Hail Mary Mallon - Are You Gonna Eat That? - Aesop Rock - Hip Hop Green Marbled 2LP
Hail Mary Mallon - Are You Gonna Eat That?
Label: Rhymesayers Entertainment
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Album, Green Marbled
new condition but open ( see pic)
Released: 07 Jun 2011
Genre: Hip Hop
A1 Church Pants
A4 Meter Feeder
B2 The Poconos
B3 Breakdance Beach
B4 Table Talk
C1 Mailbox Baseball
C2 Holy Driver
C4 Plagues And Bacon
HAIL MARY MALLON is Aesop Rock's first official album since his 2007 critically acclaimed release None Shall Pass. The group features Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, the name, album title "Are You Gonna Eat That?" and cover illustration by artist Coro pay homage to Mary Mallon, aka Typhoid Mary, the first person identified as a healthy carrier of typhoid. Mary Mallon was presumed to have infected 53 people, three of whom died, over the course of her career as a cook.
The long awaited feature length collaboration between two of hip hop's most unconventional MCs--Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic--has finally come to fruition in Hail Mary Mallon's debut effort, Are You Gonna' Eat That?, officially released by Rhymesayers Entertainment.
The project, both as a group and album, is a conceptual effort. Mary Mallon (also known as Typhoid Mary), is said to be the first person (on record) in the US to be identified as a healthy carrier of the typhoid virus. What's more, Mary Mallon was a cook by vocation, and depending upon who tells the story, you'll hear any number of casualties/infections which resulted from Ms. Mallon's unfortunate dedication to her profession. The obscurity of such a bizarre figure who, outside the minds of Aesop and Rob, would never intersect with the world of hip-hop, provides a perfect launching pad for this collaboration.
Aesop and Rob handle full responsibilities for the album's creation with the exception of one single accomplice, Dj Big Wiz (who establishes a subtle presence on the turntables). While the production of certain tracks are undeniably Rob Sonic ("Grubstake," "Plagues and Bacon," and "Breakdance Beach"), and others, clearly spawned on Aesop's laptop ("Church Pants" "Garfield," and "Smock"), the album as a whole, comes together in a seamlessly conjoined series of sporadic experimental sounds, arranged in distinct patterns to diverging rhythms, and of course, adorned with inventive, mind-bending lyrical imagery--all unparalleled in the genre.
In terms of production, this prog-hip-hop effort maintains a deliberate balance between an eerie, otherworldly ambiance, e.g., "The Poconos," "Smock," and "Garfield," and evenly spaced intermissions of pneumatic, light-hearted--and at times comical--tracks like "Breakdance Beach," and "Holy Driver." And for the finale, Are You Gonna' Eat That? is appropriately consummated in the closing track "D-Up," a song decidedly reminiscent of past Sonic-Aesop collaborations like "Dark Heart News" (off Aesop's, None Shall Pass), and "Smoke If You Got'um" (off Rob's, Sabotage Gigante).
Ultimately, we're offered an adventurous project that, while remaining true to each artist's signature peculiarities, ventures outside their respective comfort zones in this dynamic group effort. SO, for all that, what exactly is the concept of the album?
Well . . . considering the fact that Mary Mallon was a cook who infected those she served, who refused to stop cooking and continued to serve food despite carrying a highly contagious virus, it seems to me that Aes and Rob have assumed Ms. Mallon's role as hip-hop's healthy carriers of a creative pathogen known to combat the stagnant status-quo of the genre. So no, they aren't spreading a deadly disease, but they are, with futuristic sounds and postmodern word play, spreading an infectious alternative to the degenerating world of what we call "hip-hop."
Hail Mary Mallon - Garfield
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Hail Mary Mallon - Grubstake
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Hail Mary Mallon - The Poconos
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