If you haven’t heard of Aesop Rock, you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade. This guy is (and has been) the most lyrical hip-hop artist, well… ever. Seriously! Check out the handy chart below. Anyhow, Aesop was originally introduced to me back in 2005 when he was what he still is today – A legend of the underground scene yet completely unknown to the majority of folk. He’s huge, and the more you dig in the more you’ll find simply epic tracks of story and theory. Admittedly, he’s not everyone’s cup of tea – probably why he’s somehow remained relatively unknown to the public.
Regardless, Aesop Rock performed at the Hawthorne Theatre this January and it was a sight to behold. From the expected stoners to the unexpected theoretical teachers in the audience, a common bond for something out of the ordinary surrounded us all. Some of the lyrics penetrated the soul:
Life’s not a bitch! Life is a beautiful woman
You only call her a bitch because she won’t let you get that pussy.
Maybe she didn’t feel y’all shared any similar interests
Or maybe you’re just an asshole who couldn’t sweet talk the princess.
If you’re into hip-hop you should at least give this white guy from New York a shot and see why he’s remained an established underground king for over 10 years running. A few of his most popular tracks are (classicaly) “Daylight”, “Fast Cars“, or “Bent Life” and to get a kick of his newer stuff check out “None Shall Pass”, or “Zero Dark Thirty”.