Song of the Week: Malibu Ken - "Corn Maze"

Releasing a new song the week before Christmas that isn’t holiday-themed is a ballsy choice. Then again, Aesop Rock and Tobacco (aka Tom Fec of Black Moth Super Rainbow) have never been ones to follow the status quo. This week, they shared the second single from their new collaborative project Malibu Ken, “Corn Maze.”

The song is a showcase of the two musician’s skills, with Aesop Rock dexterously rapping over a warbling synth beat. Many say Aesop Rock has the largest vocabulary in hip hop and he proves it to be true in the lyrically dense track, creating a maze of words over Tobacco’s fluttering boom-bap beats. The song comes with a video by Rob Shaw that sees Aesop battle insomnia by watching retro cartoons. It’s a far more tame production than the video for lead single, “Acid King,” which disgustingly portrayed Ken of 'Barbie and Ken' fame slowly disintegrate from a beautiful man to a puss-spewing corpse.

Malibu Ken is out Jan. 18 via Rhymesayers. Watch the video for “Corn