Release Date: Jun 7, 2011
Record label: Rhymesayers Entertainment
Genre(s): Rap, Alternative Rap
Like any Aesop Rock assisted project, Hail Mary Mallon’s Are You Going to Eat That? is smart from the album’s title to its execution. Hail Mary Mallon – consisting of Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz – is named after Mary Mallon aka “Typhoid Mary” the infamous carrier of typhoid fever. Are You Going to Eat That? is a tribute to her return to the kitchen despite her disease, and acts as a metaphor for the trio’s perseverance to continue making the type of music that they love.
In a certain dark corner of the music universe, Aesop Rock was a very, very big deal. As arguably the biggest name on the Definitive Jux roster, Aesop made for an unlikely star, but I can vividly remember the hordes of hoodied, stubble-headed, tough-looking suburban and outer-borough kids who'd cram into clubs and roar along with his bent, cluttered, wriggling lyrical abstractions. Aesop was and is a born cult figure, his sleepy stoner charisma intersecting just right with his berserk linguistic flights.