Aesop Rock

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06.27.16 Richmond, VA The National

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa
7 PM, $18 - $20, get tickets

06.28.16 Washington, DC 930 Club

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa
7 PM, $25, get tickets

06.29.16 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa
7 PM, $20, get tickets

07.01.16 Charlotte, NC Visulite

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa
8 PM, 16+, $18, get tickets

07.02.16 Knoxville, TN The International

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa
7 PM, $18 - $20, get tickets

07.03.16 Atlanta, GA The Loft At Center Stage

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock, Sa-Roc w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa
7 PM, $20 - $22, get tickets

07.05.16 Orlando, FL The Social

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa
7 PM, $20, get tickets

07.06.16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa
7 PM, get tickets

07.08.16 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa
7 PM, $20, get tickets

07.10.16 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa
7 PM, get tickets

07.11.16 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa
7 PM, $20, get tickets

07.13.16 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa
7 PM, $18 - $20, get tickets

07.14.16 Dallas, TX Trees Dallas

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock
7 PM, $18 - $20, get tickets

07.15.16 Austin, TX Barracuda

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock w/ w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa
9 PM, ALL AGES, $18.00, get tickets

07.17.16 Omaha, NE Slowdown

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock w/ w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa
8 PM, 18+, $17.00, get tickets

07.18.16 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue & 7th Street Entry

Aesop Rock's The Impossible Kid Tour: Aesop Rock, deM atlaS w/ w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa with special guest deM atlaS.
7:30 PM, 18+, $20.00, get tickets

09.24.16 Los Angeles, CA Shrine LA (Outdoors)

Atmosphere's Freshwater Fly Fishermen Tour: deM atlaS, Dilated Peoples, Aesop Rock, Brother Ali, Atmosphere, Plain Ole Bill & Last Word
7 PM, ALL AGES, $36.50, get tickets

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Latest Release

Release
  • Apr 29th 2016
  • CD, Digital, Vinyl
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Aesop Rock

The Impossible Kid

Indie-rap mainstay Aesop Rock has announced his new album, The Impossible Kid, dropping April 29th on Rhymesayers Entertainment, marking his first solo venture since 2012’s Skelethon. On the new album, Aesop continues finding new ways to improve on the skills that have made him one of the kings of indie hip-hop. His creative process now includes a newfound willingness to open up about his personal life, going deep on topics like depression, his sometimes rocky relationship with his family, and the turbulent handful of years that culminated in Aesop leaving his adopted home of San Francisco to live in a barn out in the woods, where he recorded the foundations of The Impossible Kid. There’s also moments of levity though, as Aesop taps into the funny side of his persona that he suppressed during the period where being taken as a serious lyricist was more of a priority. Like Skelethon, Aesop exercised complete creative control over every aspect of the album, from the production (which he…

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Artist Info

Management + Press: info@rhymesayers.com
Booking Agent: Christian Bernhardt

Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Google+
Websites: AesopRock.com900bats.com
Merch: Fifth Element
Streaming: Spotify | Apple Music | Xbox Music | Google Play

*Some music available for streaming on Twitch: [read more]

PRESS:
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Pitchfork: Review | 1 | 2 | 3
NPR
Huffington Post
Alarm Press
CMJ
Prefix Mag
Juxtapoz
BBC Music
Thumped Mag
Paste
SF Weekly: 1 | 2

BIO:
Aesop Rock has started skateboarding again. Nearly every day, he hits up the skate park, working to get his skills back up.

Skating and drawing (which he’s been doing more of, too) were his big passions before his hobby of making rap songs turned into a paying gig that turned into an accidental, 20-year long career, taking him from making beats in his bedroom to playing for crowds thousands deep. Going back to them just shy of 40-years old isn’t some kind of regressive midlife crisis move, though. It’s more like a way to help process everything that’s happened in his life over the past couple decades, and maybe to figure out the person he’s become. That’s also what he’s trying to do with his seventh solo album, The Impossible Kid.

Rap’s supposed to be a young man’s game, but Aesop’s only been improving as he’s gotten closer to middle age. He’s tackling different subject matter, going deep on topics like depression, his sometimes rocky relationships with his family, and the turbulent handful of years that culminated in Aesop leaving his adopted home of San Francisco to live in a barn out in the woods, where he recorded the foundations of The Impossible Kid.

Those years have been productive, though. Since his last solo album, 2012’s Skelethon, Aesop has released collaborative albums with Kimya Dawson (The Uncluded’s Hokey Fright in 2013), with Rob Sonic (Hail Mary Mallon’s Bestiary in 2014, which was tracked in the same barn in the woods), and with Homeboy Sandman (LICE’s self-titled EP in 2015). He’s also been actively crafting beats. Recent projects include producing the 32+ minute instrumental mix, The Blob, working together with Nike to provide the music for a series of their skateboarding videos, and producing the soundtrack for the upcoming film Bushwick, starring Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow.

Now comes The Impossible Kid, which finds Aesop still finding new ways to improve on the skills that have made him one of the kings of indie hip-hop. Part of the new creative process he brought to it includes a willingness to embrace the funny side that he kept quiet, when being taken as a serious lyricist was more of a priority. Combined with another newfound willingness to open up about his personal life, the bits of humor spiked throughout the album create a potent emotional cocktail. “Lotta Years” uses two short vignettes to meditate on outgrowing your corner of the culture while chuckling admiringly over the audacity of youth. “Blood Sandwich” recalls a couple of very weird scenes from his childhood starring his two brothers, told with the same combination of surreal comedy and genuine tenderness as a George Saunders story.

At the same time, this is the most purely Aesop Rock record of his career. Like Skelethon, Aesop exercised complete creative control over the whole thing, from the production (which he handled himself, with instrumental help from Philly’s Grimace Foundation) to conceptualizing the cover art by his friend Alex Pardee.

As you might have guessed, The Impossible Kid is a reference to Aesop himself, a person who’s spent his life doing things that seemed unthinkable before he just went and did them, blazing a visionary trail all his own. Two decades in, he’s still out there pushing it forward.