine years since Def Jux rapper Camu Tao passed after a battle with lung cancer. He still lives on through the music of his contemporaries like El-P and Aesop Rock, who rapped about how Tao’s death affects him even nearly a decade later on “Get Out Of The Car” from his last album, The Impossible Kid.
“If I zoom on out I can finally admit, it’s all been a blur since Mu got sick,” Rock rapped amidst a verse about coming to terms with depression and coping with Tao’s death. In the video, which you can watch below, Aesop raps the song while sketches of Camu are drawn out behind him.
I remember it was hard to write a song about him. Skelethon was when I started thinking about trying – but I knew I wouldn't really be able to approach the subject head on. I ended up making Crows 1 and 2, which are death-heavy and certainly inspired by the emotions in the years following Mu's death. I was able to talk about it while abstracting it enough to at least get the words out. I was also able to get in a light-hearted story about him on Racing Stripes. Later I was able to write something more concise about his passing on @KimyaDawson's Walk Like Thunder, and once again on Get Out of the Car from The Impossible Kid. I dunno. I'm just talking.