Aesop Rock

Born 11 May 1976.
Aesop Rock

Biography

Ian Matthias Bavitz (born June 5, 1976), better known by his stage name Aesop Rock, is an American hip hop recording artist and producer residing in San Francisco, California. He was at the forefront of the new wave of underground and alternative hip hop acts that emerged during the late 1990s and early 2000s (decade). He was signed to El-P's Definitive Jux label until it went on hiatus in 2010. Betterpropaganda ranked him at number 19 at the Top 100 Artists of the Decade. He is a member of the groups The Weathermen, Hail Mary Mallon (with Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz), The Uncluded (with Kimya Dawson) and Two Of Every Animal (with Cage). Regarding his name, he said: "I acquired the name Aesop from a movie I had acted in with some friends. It was my character's name and it sort of stuck. The rock part came later just from throwing it in rhymes."

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Skelethon

    Skelethon 2012

    Reviewed by Adam Kennedy
    Rap that can join the unflinchingly candid with the unfalteringly compelling.
  2. Review of None Shall Pass

    None Shall Pass 2007

    Reviewed by Louis Pattison
    Incoherent but gritty offering from the San Francisco rapper/producer.