Aesop Rock is a fellow Rhymesayers label-mate of frequent #RushHourRap featured artist Atmosphere and has been an underground favorite for over 20 years. Aesop’s wordplay borders on the absurd at times, but in a good way. Lupe Fiasco once even dubbed Aesop Rock as the greatest rapper alive. High praise from a legend. There’s a lot of great tracks from Aesop over the years, but his 2007 “None Shall Pass” off the album of the same name is probably the best entry point for new fans. Like me you’ll likely find yourself on Genius reading along to his lyrics just trying to figure out what the hell he’s talking about, which admittedly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But if you’re looking for elite, rapid fire, intelligent writing then Aesop Rock is your guy.