Aesop Rock is preparing to drop a self-produced album, called The Impossible Kid, at the end of April via Rhymesayers. I’m sure you’ve already heard about that, though. We haven’t seen a solo project since 2012’s Skelethon, so I’m extra pumped for this one. “Rings” is the first single and music video to drop, and Aesop said the following regarding inspiration for the song: “Rings reflects on my failure as a visual artist, and some of the regret Iâ€™ve experienced in regards to not pursuing it further.”
Directed by Rob Shaw, we see Aesop Rock hit by a car, his blood spills on the asphalt, and his head gets cut in half on an operating table where surgeons open his mind’s wooden drawers to remove old art supplies and we watch his former artistic life unfold with incredible visual animations. His lyrics are introspective and somber, and crafted with witty art lingo and metaphors. I love it. A lot of what Aes speaks on reminds me of a conversation that I had with my best friend’s husband last night, about how he used to love / be really good at drawing, but lost touch with it along the way of life. Anyway, very dope song and I can’t wait to hear the rest. Watch the video below and hit those pre-order links.