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Aesop Rock (born Ian Bavitz) is an American hip-hop artist. Emerging during the new wave of the late [[1990, he signed to the Def Jux label.

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Comparison with Bob DylanEdit

It is tempting to label Aesop Rock as the Bob Dylan of hip-hop.

Dylan contracted his music prowess by falling in love with folk music and absorbing as much of it as he possibly could during his teenage years. He then used this knowledge to create his own take on the music; an extremely lyrical style accented by sparse guitar and sung in his unconventional yet incredibly individual voice. His music became increasingly popular due to the observational and revealing lyrics about himself and the current times. He was somewhat reclusive and tended to stray away from the media during this time period before finally accepting their presence. Then Dylan went electric and turned away many of his hardcore fans before finally winning them back after they accepted his new musical explorations.

Aesop Rock contracted his musical prowess by falling in love with hip-hop music and absorbing as much of it as he possibly could during his teenage years. He then used this knowledge to create his own take on the music; an extremely lyrical style accented by Blockhead's (on [[Float, Aesop Rock|Floa and [[Labor Days, Aesop Rock|Labor Day) beats and rapped in his unconventional yet incredibly individual voice. His music became increasingly popular due to the observational and revealing lyrics about himself and the current times. He was very reclusive and tended to stray away from the media during this time period before finally accepting their presence. Then Aesop began producing his own tracks and started to experiment with his sound and turned away many of his hardcore fans before finally winning them back with [[Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives, Aesop Rock|Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knive after they accepted his new musical explorations.

As you can see, the similarities are apparent in a general sense, though I am taking a bit of creative assumptions. Aesop Rock's flow can only be explain as lyrical, and his voice, gritty. It takes you by surprise the first time you hear it. But after a few listens, and an understanding of his lyrics, respect is a given. He quickly rose to success with the Blockhead produced [[Float, Aesop Rock|Floa and [[Labor Days, Aesop Rock|Labor Day, and became the figure head for El-P's Def Jux records in the early 00s. The fame caught the shy Bavitz by surprise and caused a reclusiveness as his name gained even more acclaim. He later returned to the spotlight with the [[Daylight, Aesop Rock|Dayligh EP, which gave sight to a new, more confident Aesop, along with his own production experiments. 2003's Bazooka Tooth was almost solely self-produced, but was poorly received on a whole as fans were still hung up on the more revealing previous albums. In 2005, Aesop Rock once again returned to the limelight with confidence and an undeniable swagger, and [[Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives, Aesop Rock|Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knive, which included a small book of an insert with all the lyrics to his previous releases, has taken the hip-hop community by storm once again.

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DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • Appleseed
  • [[Music for Earthworms:Aesop Rock|Music for Earthworm
  • [[Float:Aesop Rock|Floa 1999 (Mush)
  • [[Labor Days:Aesop Rock|Labor Day 2001 (Def Jux)
  • Bazooka Tooth 2003 (Def Jux)
  • [[None Shall Pass:Aesop Rock|None Shall Pas 2007 (Def Jux)

EPsEdit

  • [[Daylight:Aesop Rock|Dayligh 2002 (Def Jux)
  • [[Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives:Aesop Rock|Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knive 2005 (Def Jux)

SinglesEdit

  • [[Coma/Maintenance:Aesop Rock|Coma/Maintenanc 12" (Def Jux)
  • [[Boombox/Kill Em All Remix/Labor:Aesop Rock|Boombox/Kill Em All Remix/Labo 12" (Def Jux)
  • [[Daylight/Night Light/Nickle Plated Pockets:Aesop Rock|Daylight/Night Light/Nickle Plated Pocket 12" (Def Jux)
  • [[Freeze/Greatest Pac-Man Victory In History:Aesop Rock|Freeze/Greatest Pac-Man Victory In Histor 12” (Def Jux)
  • [[Easy/No Jumper Cables:Aesop Rock|Easy/No Jumper Cable 12” (Def Jux)

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