Fabled Aesop

The rhymes are strange and the beats are bleak, but Aesop Rock insists that his latest is anything but experimental

Oddly enough, Bavitz's success thrives on this confusion. It's why his music manages to appeal to fans of mainstream hip-hop as well as jaded underground purists. His beats go boom bap and his cadence flows with the ease of a veteran wordsmith. Yet cryptic lyrics like "Alpha uno compute/Motormouth askew at the root/Brick house huff blew the roof/Please don't feed the bazooka tooth/Evolution super fluke" indicate that he's taking his art in a new direction, even if it's not clear which way that is.

Coinciding with the release of Bazooka Tooth, Bavitz is trading the squalor of his Brooklyn pad for the squalor of a tour bus. But despite the attention paid him, despite the likelihood that he'll sell out most of his shows, the MC demurs at the notion that he might actually be famous, let alone a sex symbol.

"I don't want to be the next face of America," he says, taking a drag of his Parliament. "Mark my words, even if I sell out a club of 15,000 with all girls, I'm not taking my shirt off. I'm sorry. I know y'all are waiting to see the pasty stomach and everything."

Aesop Rock keeps it easy and greasy
Courtesy of Biz3
Aesop Rock keeps it easy and greasy

Details

Tuesday, November 18, at 9:00 p.m. Tickets range from $13 to $15. Call 305-358-8007.
I/O, 30 NE 14th St., Miami

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