A$AP Rocky and Aesop Rock are synonymous to rap.

A$AP Rocky VS. Aesop Rock

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 emcee 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 AR is spitting. Rock, rock on.

A$AP Rocky Vs. Aesop Rock

A$AP Rocky

Gov’t Name: Rakim Mayers
Named After Famous Rapper: Yes
Pseudonyms: Pretty Flaco
Age: 23
Birthplace: Harlem, NY
Rapping Style’s Birthplace: Houston, TX
College: School of Hard Knocks
Crew: A$AP Mob
Affiliates: Drake, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, Clams Casino
Years in the Game: 1
Solo Albums: 0
Solo EPs: 0
Solo Mixtapes: 1
Relationship to Rocky Balboa: None
Label: ASAP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music/Sony Music Entertainment
Wifey: Iggy Azalea (Australian rapper signed to Interscope)
Aesop Rock Leather Jacket

Aesop Rock

Gov’t Name: Ian Matthias Bavitz
Named After Famous Rapper: No
Pseudonyms: Bazooka Tooth
Age: 35
Birthplace: Long Island, NY
Rapping Style’s Birthplace: New York, NY
College: Boston University
Crew: The Weathermen, Hail Mary Mallon
Affiliates: El-P, Cage, Slug, Murs, Kimya Dawson
Years in the Game: 15
Solo Albums: 5
Solo EPs: 3
Solo Mixtapes: 0
Relationship to Rocky Balboa: None
Label: Mush (2000), Definitive Jux (2001-2010), Rhymesayers (2011 – present)
Wifey: Allyson Baker (guitarist for indie rock group, Dirty Ghosts)



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