THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
Indie-rap paragon Aesop Rock
is a figure who, in proving that left turns could be viable, paved the way for a whole millennial generation
of daring hip-hop artists. This decade, however, he’s been a little less present than last. But, as his new album (The Impossible Kid,
his first one in four years and only second this decade) and latest Orlando performance (July 5, The Social) prove, the man’s retained all his edge
For the show, he brought his Hail Mary Mallon
bandmate Rob Sonic
to fill things out.
With both players on the same stage, they naturally couldn’t resist the ripe opportunity to drop some of that material. But Sonic was wingman this time, and the focus was clear. And Aesop Rock still runs it like a damn boss
with fervor, technique and cred.
By now, he’s become a stalwart model of classic alternative rap
with his compressed but fluid lyrical architecture and subterranean musical slants. Most telling of his mark is how strong his grip remains on a crowd. Concert goers here could barely all fit in the venue yet rested squarely in the palm of his hand.
With fans who respond to his art-minded frequency with hard-core zeal, not even flinching at the swelter of Central Florida’s best Hell impression, Aesop Rock is as notable of an indie success
as they come.
This Little Underground is Orlando Weekly's music column providing perspective, live reviews and news on the city's music scene.
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