Appleseed (EP)

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Appleseed
AesRockAppleseed.jpg
EP by
Released1999 (1999)
GenreHip hop
Length32:07
Labelself-released
Producer
Aesop Rock chronology
Music for Earthworms
(1997)
Appleseed
(1999)
Float
(2000)

Appleseed is an EP by American hip hop musician Aesop Rock. It was originally self-released in 1999, and reissued via Rhymesayers Entertainment in 2021. Produced by Aesop Rock himself, Omega One, and Blockhead, it features a guest appearance from Doseone.[1] It peaked at number 70 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart.[2]

Release[edit]

The EP was originally self-released on CD-R in 1999.[3] Aesop Rock said: "The first Appleseed CD's were CD-R's I duped at home and sold from my backpack at an MF DOOM show at Brownies, which was right below my apartment at the time."[3] He added: "I continued to sell hand-to-hand in NY, while Blockhead started fielding some mail orders from a young internet. People would send us cash or a check, and he'd cut the covers out and mail them off."[3] In 2021, the official reissue version of the EP was released via Rhymesayers Entertainment.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Exclaim!favorable[5]
RapReviews8/10[6]

Paul Simpson of AllMusic gave the EP 3.5 stars out of 5, commenting that "Appleseed's lyrics are more introspective than they might seem at first, even if they're not quite as autobiographical as later Aesop albums like Skelethon and The Impossible Kid, and he hadn't developed his knack for storytelling yet, so the songs are less narrative and closer to aggravated bursts."[1] He added: "Musically, the tracks are relatively laid-back and uncomplicated, barely hinting at the grand leap Aesop would take with the more polished production of his 2001 breakthrough Labor Days, but they serve as a neat time capsule of the late-'90s backpacker rap era."[1] Thomas Quinlan of Exclaim! called it "an amazing collection of songs that may end up being the best EP of the year."[5]

In 2014, Joseph Schafer of Stereogum named it the 7th best Aesop Rock record.[7]

In 2021, Eddie Ugarte of Ghettoblaster Magazine wrote: "The story of Appleseed is also the story of a burgeoning independent hip hop scene that began to flourish in the wake of technological innovations of the era, including quality affordable home recording equipment and the rising availability of CD-R drives, which gave artists the freedom to write, record, and manufacture albums outside of the constraints of a label system."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Appleseed Intro"Aesop Rock1:08
2."Dryspell"Aesop Rock4:31
3."Same Space (The Tugboat Complex Part 2)"Aesop Rock3:52
4."Sick Friend"Omega One4:30
5."Hold the Cup"Aesop Rock4:58
6."1,000 Deaths"Blockhead3:43
7."Blue in the Face"Aesop Rock4:28
8."Odessa" (featuring Doseone)Aesop Rock4:44
Total length:32:07

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.

  • Aesop Rock – vocals, production (1–3, 5, 7, 8), artwork
  • Omega One – turntables (4), production (4)
  • Blockhead – production (6)
  • Doseone – vocals (8)
  • Neal Usatin – artwork

Charts[edit]

Chart (2021) Peak
position
US Top Album Sales (Billboard)[2] 70

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Simpson, Paul. "Appleseed - Aesop Rock". AllMusic. Archived from the original on December 4, 2021. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Top Album Sales: The Week of July 31, 2021". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 4, 2022. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Sacher, Andrew (June 18, 2021). "Aesop Rock's classic 1999 EP 'Appleseed' now streaming & getting first-ever vinyl release". BrooklynVegan. Archived from the original on July 28, 2021. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  4. ^ "Aesop Rock's Appleseed Re-Issued". Rhymesayers Entertainment. June 18, 2021. Archived from the original on November 24, 2021. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Quinlan, Thomas (February 1, 2000). "Aesop Rock Appleseed". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on October 26, 2022. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  6. ^ Juon, Steve (January 2000). "Aesop Rock :: Appleseed :: Hungry Tired Productions". RapReviews. Archived from the original on July 19, 2014. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  7. ^ Schafer, Joseph (May 8, 2014). "Aesop Rock Albums From Worst To Best". Stereogum. Archived from the original on October 26, 2022. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  8. ^ Ugarte, Eddie (June 18, 2021). "Aesop Rock Re-Issues Long Out-of-Print Appleseed EP". Ghettoblaster Magazine. Archived from the original on August 5, 2021. Retrieved October 26, 2022.

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