Aesop Rock - Rings Lyrics




Used to draw
Hard to admit that I "used" to draw
Portraiture in a human form
Doodle of a two-headed unicorn, it was soothing
Moving his arm in a fusion of man made tools
And a muse from beyond
Even if it went beautifully wrong
It was tangible truth for a youth who refused to belong
No-name nuisance
Stools in a bedroom
Oozed in a brand new cuneiform
Barely commune with the horde
Got a whole grey scale ungluing his world
Might zone out to the yap of the magpie
Unseen hand dragging his graphite
Cross-contour, little bit of back light
Black ink after a Bristol to baptize
You can imagine a rush that ensue
When you get three dimensions stuffed into two
Then it's off to a school where it's all that you do
Being trained and observed by a capable few
Back in New York, five peeps and a dog
In a two bedroom doing menial jobs
Plus, rhyming and stealing and being a clod
Distractions free to maraud
I left some years a deer in the light
I left some will to spirit away
I let my fears materialize
I let my skills deteriorate
Haunted by the thought of what I should have been continuing
A mission that was rooted in a twenty year affinity and rickety condition with an ID crisis
Nap on the front lawn, look up in the sky, it's...

Shapes falling out of the fringe
All heart, though we would've made cowardly kings
They will chop you down just to count your rings
Just to count your rings, just to count your rings
And there were
Colors pouring out of the fringe
All heart, though we would've made cowardly kings
They will chop you down just to count your rings
Just to count your rings, just to count your rings

Used to paint
Hard to admit that I "used" to paint
Natural light on a human face
Stenciled fire on his roommate's bass
It was blooming addiction
A miss and a push and a pigment
Book like a tattooed pigskin, look
Pinhead kids intermittent
Drank Kool-Aid from a tube of acrylic
And I grew up in a linseed oil over linen
Joy to the poison, voice in the resin
Capture a map of the gesture
Back up, add a little accurate fat to the figure
Redo that, move that inwards
Zinc-white lightning shoots from his fingers
Studios drone with allusions of tinctures
Stay tuned for the spooky adventures
You can imagine the stars that align
When a forearm starts foreshortening right
Or a torso hung on a warping spine
Of proportion reads as warm and alive
Routine day with a dirt cheap brush
Then a week goes by and it goes untouched
Then two, then three, then a month
Then the rest of your life, you beat yourself up
I left some seasons eager to fall
I left some work to bury alive
I let my means of being dissolve
I let my person curl up and die
Eating up his innards in unfeasible anxiety is brutally committed to relinquishing his privacy aligning with the trials of the anti-Midas
Nap on the back lawn, look up at the sky, it's...

Shapes falling out of the fringe
All heart, though we would've made cowardly kings
They will chop you down just to count your rings
Just to count your rings, just to count your rings
And there were
Colors pouring out of the fringe
All heart, though we would've made cowardly kings
They will chop you down just to count your rings
Just to count your rings, just to count your rings

I'm getting sick and tired of never understanding
Where is the truth you promised?!





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Aesop Rock Rings Comments
  1. Rebecca Walker

    How is 1.3k upset with this how did they find the dislike button

  2. Michael Jewell

    The devil's work in the art is the thing that puts a hole in everything and connects it aka the rings like a tree but that can get sticky like tree sap
    Y'all don't get it triple threat

  3. Erto Lito

    This sounds nice from across the ocean.
    C'est du putain de bon.

  4. Fluffy Po

    Спид не лечится, пацаны!)))

  5. Fluffy Po

    Shiit all around de French all round yeah coupe of the kings
    Just a cuptual pen’ just a captual pen’!!))))

    Fluffy Po

    TI daun

  6. soda pop sky

    the music video hits different

  7. T.M.A 66

    This is groove as hell

  8. Intuitive Soul 1111

    I have never heard of aesop before. I must admit, this could be addicting! Good beat, lyrics are on point and video was also entertaining! ♥️

  9. Edgar Macza-shelstad

    this dudes music blows

    Thomas Myers

    Edgar Macza-shelstad Nope

  10. Cybernetik Soul

    This man

  11. nosef joroti

    a few .....

  12. RCPMusic

    Love this

  13. TheWeekendGamerz

    Count your rings. You know. Like when Sonic gets hits

    nosef joroti

    pulling that sonic just got hit face just for you

  14. Channel Six

    Aesop has knowledge in every song bruh. I think he’s the best of all time. What about y’all?

  15. Chloe Dirks

    He so good. I was late to the party, started listening about five years ago. The one good thing my ex ever did was show me him 😂

  16. Nina

    Daylite sent me here lol

  17. the1

    work with daylyt

  18. Cyrus Linzey

    I was hurt when my girl said she thought juice was better than Aesop.

