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"This is labor" {*echoes*}
{*sample cut and scratched*}

[Aesop Rock]
Who put the monkey wrench in well oiled prefectionist emblem
Just to watch these moniters spit white noise
through your office space auto made
I infect knowledge gene pool dissented cloud clusters
Brushing dust mites off your starborn all revolution sound jugglers
Delinquent fan for brick habitat bob, weave, stick, move fence
and put somewhere in the middle for slick invention
This years brain crop spread spectacular
I ain't mad at cha don't stay mad at the caliber
I twist characters like twist characters
Talley up the alley cat aggresion
in this Doug E. Fresh infested mess up bassline lust
An automatic B-boy krylon can't combust circuits
Working these war picked cyphers
with head striker stability and kamakazi chivalry
I alone noble in a warm food feud
Walking ten generations ain't nobody asking for your patience
Who ranned off but only meet to face the fact
that I knew myself and didn't have to ask nobody else

(Talk about labor) Fantastic planet urchin puting work in
Searching for pertinent verse minus the murderous diversions
Apologies won't lore me to the communal sob story
nor would I sacrifice lifestyle to benefit jewerly temperament
This whole Green Goblin webcutter butts up against
crayola daydream landscapes spittin bedlam, Datum
Charge the villagers nickles and nicotine
to watch them fed to undiscreniled crack at the high noon
(We sell popcorn, beer and balloons!)
I got an echelon this gon be the one children bicker over
And start warriors vs. baseball fury element
to glitches mode of century development
I am a star really! The big bang bastard's back
with a one way ticket to Beat Street
This soil is like relevent to human concept
plot the man ratios man learning, I work past the service
I work on what I love, I work the service on my vertince
And I work till this here little flat line closes the curtains

{*beat plays with some scracthing*}


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    General CommentFirst heard it on THPS2. Aesop rock rules.
    WojoTheMaster243on April 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is labor, true labor.
    Nusegon August 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhats the bass line from, i know it from somewhere else but cant figure it out
    manbeingerasedon August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI believe it was THPS4
    mizrboyon May 22, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"whats the bass line from, i know it from somewhere else but cant figure it out"
    The song does say: in this Doug E. Fresh infested mess up bassline lust
    STUBZon October 17, 2007   Link
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    General Comment...spittin bedlam= i guess 'bedlam' was some name given to a hospital turned insane asylum.

    Actual lyrics:
    Fantastic planet urchin putting work in
    Searching for pertinent verse minus the murderous diversions
    Apologies won't lure me to the communal sob story
    nor would I sacrifice live style to benefit jury temperament

    I think that means 100% human, awake and walking around with the rest of sleeping society, looking for the ultimate soul-freeing understanding (pert. verse) while avoiding the bullshit murderous diversions...(think: co-dependency) such as the communal apologetic sob story(dwelling on your sadness for attention/affection or whatev) or stuffing your originality and style for fear of being judged...thus benefiting jury temperament).

    F that critical jury in the brain.
    Put your work in fellow urchins, find your unique pertinent verse and watch out for the murderous diversions.


    Brushing dust mites off your starborn all revolution sound jugglers... anyone know what this means?
    I notice Aesop Rock uses alot of the same metaphors in his songs. Centipede, earthworm, urchin, dust mite, dirty destiny.....what do they represent...hmmmmmmmmmmmm
    KyleGrazeron August 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDoes anybody know the significance of the lyric "I twist characters like twist characters"

    Aes clearly thinks it important (the beat drops when he says it, it's sampled on None Shall Pass (Megablast Mix), etc.) but I am confused as to what he is inferring.

    Thoughts?
    jThieson September 04, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti'm watching airplane and just realized who ted stryker was... and his kamakazi chivalry
    another strange but great reference by aesop
    bagodoucheson June 20, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think in this song he's essentially nailing his theses on the door of the mighty "Hip Hop". Hip hop (art in general) will change and spawn (for better and worse) and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it: "Walking ten generations nobody askin for your patience"

    Lauding the principle that one can build an identity based on who one truly is vs. building an identity based on what we are told is "Right":"Grand opening holding me to face the fact I knew myself and didn't hafta ask nobody else"

    And, like, who's gives a frack what they think anyway: "Fantastic planet urchin putting work in searching for pertinent verse minus the murderous diversions apologies won't lore me to the communal sob story nor would I sacrifice lifestyle to benefit jury temperament"

    ...that's what I think :)
    gringita1016on May 05, 2012   Link

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