It’s been a minute since Aesop Rock has surfaced, but his self-imposed hiatus is evidently over. On Tuesday (November 20), the famously verbose wordsmith returned with a new joint project featuring Black Moth Super Rainbow’s TOBACCO called Malibu Ken.
To accompanying the announcement, the Rhymesayers duo has dropped an animated video for “Acid King,” which features a zit-faced “Malibu Ken” delivering Aes’ bars. The track serves as the inaugural single from their upcoming self-titled album.
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Good morning. I am happy to announce my latest project in collaboration with my old friend Tobacco – “AESOP ROCK and TOBACCO are MALIBU KEN” available January 18th on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Enjoy our first video NOW – “Acid King”, directed by Rob Shaw. All artwork by Gunsho. You can pre-order the full project starting TODAY. Check your favorite digital outlet, or head over to FifthElementOnline.com for exclusive Malibu Ken merch and bundles. It’s a real trip. Love out to Joey Raia, Joe LaPorta, and everyone at Biz3. I hope you enjoy this music, and have a nice day. Link in the Bio. (@Tobaxxo @quigleysmagicshop, @sirrobrob, @Rhymesayers @biz3publicity, @joeyraia, @sterlingsound)
“TOBACCO and I have thrown around the idea of doing a project together since we first toured over a decade ago,” Aesop said in a press release. “I find his production to be something special and always wanted to see what I could bring to it.
“We recently found time to record some songs, and Malibu Ken was born. I brought a few stories to the table, but also did my best to let the production dictate the subject matter throughout. We hope you like the soup.”
Malibu Ken is expected to arrive on January 18.
In the meantime, watch the Rob Shaw-directed video above, check out the Malibu Ken tracklist/artwork below and pre-order the album here.
- Corn Maze
- Save Our Ship
- Sword Box
- Dog Years
- Acid King
- Suicide Big Gulp
- Purple Moss