    Local Teen Is Fed Up #MK

    Cyrus Linzey my goodness

  19. Sneakstr

    God this is cringe

    Skoop

    >"God this is cringe"
    >Subbed to Lil Pump


    lol

    Sneakstr

    @Potato the Flof wow i bet you think youve achieved peak comedy by throwing an egg labeled egg on the ground. Real edgy

    Sneakstr

    @Local Teen Is Fed Up #MK its corny af

    Sneakstr

    @Skoop lol i remember that now his thing with the university thing it was obviously a ploy to stay "relevant" wich ofc failed but thx for the reminder ive unsubbed now but thx for digging into my yt profile

    Thomas Myers

    Sneakstr L

  20. Clay Old

    Aesop Rock hurts my ears.
    It hurts my ears trying to hear the rock.

  21. bullhead shitface

    Aesop's rap is such a treat to listen to, but when you add in this video, the art becomes infinitely more apparent.

  22. TheEpicGamer0090 On roblox

    2019 anyone or from madden 17

    Local Teen Is Fed Up #MK

    Yup ✋🏼

  23. Nikki

    How can i turn up the sound already on full volume?

  24. Ernie Vega

    This song is the reason I went back to school for music.

  25. William Alarie

    did he just make a subtle reference (haha, everything is subtle with this cat, ain't it?) to Steven Universe?

  26. Anurag Kamble

    Sounds like Oddisse or vice versa.

  27. David Gray

    2019 ANYONE?

  28. VinnyE

    https://youtu.be/yIedkGj84us

  29. YjGs GhostZero

    This is very clever for the lyrics about chopping you down to count your rings and the video being made up of wood.

  30. Ediseu Falcone

    I'm sick and tired of never understanding
    Where is the truth you promised?!

  31. Kevin Lee

    Im here because of Lupe Fiasco. My first listen to Aesop Rock, and he super dope. This beat stupid hard.

  32. Asutosh Mohapatra

    This isn't just a song its a poetic masterpiece filled with vivid imagery and landscapes

  33. R2TheArTisT

    Doja Cat said listen to Aesop Rock and its dope I like it very different

  34. The Mad Metalhead

    Holy shit. I dont like rap. But I can fuck with this.

    Night Man

    Check out Daylight/Nightlight. Top 5 Aes song

  35. Projekt Sol Muzique

    Divine composition, infinite gratuity for this share with the world. 🦋

  36. Lil Whiteboy

    Who is here from madden

  37. daydrmnation

    The wordplay wizard.

  38. Yjo An

    these lyrics are so sophisticated. I can't understand the meaning but its intriguing. They must meen deep things, gotta find out.

    Night Man

    Yeah, Aes actually has the biggest vocabulary out of every rapper Dead or Alive, Check out Daylight/Nightlight. (not a joke it is a real fact)

    nosef joroti

    its rap for people that actually like to use there brains

  39. kaasboer jan

    asmongold brought me here

  40. Skywalkr101

    Thanks for the stories

  41. zeeeOgre

    So sick! Love this track!

    Spited

    Have you seen the video with rhymes highlighted of this track? Was published a while ago!!

  42. TimoThyUs

    DO A TRACK WITH WATSKY W/ THIS SAME STYLE OF BEAT

    Night Man

    I think they're signed by the same label Rhymesayer Entertainment

  43. SeanFCOE Banksy

    I miss painting trains and doing throwies with my homies under bridges every Saturday night. This makes me wanna paing

  44. Tom Ebbs

    Fake and Lame

    Kannon

    Tom Ebbs are you mentally unstable? he's been rapping for around 20 years

  45. Tom Ebbs

    Look at this wu tang everlast millennial hipster ripoff choke artist...

    Show me what you got!








    Nothing parasite

    Topaz Zapot

    Funny thing is, This guy has the biggest vocabulary in Hip-Hop

    Jake Ryan

    @Topaz Zapot That and hes 40... lol, this guy is lost.

    Thomas Myers

    Tom Ebbs L

  46. Just Trusty

    They always chop sonic down just to count his rings

  47. chester

    i relate to this so much

  48. dirtyclean503

    portland Oregon

  49. Jestah

    Dear Aesop, ive listened to hip hop for 26 years and honestly there isn't many on your level, sad that your shit is so slept on. But for what its worth HUGE respect from me to you!

  50. byron

    Whats this song about

    Aiias

    Drawing.

  51. Mattia Fabbian

    Forza horiz 3?

  52. Kris

    Speedy spitfiring mad verses with perfect timing, rhymes, imagery, word selection and then he hits you with the chorus and it's just as fucking perfect; you don't feel like you're missing out even when repeats those few lines because it goes hard.

  53. Thanos theUndying

    Finnaly there's someone as good as Eminem

    HawkeyedSentinel

    Aesop is better though.

    Marcell D'Avis

    Who's Eminem?

  54. Blaq Shiep

    LYRICS un matched

    Spited

    for real..have you seen the video with rhymes highlighted of this track? Was published a while ago

    Blaq Shiep

    @Spited nah what channel

    Spited

    @Blaq Shiep Spited hahah

  55. Blaq Shiep

    get em aesop

  56. 7th Sine

    nice steve miller band sample..

  57. Blaq Shiep

    The only man that id take a knee and admit defeat.

