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Studio album by Aesop Rock
Released July 10, 2012
Recorded 2011-2012
Genre Hip hop
Length 55:10
Label Rhymesayers Entertainment
Producer Aesop Rock (also exec.), Joey Raia,[1] Michael Nazario[2] (mixing)
Aesop Rock chronology
None Shall Pass

Skelethon is the sixth studio album by American hip hop artist Aesop Rock,[3] released on July 10, 2012 through Rhymesayers Entertainment.

"Zero Dark Thirty" was released as the first single on April 11, with a corresponding video released on May 2. "ZZZ Top" was released as the second single on June 29 with a video released on the same day. The music video features the martial arts master Patti Li.[4]

A series of short videos featuring Aesop Rock taking his dead cat named Whiskers for a walk through San Francisco and fending off the Grim Reaper have been released. At the end of each video, samples of songs from the album are heard. Additionally, a series of promotional interviews have been released, featuring Aesop Rock playing with a cat in a field and talking about different tracks on the album. The album's cover was made by the Spanish artist Aryz and the skeletal cat choreography was done by Tyree Johnson .

The album peaked at #3 at Amazon's Pop Rap album charts on July 10, 2012.[5]

The album debuted at number 21 on the Billboard 200 with 14,000 copies sold in its first week.[6][7]

It has sold over 20,000 copies as of July 29, 2012.[8]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[9]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[10]
LATimes 3.5/5 stars[11]
Pitchfork Media (8.2/10)[12]

Track Listing[13][edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Leisureforce" (feat. Allyson Baker & Hanni El Khatib) 4:43
2. "ZZZ Top" (feat. Allyson Baker) 4:15
3. "Cycles to Gehenna"   4:00
4. "Zero Dark Thirty" (feat. Rob Sonic) 3:21
5. "Fryerstarter"   3:28
6. "Ruby '81"   2:33
7. "Crows 1" (feat. Kimya Dawson) 4:19
8. "Crows 2" (feat. Rob Sonic) 2:30
9. "Racing Stripes" (feat. Kimya Dawson) 3:23
10. "1,000 O'Clock"   3:58
11. "Homemade Mummy" (feat. Rob Sonic) 2:46
12. "Grace" (feat. Hanni El Khatib) 3:38
13. "Saturn Missiles"   3:37
14. "Tetra"   4:41
15. "Gopher Guts"   3:58
Total length: