Driven by the once flourishing age of emo-rap, South Carolina hopeful Aesop Mack is currently pushing his own sound, taking lead from the likes of Lil Peep, XXXTentacion, Lil Tracy. With all his music rising from his own personal experiences, inner conflicts, and creative visions, his songs look to share his story and forge a connection. With over one-hundred thousand streams on Soundcloud so far, it seems that Aesop Mack is well on his way.
After dropping his track ‘Renounce’ a little while ago, Aesop Mack has become an almost inescapable figure in the emo rap resurgence, carrying the torch forward after the untimely deaths of Lil Peep and XXXTentacion. Gaining traction on Soundcloud just as they did, Aesop Mack’s latest release is a clear indication that the genre is still being built and refined in the underground scene.
Emerging from a calculated cacophony of acoustic guitar and polished, layered auto-tune ‘Coping’ brings to life a more introspective side to rap, echoing brief, but meaningful flourishes of the greats that flow amidst a steady wave of dark melody. Utilising descriptive lyrics that roll with a steady, unrelenting flow, Aesop’s track is built for consistency, echoing a deep trance vibe that captures the new wave sound that’s become a hallmark of ‘Soundcloud rap’ scene, while also reflecting Aesop’s own cinematic sounds.
Admittedly, it can take a little while for the subtle touches and rambling nuances of ‘Coping’ to really ensnare you, but when it does take hold, it rarely let’s go. Evolving with a gentle, growing form that lets both the artform and Aesop’s emotive vocals shine in equal measure. One of its strengths, ‘Coping’ is balanced well and refined so that the emotion at the song’s core and the production on its surface both get their time in the spotlight, creating a compelling, slow-burning new anthem for the Soundcloud generation.
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