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A$AP VS. AESOP

Monday 16th, July 2012 / 12:10

HIP-HOP 101

Anyone worth their weight in Jansports did a collective head cock when all their 18-year-old cousins started saying swag like they had Tourette’s. Not because of the sheer goofiness of it all, but because a man named A$AP Rocky started it all. “Do you mean Aesop Rock?” I would ask. A collective “No…who’s that” would be the constant reply. Well, Aesop is the veteran here, part of the hip-hop pantheon of the Definitive Juxtaposition label that saw some of the finest independent hip-hop albums of the 00’s from El-P, Cannibal Ox, RjD2, Mr. Lif and his own, Labor Days. A$AP is a young gun, but has received heaps of praise for his wordplay and beyond human swagger; so much so that Sony just threw heaps of moolah at him. Y2K was twelve years ago and Lord knows we’re not getting any younger, so let BeatRoute bridge the gap between mix tape and podcast and get down to brass tax on the difference between Aesop and A$AP.

Name: A$AP Rocky

Real Name: Rakim Mayers
Age: 23
Hometown: Harlem, NY
Current City: New York City
Utterances of Swag: Hundreds
Era: Black-Eyed Peas as pop foursome
Biggest Influences: Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Origin of name: A$AP (his crew) Rocky (short for Rakim)
Drinks: 4 Loko, 40s
Chronic: purple
First Release: LiveLoveA$AP, 2011
Crew: A$AP Mob
Favourite Movies: Scarface, Belly, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Favourite Ice Cream: Rocky Road (Duh)
Associates: Schoolboy Q, Black Hippy, Danny Brown
J.R.R. Tolkien References: none
Independent?: Not exactly…

Name: Aesop Rock

Real Name: Ian Bavitz
Age: 36
Hometown: Northport, NY
Current City: San Francisco
Utterances of Swag: None
Era: Black-Eyed Peas as hip-hop threesome
Biggest Influences: Run D.M.C., Beastie Boys
Origin of Name: Aesop Rock (as in the fables are dope)
Drinks: Açai smoothies with wheatgrass
Chronic: green
First Release: Float, 2000
Crew: Def Jux, Weathermen
Favourite Movies: Gummo, Un Chien Andalou, Waking Life
Favourite Ice Cream: Tiger Tail
Associates: Cage, Breezly Brewin’, El-P
J.R.R. Tolkien References: Bilbo Baggins “Float”
Independent?: As fuck…

Catch Aesop Rock at Venue on July 20th.

By Jordan Cook
Illustration: Ben Jacques

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