In this song, “Gopher Guts,” Aesop Rock tells a series of different small animals things that are admirable about their character, and things that are bright about their futures, in between verses that contain criticisms of his own behaviours.
Even though the putative objects of these words are pretend animals, the words are perhaps the most caring things I’ve ever heard expressed in rap lyrics.
Genuine independent rap legend [G.I.R.L.] Jesse Dangerously has been on the internet since 1994, which means since juuuust before rap diversified into sometimes being terrible in addition to amazing.
It has turned his attention span to soft mush, and here is where you will reap the benefits.
You may like what appears in this space if you like feminism, hip-hop, brilliance, pith, and humility - all of which he has in spades.