Aesop Rock descends upon the Social to prove that he's the most literate rapper in the game


After a four-year drought of solo material, rapper Aesop Rock has been downright prolific in 2016. First came the full-length The Impossible Kid in April, an album on which Rock simultaneously handled the lion's share of the production end and went way deeper into his own psyche lyrically, resulting in what might be his most complete artistic statement yet. But wait, there's more! At the end of May, Rock flexed his production muscles again, this time helming the stellar Vigilante Genesis EP for Blueprint. And since The Shining taught us that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, Rock recently hit the road on a 38-date tour across the country. Yo La Tengo will not be along for this run as his backing band, but that's no reason not to see a hip-hop artist still innovating after two decades.

with Rob Sonic, DJ Zone | 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $20