A$AP Rocky may be the hottest new rapper on the block, but his alias is sure to give some hip hop heads déjà-vu. When asked if he was affiliated with Aesop Rock by Rap-Up, A$AP replied, “I didn’t even know who he was until people started asking me that. That’s my crew, everybody is ‘A$AP’ something.” For those readers who came of age in the early aughts, you might remember a certain wordy MC by the name of Aesop Rock. The former Def Jux first stringer was a heavyweight in the underground hip-hop circuit, back when physical Fat Beats record stores still existed and before Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine had the big doofy headphone industry on lock. Well Aesop has been absent for a while, but he’s prepping a comeback, with his first solo album in five years, Skelethon, set to come out on Rhymesayers this summer. Problem is, with the other Rock currently dominating the rap world, it might be hard for some to tell the two apart. That’s why Mass Appeal developed this handy “A$AP Rocky VS. Aesop Rock” cheat sheet to help you differentiate which hot rapper AR is spitting. Rock, rock on.
Related: Get to know A$AP Rocky’s entire crew with our A$AP Mob Family Tree.