  58. Blaq Shiep

    This is fake af... aint no way aesop gonn get hit by a car

  59. C’Ron Tha King

    This is my first time hearing this guy and I must admit his lyricism is amazing... Powerful lines... This shit is mind blowing 😲

    Yo man imagine if he gets into a diss rap battle... He will have a crowd go insane

    Night Man

    Check him out in Cage's song called Left it to us. If you want to hear him be Raw and Agressive on the Mic. Or Daylight/Nightlight for a very deep meaning song and check out a funny song he did called Kirby, it's just about his cat.

  60. NITE KLUB

    🙏🏻 RIP Camu Tao 🙏🏻 RIP Weathermen 🙏🏻

  61. insomnom nomnia

    This song is about drawing and giving up??? oddly specific.

    Bazooka Tooth

    insomnom nomnia

    It’s about letting society judge you and strip you of your convictions. He’s saying he stopped being himself.

  62. chester

    really relate to this song

  63. delphis

    theyll only ever point out your talents to say youre a disappointment..

  64. seigeengine

    You know, it's rare to like something so much that you dislike.

  65. Elias L.K.

    What im pulling from this is about how Aesop used to be an artist, but then he was unmotivated, started rapping, and he isnt very happy where he is now.

  66. Rishi Rajan

    How did we go from this to Cardi B topping charts?.

  67. Rishi Rajan

    Aesop aint a rapper.......He is a Poet....an artist.

  68. gredangeo

    Weird Al can rap, but I'd like to see him tackle this song with as just much wordplay, just to see what would happen.

  69. Kókusz

    Forza Horizon 3 ??????

  70. strange disasterpiece

    I need a 1080p pic of this album art Alex drew. This album have me hope when all was lost. Thanks Ase.

  71. Jeffersota

    I miss the stand up bass. Aesop is like Mitch Hedburg. Great over that classic sound

  72. amendoca himself

    that moment when you're a doctor and your pacient starts rapping

  73. Golden ModeM

    rings around the tracing, all wrong, all things for defacing, property of no one, a sun from the place where all things get erasing, return with a baseless, no fan, just a man with a glazing, do nut, that's my own luck, crazy in a subtle way, lazy from a troubled day, that's why I'm always phasing, see sleep start fleeting like a light ray, replacing what I want to something I might say, and flight for me is stationary, just a rice plate spilling over stationery, and light sprays, that's pam, I'm her man, see me bake like hereditary, conversation in a commissary, that's a private notice, a gift for the preset day modern explosives, trying to go pop in a balloon shop with many needles, someday I'll soon stop, so I got to keep popping top for the betterment of people,

  74. Danksta Dan

    Honest truth aesop is not just a rapper. He is a true artist.

    Spited

    Absolutely agree! Have you seen the video with rhymes highlighted of this track? Was published a while ago

  75. Aidan Coleman

    I just want to say that I hear the spongebob battle in bikini bottom electric sound in the level when you're in a dream

  76. edk and nodrecords

    very cool 😎

  77. Tengu Kage

    I feel sorry for the people who dislike this, ones intellect must be really low for you not to comprehend what this track means , pure fire 🔥

  78. Justin Lacek

    Used to draw. Hard to admit that I used to draw.

    I can't describe how hard this rings for me.

  79. TreeImmortal

    Routine day with a dirt cheap brush.
    Then a week goes by and it goes untouched.
    Then two, then three, then a month.
    Then the rest of your life, you beat yourself up.

  80. lunatic fringes

    http://rduffus.wordpress.com visceral vocabulary

  81. Savage Sully

    The new...dope...

  82. Raam Ravi

    Great Song!

  83. Derek Meister

    Who ever hit the thumbs down need a reality check!!! Aesop is a legend and this video is dope on Acid!?!? Fact!

  84. Astrotharapper

    Brutally killing creativity

  85. Mala Max

    FINALLY this dude gets the recognition he deserves.................... Ive been rooting for this guy for 2 decades now and finally he's where he belongs. AESOP <333333

  86. Pat Maloney

    Never watch an AR video eating wings..🤢

  87. Theo Holland

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tPGnkF21Io
    My number one influence

  88. Damin Ledford

    People's loves to break others down just for the fun of it. Some people just wanna watch the world burn.

  89. Damin Ledford

    People's loves to break others down just for the fun of it. Some people just wanna watch the world burn.

  90. Bushmaster804

    he's my dad

  91. 0123456789 9876543210

    Fuck anyone who doesn't give this man the recognition he deserves

  92. C. Holmes

    love the album, thanks Ace!!

  93. Depressed Cardinals Fan

    This song needs more views

  94. Colorado Drone vlogs

    that part in the end where the inner artist gets thrown in the dish by the surgeon is chilling.

  95. ParadoxAssassin

    They will chop you down...just to count your rings..

  96. king kong

    This is poetry! I dare you to say otherwise !

  97. Jesse Wentworth

    The fuckin bars.... 🔥🔥🔥

  98. Maison Lauberiviere

    Does he say count your rings, capture inks or cut your wrist?