Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives

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Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives
EP by Aesop Rock
Released February 22, 2005 (DJX106)
June 14, 2005 (DJX117)
Genre Hip hop
Length 30:41 (DJX106)
35:46 (DJX117)
Label Definitive Jux
DJX106 / DJX117
Producer Aesop Rock
Rob Sonic
Aesop Rock chronology
Bazooka Tooth
Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives
None Shall Pass
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[2]
Pitchfork Media (7.9/10)[3]

Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives is an EP by American hip hop artist Aesop Rock, his fifth major release and his fourth through the Definitive Jux label. Released on February 22, 2005 (see 2005 in music), the record is produced by Blockhead and Aesop Rock himself, who each contribute three tracks, and by Rob Sonic, who provides the remaining one. Vocals are handled by Aesop Rock, with guest appearances from Camu Tao and Metro of S.A. Smash, Cage and Def Jux label head El-P. All scratches are performed by DJ Big Wiz.

The initial pressing of the EP on CD (catalogue number DJX106) was packaged as a slimline CD case inside a cardboard cover along with an 88-page booklet named The Living Human Curiosity Sideshow, which contained the EP's lyrics as well as the never-before published lyrics to Aesop's other in-print records, Float, Labor Days, Daylight, and Bazooka Tooth, and new photographs and artwork.

The record's art as a whole, in keeping with the title of the lyric book, is designed around the theme of an early 20th-century freak show: "The Most Peculiar Creatures in All The Land", proclaims the back cover, while a triptych of blackly humorous portraits on the inner CD case depict Bruce The Giant Baby ("7 years old & 600(+) pounds"), Three Legged Louis ("3 shoes, 6 laces, 15 toes") and Ms. Sally Small ("the world's tiniest woman").

The subsequent pressing of the EP (catalogue number DJX117) omitted the lyric booklet but included a bonus track, "Facemelter".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fast Cars" – 4:34
  2. "Number Nine" – 4:05
    • Produced by Blockhead
  3. "Zodiaccupuncture" – 4:21
  4. "Holy Smokes" – 3:51
    • Produced by Blockhead
  5. "Winners Take All" – 4:45
  6. "Rickety Rackety" – 4:30
  7. "Food, Clothes, Medicine" – 4:35
    • Produced by Aesop Rock
  8. "Facemelter" (DJX117 only) – 5:05
    • Produced by Aesop Rock


  1. ^ Bush, John (2005-02-22). "Allmusic Review". Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau Review". Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  3. ^ [1]

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