Starting the career with his self-released album, Music For Earthworms, Aesop Rock has touched the new heights in the rapping world with his unique and the widest vocabulary. Aesop Rock is an American hip-hop artist and producer as well. He is one of the most famous rappers in the world with Underground and Alternative rapping styles. His real name is Ian Matthias Bavitz. The name Aesop, he gained through a movie he had acted in and Rock was added later by throwing it in rhyme.
Aesop Rock was born in Huntington, Long Island in New York on May 11, 1976 and was brought up in Northport, New York. His father’s name is Paul and mother’s name is Jameija. He has two brothers named Christopher Theodore Bavitz (born 1973) and Graham James Bavitz (born 1978). He has tattoos on his forearms with ‘Must Not Sleep…’ written on the left arm and ‘…Must Warn Others’ on the right. Aesop Rock has used these quotes as lyrics in his songs Commencement at the Obedience Academy and Antisocial. Drawing and skating are Rock’s hobbies.
When he was 21 (in 1997), He released a self-financed album, Music For Earthworms, with famous underground rapper Percee P on two tracks. In 2000, Aesop released his first major album Float for the Mush label which was in real means his debut.
Aesop Rock is popular for his marvelous vocabulary. An analysis on rap artists’ vocabulary testing the number of unique words used in the first 35,000 lyrics, in 2012, concluded that Aesop Rock is the number one rap artist with 7,392 unique words in those lyrics.
In 2005, Aesop married his girlfriend Allyson Baker. She was the guitarist and vocalist of San Francisco’s rock band, Dirty Ghosts.
Education: He started his education from Northport High School in 1990 and did graduation in 1994. After attending high school, Bavitz started taking visual art classes at night. His passion towards the art took him to the Boston University in Massachusetts and there he acquired his visual art degree. He completed his bachelor’s degree in 1998.
Aesop Rock started the rapping in the early 1990. It was his elder brother, Chris who inspired him and introduced him to the rap world. He learnt to play bass guitar and rap over his brother’s productions in a Casio. Aesop used to listen the rock acts such as Dead Kennedys, Fugazi. While in college, Aesop recorded his first album, Music For Earthworms, in 1997 which was totally self-financed. However, he properly debuted with his next album, Float in 2000.
After releasing Float, Aesop Rock tied up with Manhattan-based label Definitive Jux (Def Jux), where he recorded Labor Days in 2001. This album was dedicated to the labor in American society and the concept of ‘wage slaves’. This album was most well-known for its single ‘Daylight’. Because of its popularity, Daylight was again released in 2002 with the new version of the song Night Light. Aesop’s biggest hit so far has been Daylight in the album Bazooka Tooth (2003 Definitive Jux), followed by Fast Cars, Danger, Fire And Knives (2005 Definitive Jux). In 2007, Rock moved to San Francisco with his wife and released None Shall Pass.
In April 29, 2016, his seventh studio album, The Impossible Kid, was released.
In May 2014, an analysis done by Matt Daniels found that Aesop Rock’s vocabulary in his music has dominated those of 85 other major hip-hop and rap artists. And it is also reported that he uses much wider vocabulary than Shakespeare. A subsequent study was also done by Mike Pultz. To build up his vocabulary, he reads newspapers and science articles and writes down all the words he finds interesting.
Aesop Rock Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $2.2 Million US Dollars
Aesop Rock is a hip hop recording artist, songwriter, producer and a poet as well. He is quite popular in Underground Hip Hop industry. He is the member of various groups such as ‘The Weathermen’, ’The Uncluded’, ‘Hail Mary Mallon’ and ‘Two of Every Animal’. As of now, Aesop Rock’s estimated net worth is approximately 2.2 million US dollars.
Aesop Rock remains a role model and has been a success story from the world of underground rap for many. He did lot of struggle to achieve these heights in his career and did various odd jobs like photo developer before starting his singing career.
Rock is on tour to promote 2015 album “The Impossible Kid.” A 48-minute long video that accompanies “The Impossible Kid” is a shot-for-shot tribute to horror film ‘The Shining’.