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Underground hip hop pioneer Aesop Rock's original score to the film Bushwick, his first ever film score, is a mind-bending collection of instrumental tracks which provide an exhilarating beat-heavy backdrop to the Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott directed thriller. Produced by Aesop Rock, the tracks also feature contributions on synth and guitar by Grimace Foundation. The film tells the story of 20-year-old Lucy (Brittany Snow), who emerges from a Brooklyn subway to find that her neighborhood is under attack by black-clad military soldiers. An ex-Marine corpsman, Stupe (Dave Bautista), reluctantly helps her fight for survival through a civil war, as Texas attempts to secede from the United States of America.
Says Aesop Rock: "This entire project maintained a pretty smooth momentum from start to finish. This was my first foray into working on a feature film, and this team was helpful the entire way – even in my moments of self-doubt. I'm extremely excited to have been a part of ‘Bushwick.'"
Say Murnion and Milott: "We were beyond excited and amazed to have a chance to work with Aesop Rock on the score for Bushwick! We've been fans of his since Music for Earthworms. Labor Days is one of our all time favorite records. Bazooka Tooth, None Shall Pass and Skelethon are each so special. And we loved the Hail Mary Mallon project he worked on with Rob Sonic and Big Wiz - (we listened to the instrumentals of Bestiary on repeat while we've been prepping to shoot Bushwick). Aesop keeps blowing us away with his dense, next level lyrics but we were equally impressed by the beats and sounds he creates for each new record.
"Which is why when we were thinking of someone to score Bushwick we immediately thought of asking him if he'd want to work with us on our passion project. Aesop grew up in Long Island and had lived in Bushwick, so he immediately connected to the concept and the characters. He has created a score that sets the tone for the whole film as 'Corner Store' kicks in as we fly up over Coney Island in the opening credits. The score is gritty, emotional, unnerving and triumphant, taking us on a journey as we weave through the streets of Brooklyn."