The Impossible Kid (album)

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The Impossible Kid
The Impossible Kid Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 29, 2016 (2016-04-29)
GenreHip hop
Aesop Rock chronology
The Impossible Kid
Malibu Ken
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB+[3]
Consequence of SoundB+[5]
PopMatters8/10 stars[8]

The Impossible Kid is the seventh studio album by American hip hop artist Aesop Rock.[10] It was released on April 29, 2016 through Rhymesayers Entertainment.[11] The production is handled by Aesop Rock himself.[12] The cover art is created by Alex Pardee.[13]

To accompany the release of the album, Rob Shaw directed an abridged shot-for-shot remake of The Shining using small figurines, which was set to the album in its entirety.[14] Additionally, music videos were created for "Rings",[15] "Blood Sandwich",[16] "Lazy Eye",[17] "Dorks",[18] "Kirby",[19] "Shrunk",[20] and "Get Out of the Car". This song was released eight years after the death of the song's subject and Aesop's good friend, Camu Tao.[21]


At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, The Impossible Kid received an average score of 85 based on 11 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[1]

Kyle Mullin of Exclaim! gave the album an 8 out of 10 and said: "For years, Aesop Rock has been beloved for his ambitious, loquacious lyricism, but on The Impossible Kid, he's reached new artistic heights by using that elaborate wordplay to offer us a simple yet powerful glimpse at his scarred psyche."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and produced by Aesop Rock, except where noted.

1."Mystery Fish"3:09
3."Lotta Years"1:59
7."Blood Sandwich"4:25
8."Get Out of the Car"1:53
12."Lazy Eye"2:45
14."Water Tower"3:51



Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[22]



Chart (2016) Peak
US Billboard 200[23] 30
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[24] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[25] 3


  1. ^ a b "The Impossible Kid by Aesop Rock". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  2. ^ Jeffries, David (April 29, 2016). "The Impossible Kid - Aesop Rock". AllMusic. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  3. ^ Anselmi, J.J. (April 29, 2016). "Aesop Rock blends the personal and abstract on The Impossible Kid". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  4. ^ Gray, Josh (May 3, 2016). "Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid". Clash. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  5. ^ Nguyen, Dean Van (May 2, 2016). "Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Mullin, Kyle (April 27, 2016). "Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (May 4, 2016). "Aesop Rock: The Impossible Kid". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  8. ^ Fiander, Matthew (May 3, 2016). "Aesop Rock: The Impossible Kid". PopMatters. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  9. ^ Farah, Safy-Hallan (May 4, 2016). "Review: Aesop Rock Won't Shut the Hell Up on 'The Impossible Kid'". Spin. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  10. ^ Dick, Jonathan (April 25, 2016). "Aesop Rock Premieres 'The Impossible Kid' and Explains How It's a Re-Creation of 'The Shining'". Noisey. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  11. ^ Lee, Morgan (February 17, 2016). "Aesop Rock announces new album The Impossible Kid, shares surreal 'Rings' video". Fact. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  12. ^ Hernandez, Victoria (April 26, 2016). "Aesop Rock "The Impossible Kid" Album Stream, Tracklist & Video Featuring Recreation Of "The Shining"". HipHopDX. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  13. ^ Fagerberg, Jerard (February 18, 2016). "Aesop Rock announces new solo album on Rhymesayers". City Pages. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  14. ^ Nordine, Michael (April 25, 2016). "'The Shining' Remake: Aesop Rock Releases Miniature 48-Minute Adaptation for 'The Impossible Kid'". Indiewire. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  15. ^ Walsh, Peter (February 18, 2016). "Aesop Rock Announces 'The Impossible Kid' Album, Drops Video for "Rings"". XXL. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  16. ^ Robinson, Collin (March 31, 2016). "Aesop Rock – "Blood Sandwich" Video". Stereogum. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  17. ^ Geslani, Michelle (April 20, 2016). "Aesop Rock shares new song/video for "Lazy Eye" — watch". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  18. ^ Robinson, Collin (May 6, 2016). "Aesop Rock – "Dorks" Video". Stereogum. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  19. ^ Warren, Jay (June 27, 2016). "Aesop Rock Becomes a Puppet, Plays With Cat in New "Kirby"". [Pitchfork](Website). Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  20. ^ Leight, Elias (October 12, 2016). "Aesop Rock Announces Hey Kirby Tour, Battles Through Therapy in 'Shrunk' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  21. ^ Blais-Billie, Braudie (May 25, 2017). "Watch Aesop Rock's New Video "Get Out of the Car"". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  22. ^ The Impossible Kid (Media notes). Aesop Rock. Rhymesayers Entertainment. 2016.CS1 maint: others (link)
  23. ^ "Aesop Rock Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  24. ^ "Aesop Rock Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  25. ^ "Aesop Rock Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 10, 2016.

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