Hail Mary Mallon, 'Are You Gonna Eat That?' (Rhymesayers)

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Are You Gonna Eat That?
Critical Mass
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Label: Rhymesayers

by Chris Martins

On their new group's debut, New York indie-rap mainstays Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic make like Freemasons, hinting at an arcane world that's supposedly hidden in plain sight with a barrage of inscrutable screeds delivered over blustery boom-bap production. Indeed, the architecture dazzles, as these fast-rapping masters of assonance and alliteration spit nifty stuff like "Hotel motel, holy ghost / Razor blade jailbait overdose." And although the pair do recall an alternative version of Ghostface and Raekwon when detailing a gonzo car chase on "Holy Driver," they never approach the infectiousness of their Typhoid Mary namesake.

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