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Aesop Rock 

When: Sat., Jan. 19, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $18-$20

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 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, Aesop Rock sounds a little less angry, but no less heady -- his imagery still surreal and his mood still manic. He'll be joined by fellow Gen X rappers Busdriver and Rob Sonic plus DJ Big Wiz at The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) on Saturday, Jan. 19. 9 p.m., $18, $20. TheNewParish.com

— Whitney Phaneuf

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