Aesop Rock is one of our contributing writers and one of the finest hip-hop artists in the land. His new Felt 3 album with Slug and Murs was a great addition to the 2009 music scene.
We asked Aesop a few questions about his year, the decade, the future, and YouTube.
1) What is the best thing you did all year? Personal or professional?
I mostly get satisfaction from working, so probably the recording of the Felt 3 record with Murs and Slug. And now, just sitting and taking the time to write my next record. It’s the best.
2) If you could get one thing as a gift this holiday, what would it be?
I would probably get some lame piece of studio gear. I wish I had a mini-ramp in my apartment, so that too. And a dog. And a landlord that allows dogs. And shoulder surgery. And maybe some laser eye surgery.
3) What is the best song or album (they still make those, right?) of 2009?
Loved Raekwon’s whole record, and I would take “Surgical Gloves” if I had to pick one song off of it. Also really got addicted to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s “Home”, which was pointed out to me by a friend a month or so ago. Loved “Get’em Lo” off Camp Lo’s Another Heist album.
4) At the close of the decade, who is your favorite fine artist?
I guess I would say Chris Ware. He is the one person over the last 10 years whom I have actively sought out and bought all of his books. I still go through his books on a weekly basis. I really find his work pretty mind-blowing.
5) Favorite news story of the year?
6) Favorite movie of 2009?
Loved Bronson (maybe 2008). Loved Tekkonkinkreet (maybe released in the US in 09?). I just saw The Fantastic Mr. Fox and loved it. ICP: A Family Underground was awesome, too. I watch a lot of movies, I could do this all day. The Room— yes.
7) Which magazines to you still read and that you feel are still essential?
National Geographic is the only magazine I read cover to cover on a monthly basis.
In the future, there are going to be really cool and or interesting things being made. Like a Tablet to read an interactive magazine. Are you looking forward to this thing they call the future?
Yeah the future is cool. It’s weird though because I’ve always been a gadget guy, like I always bought stupid gadgets and futuristic shit. But now it’s all on your laptop. Gadgets are going away. You got your superphone/computer, and your home computer. I guess I always look forward to seeing what’s new in the video game world. I don’t have as much time to play as I used to, but I like to see the top notch shit. I guess that’s it. Ready for the future
9) What is your favorite YouTube video?
This probably changes daily, so I will just go with this classic:
10) What are you most hopeful of in the next 10 years? Obama has got maybe 3 more years, a war is about to start once again, MJ is not in residence in London, the Internet isn’t that cool, and the economy is still the shits. Give us a good vibe to leave on….
I hope that in times of turbulence people turn to the arts. The war, Obama, economy, MJ,I dunno man, I tune out. The only thing that keeps me moving is that I allow myself to be affected by art. I invest in it, and I subscribe to it. I think art, music, movies, creative shit in general is not looked to enough in these times. People need an “escape” now more than ever. I think maybe I’m not answering the question right, but fuggit. Go get psyched on something.
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