Aesop Rock Will Donate North Carolina Concert Proceeds to LGBT Non-Profit Following Controversial HB2 Law
Aesop Rock is taking a stand and putting his money where his mouth is. Fresh off the release of his new album, The Impossible Kid, the Rhymesayers rapper is headed out on tour this month. But in light of North Carolina's newly-passed and controversial HB2 Law, which prevents transgender people from using bathrooms corresponding to the gender with which they identify, Aesop Rock has decided to do things differently for his tour stops in the Southern state.
While some celebs like Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen have decided to skip North Carolina on their summer tours in protest, