Aesop Rock and Blockhead are back at it.
With a working relationship that stretches back to the late 90’s, the gifted wordsmith and enlightened producer have reunited to release their first collaborative album, Garbology.
Garbology came together in the midst of Aesop processing the loss of a close friend in January of 2020. “The world got real weird during those months,” he says. “I knew at some point I had to get back to making something. Make a beat. Draw a picture. Write. Just go. But the idea of making a beat felt like math homework, and drawing is just so hard. Writing is hard too, but at some point I had to pick one.”
“Garbology is defined as the study of the material discarded by a society to learn what it reveals about social or cultural patterns,” he continues. “I find a lot of parallels between that and the idea of picking up the pieces after a loss or period of intense unrest, and seeing what’s really there. It’s information that speaks to who I am, who we are, and how we move forward. Furthermore – the idea of digging through old, often neglected music from another time with an ear tuned for taking in that data in a different way than your average listener would is exactly what Block does. Go through the information and see what you find.”
Led by their “Jazz Hands” single, the album checks in with 14 tracks and a lone feature from Ace Rizzle’s LICE counterpart, Homeboy Sandman. Along with a video for “Jazz Hands,” the album can be heard in its entirety below.