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Aesop Rock, ‘Skelethon’
San Francisco based Aesop Rock makes uncompromising, polarizing hip-hop and you either connect to his cerebral verbal intensity or tune it out like Charlie Brown listening to his teachers. His first record in five years is penetrating with demanding verses exploring existential questions like isolation, emotional healing, and self discovery (“ZZZ Top”). The songs are layered and contain enough offbeat rhymes, assonance, and clever wordplay that he'll have other MCs scurrying for a dictionary.