The Impossible Kid

Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2016 Ratings: #143 / 758
User Score
Based on 237 ratings
2016 Ratings: #27
April 29, 2016 / Release Date
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Rhymesayers / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

The Impossible Kid is another reminder that Rock is in his own universe.

83
Consequence of Sound

The next step probably won’t be the hyper-drive into mainstream spotlight that some of his peers have enjoyed. That’s fine. The Impossible Kid still feels like the exclamation mark on a chapter in Bavitz’s life — a love letter to the distance already run. What he does next can be just as remarkable.

82
Pitchfork
This is what it sounds like when rap’s greatest wordsmith only uses the ones that count.
80
Exclaim!

For years, Aesop Rock has been beloved for his ambitious, loquacious lyricism, but on The Impossible Kid, he's reached new artistic heights by using that elaborate wordplay to offer us a simple yet powerful glimpse at his scarred psyche.

80
PopMatters
The tones, beats, hooks, and endless variations and rhyming patterns are all here, and they come off as just as volatile and, perhaps, even more immediate than anything Aesop Rock has made to date.
80
Clash
Ultimately ‘The Impossible Kid’ is an album that will reinforce whatever preconceptions about Aesop Rock you already hold. However, it’s also worth noting that this is most probably the least cryptic and most honest of all his records.
80
AllMusic
Lyrical prowess is never in doubt, and neither is the idea that the MC is an acquired taste, but this wordy, extroverted, and capricious effort is an alive whirlwind with more pride than usual. That last bit makes it one of the most persuasive Aesop efforts to date.
80
Under The Radar

The rapper spends much of The Impossible Kid sorting through such disdain for self.

72
HipHopDX

For an artist so dedicated to literary technicalities, Aesop diverts from the usual script just enough to give listeners a better look into his personal life, whether it’s reminiscing on growing pains, or just venting to those who’ll listen. The end result is his most introspective material since “Daylight.” 

50
Spin

Almost every track on The Impossible Kid is indistinguishable from the next, blending together in a way that converts the man’s talent into his fatal flaw, due in part to the forgettable beats.

morningsbell
80
Overall, this project has solid production and extremely intricately crafted lyricism... so lyrical to the point that some might be turned off to the lack of memorability, but I remain fascinated.
exception
79
on his first full length album in years, aesop rock continues his streak of brilliant lyricism and impeccable flows. he has some very clever wordplay on all of his projects, and the impossible kid is not an exception. rock mixes in conscious lines with comedic ones, and they come together and create a very... unique blend. what i found to be underwhelming, as i do on all aesop rock projects, was the production. it just didnt seem to match his voice; i think beats that are faster and heavier ... read more
chuyin49
82
Aesop Rock is in his own world when it comes to music. There's something about his voice and flow that I really enjoy. And the boom bap production on this album is awesome along with the spacey synth sounds here and there. The album did not bore me even once and the track "Dorks" is my shieeet!
CuckBoi5000
94
Probably my favourite album cover OAT
78
We are in the age of the curator, from meticulously-arranged, aspirational Tumblrs to Drake’s recent stint at Sotheby’s. As it’s grown easier to translate our identities through these careful assemblages of stuff we fuck with, good taste has taken on a new leveraging power. A$AP Rocky, the baby-faced fashion killa and primary figurehead of zeitgeist-wheelie-poppin’ Harlem goon squad A$AP Mob, has always understood this better than anyone else in the rap game. As he ... read more
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Track List

  1. Mystery Fish
  2. Rings
  3. Lotta Years
  4. Dorks
  5. Rabies
  6. Supercell
  7. Blood Sandwich
  8. Get out of the Car
  9. Shrunk
  10. Kirby
  11. TUFF
  12. Lazy Eye
  13. Defender
  14. Water Tower
  15. Molecules
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