Not only is Aesop Rock a dope emcee, he knows what’s up when it comes to sniffing out a great taqueria or a late-night snack in San Francisco. The NY-to-SF transplant shares some of his favorite things about the city.
Favorite SF neighborhood outside of the one you live in now:
Hm. I kind of like the Dogpatch neighborhood because it’s just kind of weird, and desired, and warehouse-y. It feels kind of like a west coat Gotham.
Best show you’ve attended in the Bay Area:
That’s hard. Sharon Jones at The Warfield was awesome.
Most Memorable local gig:
I’ve had fun at a lot of SF venues, now that I think about it. Our last show at Great American sticks out just because we had a crazy stage set (Check out the pics from that show). Playing The Fillmore feels awesome because it’s The Fillmore. The Independent is great — really, there are a bunch of fun venues there.
Best meal for $10 or less:
Any taqueria can hook you up for under $10, but then you get into the argument of which is best.
I probably hit Cancun the most. Lately, I’ve been going to El Metate. And the Chairman Bao bun truck is really fucking good and under $10. Grubstake, late night, and the crepe truck across from Slim’s.
Favorite SF dive:
I don’t drink, so I don’t know bars too well. I guess Zeitgeist is decent for a non-drinker because of the patio. I don’t know If that’s really a “dive” or not. I’m bad at bar terminology.
Three things that make it hard to leave the city:
1) Laid back vibe.
2) I love driving in SF.
3) Weather is unbeatable.
Three things that make it hard to come back:
It’s not hard to come back. I guess the large number of homeless and addicts on the street is depressing, but sadly enough, you kinda get used to it.
For a good time, call:
Bob’s Donuts at around 1am and see what’s hot.
Aesop Rock performs with Kimya Dawson at The Independent on June 14th. Tickets are $20 and the show starts at 8pm.