Labor Days

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Labor Days
Studio album by Aesop Rock
Released September 18, 2001
Genre Alternative hip hop
Conscious hip hop
Length 61:03
Label Definitive Jux
DJX013
Producer Aesop Rock
Omega One
Blockhead
Aesop Rock chronology
Float
(2000)
Labor Days
(2001)
Daylight
(2002)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 92/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]
HipHop DX 4/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media (8.7/10)[5]
PopMatters (favorable)[6]
RapReviews (8/10)[7]
Stylus Magazine A−[8]

Labor Days is American hip hop artist Aesop Rock's third album, his second major release, and his first on the Definitive Jux record label as well as his first concept album. It was released on September 18, 2001 to considerable critical acclaim. It is a concept album, painting a portrait of the day-to-day lives of the working class. It features production work from longtime Aesop Rock collaborator Blockhead, including his trademark style of world folk samples.

Labor Days is considered to be Aesop Rock's definitive work, hailing near unanimous praise from all critics, and becoming a cornerstone of the underground rap movement from the late 90's through the present.[citation needed]

The album was placed third in Rhapsody's list of "The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers".[9] The song "Labor" was featured in Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Produced by Length
1. "Labor"   Aesop Rock 2:32
2. "Daylight"   Blockhead 4:26
3. "Save Yourself"   Blockhead 4:59
4. "Flashflood"   Blockhead 3:54
5. "No Regrets"   Blockhead 4:31
6. "One Brick"" (featuring Illogic) Aesop Rock 4:32
7. "The Tugboat Complex Pt. 3"   Blockhead 3:46
8. "Coma"   Omega One 3:56
9. "Battery"   Aesop Rock 5:07
10. "Boombox"   Aesop Rock 5:05
11. "Bent Life"" (featuring C-Rayz Walz) Blockhead 4:49
12. "The Yes and the Y'all"   Blockhead 4:04
13. "9-5er's Anthem"   Blockhead 4:38
14. "Shovel"   Blockhead 4:45

Samples[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Coma"
    • Release date: July 24, 2001
  • "Boombox"
    • Release date: August 21, 2001
  • "Daylight"
    • Release date: 2001

Credits[edit]

  • Executive producer: Aesop Rock
  • Engineering: Aesop Rock
  • Mastering: Emily Lazar
  • Art direction: Dan Ezra Lang
  • Design: Dan Ezra Lang

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Labor Days reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  2. ^ Labor Days - Aesop Rock at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Aesop Rock". Consumer Guide. Robert Christgau. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  4. ^ J-23 (4 December 2001). "Aesop Rock - Labor Days". HipHop DX. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh (23 January 2002). "Aesop Rock - Labor Days". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Heaton, Dave (17 September 2001). "Aesop Rock: Labor Days". Music - Reviews. PopMatters. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  7. ^ RapReviews.com review
  8. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  9. ^ The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers Referenced 26 July 2010

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