Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone

Smash Magazine Presents

Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone

Homeboy Sandman

Wed · May 18, 2016

7:00 pm

Fremont Country Club

Las Vegas, Nevada

$20.00

This event is 21 and over

Aesop Rock
Aesop Rock
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.
Homeboy Sandman
Homeboy Sandman
Peace and love. My name is Homeboy Sandman. I'm a musician from Queens, New York. Hip hop is my genre. My label is Stones Throw, and though they may be a little slow when it comes to artist bios, everybody knows that when it comes to progressive hip hop, creative hip hop, boundary pushing hip hop, hip hop changing hip hop, nobody does it better. My fourth album is dropping this summer. It's called "First of a Living Breed." That's going to be my fourth album in 5 years. In addition to 2 EPs and a 33 track mixtape. I'm pretty prolific with mines. Can't nobody rhyme like me and I get respect from all walks of life on this planet. Rich to poor, this color to that, because I show love for real, and I'm not scared. Peace.
Venue Information:
Fremont Country Club
601 E Fremont St
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101
http://www.fremontcountryclubvegas.com/