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''Bazooka Tooth'' is the fourth full-length album by American hip hop artist Aesop Rock , released on September 23, 2003 on Definitive Jux (see 2003 in music).

For the first time, the majority of production is handled by Aesop Rock himself, although long-term collaborator Blockhead contributes three tracks and one is provided by Definitive Jux label boss El-P. Significant vocal guest appearances are made by El-P and fellow Def Jux labelmates Party Fun Action Committee and Mr. Lif as well as by 1990s Bronx hip-hop duo Camp Lo. There are also brief vocal cameos (credited on the sleeve as "Additional Trash Talking and Malarchy") by Cannibal Ox, S.A. Smash, and MURS. Scratching is handled by DJ Cip One of Cannibal Ox and DJ Pawl of Hangar 18. Much of the instrumentals for the introduction track, "Bazooka Tooth," were done by Jer of Party Fun Action Committee using standard pots and pans. The cover is by Israeli artist Tomer Hanuka.

The album's a cappellas and instrumentals were released the following year as ''Build Your Own Bazooka Tooth'', in conjunction with a remix contest. - Wikipedia

Don't hold it against Aesop Rock that the best verse on his third album isn't his. It comes from El-P, the guy who runs Definitive Jux, Aesop's record label, and it not only bests anything Aesop says here, it also beats anything on El-P's own album from last year, Fantastic Damage. The song is "We're Famous," it comes up ninth on Bazooka Tooth, and over a brutal, tank-slow, and surprisingly airy beat, he sounds so casually authoritative ("I laugh at critics claiming, 'Hip-hop's over'/ F*** you, hip-hop just started/ It's funny how the most nostalgic cats are the ones who were never part of it") that you'd let him steal your album out from under you, too.

Not that Aesop sits still himself. One track earlier, on "Freeze," he notes, "I married and divorced Mother Nature/After I talked that old hag out of a pre-nup," and on "Cook It Up," he makes light of both his own loverman status, promising a potential paramour, "Let's just get a few things out the way/ I'm clinically bonkers and hate just about everyone." (The falsetto, um, "hook" notes that "There ain't no strings attached/ But if you love television and manic depression/ Get a carton of cigarettes/ We can make it happen.") The music of Bazooka Tooth is harder and thicker than 2001's Labor Days or last year's Daylight EP, with more of the sci-fi dystopia feel that pervaded other Definitive Jux albums by El-P and Cannibal Ox. On "NY Electric," what sound like muted woodwinds scatter around the scale in the background while a breakbeat skitters underneath. But if the music is somewhat otherworldly, Aesop's thoughtful everyman tone keeps everything grounded.