Aesop Rock (born Ian Bavitz on June 5, 1976) is an alternative hip hop artist/producer from Northport, New York, United States. He has released seven albums: "Music for Earthworms" (1997), "Float" (1999), "Labor Days" (2001), "Bazooka Tooth" (2003), "None Shall Pass" (2007), "Skelethon" (2012) and "The Impossible Kid" (2016). He is also a member of the groups Hail Mary Mallon, The Weathermen, Two of Every Animal and The Uncluded.
Bavitz was born in Syosset, New York and grew up in Northport, New York. Read more on Last.fm
2008 None Shall Pass - Instrumentals And Accapellas
2007 None Shall Pass (Bonus Track Version)
2004 Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives
2003 Bazooka Tooth
2001 Labor Days
May 18, 2018
Here is something new - KLUTZ.
Occasionally song structure eludes me and it feels good. No problem-solving or pesky hit chorus, just rambling. Klutz is such a moment. I had started a couple things to this beat before sacrificing it to the gods of not-shutting-up, but this seemed a fitting fate. I hope you enjoy it.
My longtime video collaborator, Rob Shaw, helped visualize my long-windedness, and I’m excited to have Steve Espo Powers gracing the artwork for the release. Lyrics below.
Available now on digital platforms: https://rse.lnk.to/Klutz
Pre-Order the limited 7" vinyl and t-shirt from Fifth Element: http://bit.ly/KlutzFE
Lyrics: Can’t motherfuck a motherfucker, from the underfunded Klutz who never undercut the butcher, The pick-a-booger-at-your-wake is bumping “I’m your pusher” also at your wake, Juvenile Intruders at the gate, brooding over waking history that bubbles from the blinking 12s of VCRs and Microwaves, like time machines for shrinking elders, rifling through their recipe, carrots, onions, celery, what unique amalgam of piss and repugnant energy spun him out of the 70s, to b-line for dessert? Fire-eater trying to keep it on the green side of the dirt, this is tea-time with the worst, geriatrics on decline of berserk, back in my day we were 3x more alert, now I go through my old clothing trying to find nostalgic threads to sell, walk away feeling like I should have never dressed myself, sincerely I was never on the cutting edge, my hand was on the hilt, you’re free to build with the other end, shriek into the vacuum If in spite of your accomplishments, you wake up feeling empty like Houdini’s grave probably is, volley with the quintessential digital-ager, Im offended by everything, my opinions comes in manger, oh boy, depreciating since they drove me off the lot, still into ghost stories and pot and the classic coconut bra, procedural crime drama shows with holes in the plot, and reminding clones there’s more to coping than a nose full of snot, ah, old pros throw 'bows to the 808, you couldn't throw a rope over a baby gate, bishop to queen 4 in damn Daniels under ram skulls, plan for cloudy with a chance of anvils, fever dreams of padded cells and jagged pills in frozen pipes, socialites from pageant hell with plastic smells and robot eyes, I’m hoping you all grow into the sentience you assume, as your moment of self-reflection is a moment for me too, look, with the steel chair, sure to serve the veal rare, brush up your evasion and basic tactical field care, I was on that constant futile rage before the internet, I been ignored for longer than you’ve been interested, the posse promise you nobody feels threatened by a scarecrow covered in crows who feel welcomed, that’s like hellions thinking hell is just ok but needs some polish, It helps to know intimidation’s all about the optics, come duck a bounty, it's a hoot, Suffolk County it's a zoo, puppy chow and bitches brew, it's not exactly chicken soup, it’s heavy-lifters lifting, it’s ginseng on his whistling, it’s we don’t find the flippancy convincing, 2 for flinching, older yeller, never knew a no-kill shelter in his doggie days, now I draw my neighbors over kouign amanns and coffee stains, a walled and whirling urchin, more observant than audacious, I document the great unwashed and curse in Lithuanian, for a gallery of grifters channeling Sid’s action figures grafted with his little sister’s after markers glue and scissors, it’s trippy, the truth and fiction moving to a center, maybe it’s weirder they’ve never been photographed together, sometimes the stomach disappears from under a retreating lens, and patterns of a need to please abusive folk reveal themselves, I’m peeling back the layers, I’m sneaking past the lasers, I’m a lover, I’m a fighter, I’m a seed to blackened acres, the dogs I think are following me home are out to kill me, your music makes a motherfucker wanna move to Elm Street, rejection of the spirit by the body at your service, if you mess-up every friendship come get swept up in the current, here, wheels fall off of cars when they see him, seas part, green trees march out of Eden, I'm known to eat the heart and keep the archery uneven, are you starting to be part of the kinesis?
