Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic

July 18
7:30 p.m.
When indie-rap cult hero Aesop Rock first announced his current tour, with no Minneapolis show planned, he took to Twitter to let Minnesota fans know that would soon change. He had good reason to make it a priority: He's worked with local rappers going back to the turn of the millennium, and he's released his past two solo albums on Minneapolis label Rhymesayers. Now two full decades into the rap game, Aes is having some of his best musical years ever. In fact, he's getting better and better reviews, even from 20-something critics who grew up on Southern rap. First emerging as an integral piece of the Def Jux roster, he's continued to hone what he started: a grimy, sometimes psychedelic style of alt-rap fueled by a dazzling vocabulary. His work from the past year includes his Lice EP with Queens rapper Homeboy Sandman, which led to Run the Jewels comparisons, and his entirely self-produced solo LP, April's more personal The Impossible Kid. Opening are Rob Sonic, DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman, and deM atlaS.
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Zone at First Avenue in the Mainroom Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Zone with Homeboy Sandman and deM atlaS

Monday, July 18 | 7:30PM | $20 | 18+
First Avenue in the Mainroom
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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.