Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

Aesop Rock

When: Mon., April 22, 9 p.m. 2013

Not to be confused with A$AP Rocky, a 24-year-old African-American rapper from Harlem, San Francisco-based, New York-bred Aesop Rock is a thirtysomething white rapper who came up in the early Millennium. He's a master of wordplay, and everything else -- including his often simple beats -- takes a backseat to his frenetic flow. While his style might not fit the mold of modern hip-hop, his message does: Long before Death Grips attempted hip-hop anarchy, Aesop Rock spit truths about capitalism and corporate America on his seminal 2001 album Labor Days. On last year's Skelethon, he sounded a little less angry, but no less heady, his imagery still surreal and his mood still manic. Originally scheduled to perform in January, Aesop Rock will play The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) on Monday, Apr. 22, with longtime collaborators Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, and fellow Gen X rapper Busdriver, who'll open the show. All tickets from the Jan. 19 date will be honored. 9 p.m., $18, $20.

Whitney Phaneuf

Price: $18, $20

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