Houston's place on the hip-hop map was beginning to gain focus by the mid 2000s, and rapper Paul Wall--of iced out grill fame--was at the forefront of that effort.
Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives is an EP by American hip hop artist Aesop Rock, his fifth major release and his fourth through the Definitive Jux label. Released on February 22, 2005 (see 2005 in music), the record is produced by Blockhead and Aesop Rock himself, who each contribute three tracks, and by Rob Sonic, who provides the remaining one.
Created over a 2 year period following his last release, None Shall Pass documents not only a vast amount of personal change that Aesop experienced over this time, but also deftly depicts scenes and stories relative to all ages of life. The majority of production duties have been handled by Aesop's longtime partner Blockhead, while label mates El-P and Rob Sonic each make offerings.