Aesop Rock and Black Moth Super Rainbow’s TOBACCO have delivered their joint album under their Malibu Ken moniker. The 10-track, self-titled effort fuses Aes’ signature cryptic rhyme style with the ethereal, psychedelic vibes of TOBACCO’s production.

“TOBACCO and I have thrown around the idea of doing a project together since we first toured over a decade ago,” Aesop said in a press release. “I find his production to be something special and always wanted to see what I could bring to it.

“We recently found time to record some songs and Malibu Ken was born. I brought a few stories to the table but also did my best to let the production dictate the subject matter throughout. We hope you like the soup.”

Check out the album stream, cover art and tracklist below.


1. Corn Maze
2. Tuesday
3. Save Our Ship
4. Sword Box
5. Dog Years
6. Acid King
7. Suicide Big Gulp
8. 1+1=13
9. Churro
10. Purple Moss

[This article has been updated. The original version was published on November 20, 2018 and can be found below.]

It’s been a minute since Aesop Rock has surfaced, but his self-imposed hiatus is evidently over. On Tuesday (November 20), the famously verbose wordsmith returned with a new joint project featuring Black Moth Super Rainbow’s TOBACCO called Malibu Ken.

To accompanying the announcement, the Rhymesayers duo has dropped an animated video for “Acid King,” which features a zit-faced “Malibu Ken” delivering Aes’ bars. The track serves as the inaugural single from their upcoming self-titled album.

“TOBACCO and I have thrown around the idea of doing a project together since we first toured over a decade ago,” Aesop said in a press release. “I find his production to be something special and always wanted to see what I could bring to it.

“We recently found time to record some songs, and Malibu Ken was born. I brought a few stories to the table, but also did my best to let the production dictate the subject matter throughout. We hope you like the soup.”

Malibu Ken is expected to arrive on January 18.

In the meantime, watch the Rob Shaw-directed video above, check out the Malibu Ken tracklist/artwork below and pre-order the album here.


  1. Corn Maze
  2. Tuesday
  3. Save Our Ship
  4. Sword Box
  5. Dog Years
  6. Acid King
  7. Suicide Big Gulp
  8. 1+1=13
  9. Churro
  10. Purple Moss