May 16, 2018
Courtesy of ESPO's Art World
Studio of Stephen Powers
Shot and edited by Matthew Kuborn
Nov 01, 2017
New song and video - "Hot Dogs"
"Hot Dogs" is an audio/video project celebrating the tangents of a delirious brain over the course of a late-night skate to the store. The song was written and produced by myself. The video was shot and edited by Kurt Hayashi, and features the skateboarding of Jake Gascoyne. The three of us collaborated conceptually to bring "Hot Dogs" to the screen.
The digital version of "Hot Dogs" is available now for streaming and purchase from your provider of choice. You can also pre-order the limited 7” vinyl version which features both the song and the instrumental, as well as art/design by Jake Gascoyne, exclusively at Fifth Element.
100% of the proceeds from "Hot Dogs" digital sales and streaming and all vinyl pre-orders, now thru Nov 23rd, will all be donated to Grind For Life, Inc. – a charity started by skateboarder Mike Rogers after his second battle with sarcoma cancer. The organization's mission is to provide financial support to patients and families when traveling long distances to doctors and hospitals. More info can be found on their website: http://www.grindforlife.org/
Apologies for all inconvenienced by the cancellation of September’s Australia tour. The reasons for the cancellation are layered, and personal, and not stuff I care to share with anyone outside my immediate circle - hence the term “unforeseen circumstances”. It’s certainly not a decision I took lightly, but one that was very important to make. Love y’all, and sorry for the times I’ve let you down. I’m doing the best I can.
Beyond all this - I have other thoughts I want to express regarding my future in music, which I had hoped would all be neatly summarized in the sweetest paragraph of all time by now - but I can’t seem to find the right words, or even decide what I want to say. I guess I’ll speak on it if/when it feels natural.
Until then - peace and thank you. Beautiful day in Brooklyn. Gonna go for a walk.
Aug 23, 2017
Brooklyn, NYC: We're here!
Come rock with us TONIGHT at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Myself, Rob Sonic and DJ Zone. Also, Grimace Federation.
Grab tickets now: http://bit.ly/Aesop082317
Aug 14, 2017
Brooklyn, NYC: We're coming to rock.
Myself, Rob Sonic and DJ Zone as well as Grimace Federation. August 23rd at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Tickets available here: http://bit.ly/Aesop082317
Aug 11, 2017
The Bushwick Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack produced by yours truly is available digitally NOW at your store of choice.
Aug 11, 2017
Lice is back with a brand new invention: Triple Fat Lice. Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman once again join forces for this 100% FREE digital EP brought to you by Rhymesayers Entertainment and Stones Throw Records. Artwork by Jeremy Fish Artwork.
In addition - the limited VINYL version of Triple Fat Lice is available to pre-order NOW from Fifth Element and Stones Throw. Please do so if that is of interest to you.
Fifth Element: http://bit.ly/Lice3FE
Stones Throw: http://bit.ly/Lice3ST
Should you feel inspired to cough up some dough after receiving the gift of digital song free of charge, here are some places we've mentioned in the past that could use your help-
Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman
Jul 13, 2017
Check out "Corner Store", the first song released from the Bushwick Movie soundtrack, NOW at CraveOnline.
Jul 13, 2017
NYC: To celebrate the premiere of Bushwick Movie (scored by me), I'll be performing at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 23rd with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, plus my friends Grimace Federation! Tickets on sale tomorrow at 12pm EST.
Jul 07, 2017
Milwaukee, WI -
Come see Rob Sonic and myself at Summerfest today! We'll be performing on the Harley-Davidson Stage at 7:30pm
Jun 09, 2017
It gives me great pleasure to announce a return to the great midwestern region of this fine land. This July, I will head out with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone to do some professional-grade rapping. We will also bring our friend Open Mike Eagle (He's pro at rap too.)
Find the dates below and we'll see you when we get there.
May 25, 2017
This May 25th marks 9 years since the death of my friend Camu Tao, an event that serves as an emotional and narrative anchor in both this song and my life. I wanted to reflect on things that had changed since, and try to connect some events I hadn't realized were potentially related.
I asked my long-time friend and collaborator Coro to create some drawings that would accent parts of the lyrics, and director Rob Shaw was able to guide and weave the video into what it is here.
Camu was entirely singular as an artist and human. You may notice those who knew him speak of him often still - his presence and humor and imagination and energy and impact. It's all still right there. I hope some of you that may not be familiar go check out his music. This man was something special.
Unrelated factoid: This song was originally called The Impossible Kid, titled after the line in the song that employs the phrase. I ended up liking the name and moving it up the ladder. I then settled on "Get Out of the Car" borrowed from the last line - which, while a somewhat clunky title, felt like it got to the point nicely.
Buy or Stream The Impossible Kid now: https://rse.lnk.to/AesopTIK
May 24, 2017
Bushwick in theatres Aug. 25th. Very proud to have made music for this jammer.
May 10, 2017
Milwaukee.. Rob Sonic and I will be performing at Summerfest on July 7th with Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Grieves, Soul Position (Blueprint & RJD2), Sa-Roc, Plain Ole Bill, and LAST WORD.
May 09, 2017
Bushwick in theaters and on-demand August 25th!
This is the first feature film I've done original music for, and I am beyond excited to see this thing on the screen. Humongous love and thanks to all involved.
Sundance goers - I wish badly I could be there for the upcoming premier of Bushwick, but I am currently on tour. Seeing this project come to fruition has been awesome - and the entire team is excited for its debut. Here is a list of showtimes for this weekend at the festival-
Saturday, January 21, midnight
Library Center Theatre, Park City
Sunday, January 22, 9:00 p.m.
Temple Theatre, Park City
Thursday, January 26, 6:30 p.m.
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City
Saturday, January 28, 11:45 p.m.
Egyptian Theatre, Park City
Jan 05, 2017
A message for anyone attending my upcoming Toronto show at Rebel -
To anyone who paid a “VIP” price for balcony seating at our original gig at Mod - Firstly I’d like to say that that was not supposed to happen. I don’t do “VIP” tickets or pricing, and this was going on without my knowledge. Secondly - the show is now at Rebel, so whatever fancy seats were being sold before don’t exist now anyway.
If you paid for a “VIP” ticket - you can be refunded the additional cost by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks a ton for making the larger show possible - and I apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.
For tickets to the show: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/1000518D9C3D6F58
Dec 16, 2016
Due to overwhelming demand, we have moved the Toronto show from The Phoenix Concert Theatre up to REBEL.
Additional tickets on sale now; All tickets from previous venues will be honored. Balcony tickets purchased will be honored at the balcony in the new venue.
Get your tickets:
Dec 07, 2016
Due to overwhelming demand we have moved the Toronto show on Jan 29 from Mod Club Theatre to The Phoenix Concert Theatre.
Additional tickets on sale now, all tickets from the original venue will be honored.
Tickets on sale here:
Dec 07, 2016
Thanks all for making #Bedstock a huge success and for supporting MyMusicRx! ICYMI, catch The Uncluded playing from bed at http://bedstock.com
Dec 05, 2016
Happy to announce that the film Bushwick, which I scored, has been accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. Bushwick is an action movie starring David Bautista and Brittany Snow - and was directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. Super happy about this, and I hope you all get a chance to see it sometime in the not-so-distant future.
Attached is a still from the film with a little sample of some of the music.