None Shall Pass

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None Shall Pass
None shall pass aes rock.jpg
Studio album by Aesop Rock
Released August 28, 2007 (2007-08-28)
Genre Hip hop
Length 63:45
Label Definitive Jux
Producer
Aesop Rock chronology
Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives
(2005)Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives2005
None Shall Pass
(2007)
Skelethon
(2012)Skelethon2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB−[3]
BBCfavorable[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
HipHopDX4.0/5[6]
Pitchfork Media7.5/10[7]
PopMatters7/10 stars[8]
Slant Magazine4.5/5 stars[9]
Spinfavorable[10]
Tiny Mix Tapes4/5 stars[11]

None Shall Pass is the fifth studio album by American hip hop artist Aesop Rock. It was released on Definitive Jux on August 28, 2007.[12]

Music[edit]

The album features production by Blockhead, El-P, Rob Sonic, and Aesop Rock himself.[13] Guest appearances include DJ Big Wiz, Cage, Breeze Brewin, El-P, Rob Sonic, and John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.[13] The album's artwork was done by Jeremy Fish.[14]

Release[edit]

Following its release, None Shall Pass debuted at number 50 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 13,000 copies in its first week through independent hip hop label Definitive Jux.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Keep Off the Lawn"Ian BavitzAesop Rock3:45
2."None Shall Pass"BavitzBlockhead4:03
3."Catacomb Kids"BavitzAesop Rock4:07
4."Bring Back Pluto"Bavitz
  • Blockhead
  • Aesop Rock[a]
4:29
5."Fumes"BavitzBlockhead5:00
6."Getaway Car" (featuring Cage and Breeze Brewin)
  • Blockhead
  • Aesop Rock[a]
3:15
7."39 Thieves"BavitzAesop Rock4:15
8."The Harbor Is Yours"Bavitz
  • Blockhead
  • Aesop Rock[a]
3:58
9."Citronella"BavitzAesop Rock4:53
10."Gun for the Whole Family" (featuring El-P)El-P3:53
11."Five Fingers"Bavitz
  • Aesop Rock
  • Blockhead[a]
4:06
12."No City"Bavitz
  • Blockhead
  • El-P[a]
4:28
13."Dark Heart News" (featuring Rob Sonic)Rob Sonic3:59
14."Coffee" (featuring John Darnielle)
  • Bavitz
  • John Darnielle
Blockhead[b]9:34
Total length:63:45

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] Blockhead is credited for producing "Coffee", but Aesop Rock produced the hidden track "Pigs", which starts at 5:15.

Personnel[edit]

Contributing artists

  • Allyson Baker – guitar (tracks 1, 3, 8, 12 and 14)
  • Carson Binks – bass guitar (tracks 3 and 8)
  • Derek Layes – bass guitar (track 4)
  • Big Hollis – additional vocals (track 1)
  • Camu Tao – additional vocals (track 1)
  • Rob Sonic – additional vocals (tracks 1 and 8)
  • El-P – additional vocals (track 7)
  • DJ Big Wiz – scratching (all tracks except 10)

Production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[16] 50
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[17] 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ "None Shall Pass by Aesop Rock". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ Brown, Marisa. "Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ Gordon, Scott (September 5, 2007). "Aesop Rock: None Shall Pass". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ Pattison, Louis (2007). "Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass - Review". BBC. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ Drumming, Neil (August 24, 2007). "None Shall Pass". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ J-23 (September 5, 2007). "Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass". HipHopDX. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  7. ^ Crock, Jason (August 28, 2007). "Aesop Rock: None Shall Pass". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ Boeckel, Gentry (August 30, 2007). "Aesop Rock: None Shall Pass". PopMatters. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ Keefe, Jonahtan (December 14, 2007). "Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass". Slant Magazine. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ Golianopoulos, Thomas (September 19, 2007). "Aesop Rock, 'None Shall Pass' (Def Jux)". Spin. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  11. ^ Chadwicked. "Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ Ayers, Michael D. (May 29, 2007). "Aesop Rock Taps Into 'Bizarro World Darkness'". Billboard. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Aesop Rock Opens Gates for 'None Shall Pass'". Spin. May 9, 2007. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  14. ^ "An interview with Aesop Rock". BrooklynVegan. August 27, 2007. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  15. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (September 5, 2007). "'High School Musical 2' Starts Third Week At No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Aesop Rock Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  17. ^ "Aesop Rock Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 10, 2016.

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