Labor Days

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Labor Days
Labor Days.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2001 (2001-09-18)
GenreAlternative hip hop
Length61:03
LabelDefinitive Jux
ProducerAesop Rock, Blockhead, Omega One
Aesop Rock chronology
Float
(2000)
Labor Days
(2001)
Daylight
(2002)
Singles from Labor Days
  1. "Coma"
    Released: 2001 (2001)
  2. "Boombox"
    Released: 2001 (2001)

Labor Days is the third studio album by American hip hop artist Aesop Rock.[1] It was released by Definitive Jux on September 18, 2001.[2] It is a concept album about work.[3] The production is handled by Aesop Rock, Blockhead, and Omega One.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic92/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[6]
Entertainment WeeklyA[7]
HipHopDX4/5[8]
Pitchfork8.7/10[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[10]
Stylus MagazineA−[11]
Uncut4/5 stars[12]
The Village VoiceA−[13]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Labor Days received an average score of 92% based on 5 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim."[5]

In 2010, Rhapsody included it on the "10 Best Albums by White Rappers" list.[14] In 2015, Fact placed it at number 17 on the "100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time" list.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Labor"Aesop Rock2:32
2."Daylight"Blockhead4:26
3."Save Yourself"Blockhead4:59
4."Flashflood"Blockhead3:54
5."No Regrets"Blockhead4:31
6."One Brick" (featuring Illogic)Aesop Rock4:32
7."The Tugboat Complex Pt. 3"Blockhead3:46
8."Coma"Omega One3:56
9."Battery"Aesop Rock5:07
10."Boombox"Aesop Rock5:05
11."Bent Life" (featuring C-Rayz Walz)Blockhead4:49
12."The Yes and the Y'all"Blockhead4:04
13."9-5er's Anthem"Blockhead4:38
14."Shovel"Blockhead4:45

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.

  • Aesop Rock – vocals, production (1, 6, 9, 10), recording
  • Illogic – vocals (6)
  • C-Rayz Walz – vocals (11)
  • Blockhead – production (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14)
  • Omega One – production (8), turntables
  • Cryptic One – mixing
  • Emily Lazar – mastering
  • Dan Ezra Lang – art direction, design
  • Owen Brozman – illustration
  • Ben Colen – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (January 26, 2002). "Pop Review; The Evolving Definition Of Underground Hip-Hop". The New York Times. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  2. ^ Baker, Ernest (April 26, 2013). "The 30 Greatest Months in Rap History: 9. September 2001". Complex. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Mentzer, Robert (2005). "That's What He's Saying?". Chicago Reader. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  4. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (June 30, 2001). "Aesop Rock - Labor Days". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Reviews for Labor Days by Aesop Rock". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  6. ^ LeRoy, Dan. "Labor Days – Aesop Rock". AllMusic. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  7. ^ "Aesop Rock: Labor Days". Entertainment Weekly: 74. September 28, 2001.
  8. ^ J-23 (December 4, 2001). "Aesop Rock – Labor Days". HipHopDX. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  9. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh (January 23, 2002). "Aesop Rock: Labor Days". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  10. ^ Catucci, Nick (2004). "Aesop Rock". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 8–9. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  11. ^ Martin, Tyler (September 1, 2003). "Aesop Rock – Labor Days – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on May 15, 2006. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  12. ^ "Aesop Rock: Labor Days". Uncut (54): 103. November 2001.
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 20, 2001). "Consumer Guide: Salaam". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "The 10 Best Albums by White Rappers". Rhapsody. June 22, 2010. Archived from the original on June 26, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  15. ^ "The 100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time: 17. Aesop Rock – Labor Days". Fact. February 25, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2016.

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