The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has likely been the most hip-hop friendly late night show in history, having featured everyone from Chance, to Kendrick, to Desiigner and many more on his program. Now, Aesop Rock has joined the ranks, performing a very special rendition of The Impossible Kid single Dorks with the wonderful Yo La Tengo as his backing band.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) June 13, 2016
Aesop is currently on tour throughout the States, and stopped in New York City to play on the late night show. It’s a remarkable feat for the rapper who, as Colbert points out, has been making music for more than two decades, but that this performance marks his very first appearance on network TV ever. Yes!
Yo La Tengo’s backing music makes for a seriously cool addition, adding chunky guitars and huge percussion, a really interesting shift away from Aesop’s self-handled production on the album.
The lighting is great, too, following the green and purple motif of the album artwork. It’s really exciting to see Aes receiving such widespread recognition like this. Considering he’s announced that The Impossible Kid has given him the highest first week sales of his entire career of his career, it seems pretty evident that more people are clocking on. Aes himself was no doubt amazed:
Well that happened
— Aesop Rock (@AesopRockWins) June 13, 2016
Watch below and read our review of The Impossible Kid here.