Aesop Rock - "Rings"
Director: Rob Shaw
Aesop Rock has already cemented his place as one of history's great lyricists, but don't sleep on his music videos. "Rings" is a beautiful concept executed perfectly: Aesop is hit by a car while he's looking at a missing persons poster of himself, and wakes up to rap mid-surgery with half his head missing.
The operating table is intercut with an animation of the rapper as a wooden stick figure with lead for hands. His elegant drawings are destroyed by a wolf-snake creature, a stand-in Aesop's regretful decision to leave painting and visual art behind.
If "Rings" is any indication, Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid will mark the return of a king. It's out on April 29.