One of the most interesting hip hop artists of today, in my opinion, is Aesop Rock. I’m not usually into rap or hip hop but this guy comes up with some incredible beats and some very interesting, often insightful lyrics. So I definitely take notice when any new material comes out, such as today.
With a new music video for “ZZZ Top”, which comes off his July 10th release Skelethon, Aesop Rock plays with the expectations of the viewer. See, I was expecting Rock to be the hero of the video, which is normal considering that the artist is 99.999% of the time the one shown in power. But not here. Instead, Rock gets knocked out and the Asian woman proceeds to kick the crap out of everyone in the warehouse. I’ve gotta commend Rock for this. Showing women in physical power while at the same time showing a man being beaten is a rarity in any type of medium. Kudos Aesop Rock, kudos to you.
Aesop Rock will also be heading out on a N. American tour with support coming from Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. Tour dates, and the video, are below.
Aesop Rock tour dates:
7/13 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
7/15 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
7/19 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
7/20 Vancouver, BC Venue
7/21 Seattle, WA Seattle Block Party
7/23 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
7/24 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
7/27 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
7/28 Chicago, IL Metro
7/30 Toronto, ON Mod Club
7/31 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
8/2 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
8/3 New York, NY Irving Plaza
8/4 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
8/5 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
8/7 Atlanta, GA The Loft
8/9 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
8/10 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
8/11 Austin, TX Mohawk
8/13 Tuscon, AZ Rialto Theater
8/14 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater
8/15 San Diego, CA Belly Up
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