Aesop Rock

Skelethon available now!

New York-born, San Francisco-based Aesop Rock (aka Ian Bavitz) is a critically acclaimed hip hop artist/producer, recognized for his dense and abstract word play. Between 1997-2007, he released five solo albums, three EPs, and a 45-minute piece of music designed for runners, commissioned by Nike. His lyrics have been published in the New York Times Best Seller Hip Hop Speaks to Children, by author/activist Professor Nikki Giovanni (Oct. 2008), as well as Yale University's Anthology of Rap (Nov. 2010). Aesop is also co-founder of, a creative resource of arts, information, and oddities.

Since the release of Aesop’s last solo album None Shall Pass (2007), Aesop toured the US extensively, as well as Australia, UK and Europe, returning to an eclectic mix of collaborations, landing him both behind the board and in front of the mic. He provided music for the short film Wallyball (Apr. 2008) for the McSweeney’s “Wholphin” short film series, scored the Ace Norton-directed short film Dewana's Bridal (Sep. 2009), produced the third installment of the Slug and Murs Felt series A Tribute to Rosie Perez (Nov. 2009), contributed both beats and vocals on Kimya Dawson's album Thunder Thighs (Oct. 2011), created music in collaboration with Jeremy Fish's “Ghosts of the Barbary Coast” art show in SF (2009), co-produced SF rock outfit Dirty Ghosts' debut album Metal Moon, (Feb. 2012), and started and recorded albums with two new groups – Hail Mary Mallon (with rapper Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz) and the Uncluded (with Kimya Dawson). Aesop also started his own imprint, Block Block Chop, which is now the home to his catalog.

Skelethon marks the first entirely self-produced album for Aesop Rock, with additional instrumentation and back-up vocals from the likes of Allyson Baker (Dirty Ghosts), Hanni El Khatib, Nicky Fleming-Yaryan, Rob Sonic, and the Grimace Federation, as well as scratch performances provided by long-time friend and collaborator DJ Big Wiz.

Starting off by touching on the death of a close friend in 2008, subject matter wades through subsequent losses, jostled memories, relationships gone awry, and the occasionally amusing, if futile, attempts we make to cope with these things. There is light humor in the darkest corners, juxtaposed with pitch black in the jokes. With Kimya Dawson as its sole vocal collaborator, Skelethon is packed with Aesop's unique handle on interweaving imagery and urgency together in what will surely prove to be the centerpiece of his catalog thus far.

"...hyper-enunciated rhymes filled with poetic imagery" - ROLLING STONE

"...raw, intelligent, urgent" - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"...a vulnerable story-telling style that's all too rare among this genre's tough-guys" - NEW YORK MAGAZINE

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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

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

Thanks a ton for making the larger show possible - and I apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

For tickets to the show:

Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone w/ Homeboy Sandman at Icon on Jan 7, 2017 9:00 PM

Sioux Falls, SD -

Join me at the ICON on January 7th with Rob Sonic, DJ Zone, and Homeboy Sandman for the Hey Kirby Tour!

Get your tickets now: Must be 18+ to attend. Doors 8p / Show 9p

Aesop Rock at Rebel (Formerly known as Sound Academy) on Jan 29, 2017

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: on Ticketmaster Canada

Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone - Tickets - Toronto, Ontario

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: Get tickets to Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone at Mod Club Theatre, Toronto, Ontario on 01/29/17

Thanks all for making #Bedstock a huge success and for supporting MyMusicRx! ICYMI, catch The Uncluded playing from bed at

Videos (See all)

Bushwick (2016) - Score Snippet
Party's Over
Aesop Rock - "Dorks"
Aesop Rock - "Blood Sandwich" Music Video
Aesop Rock - New Friend Ship Skateboards
Aesop Rock - "Rings" Music Video
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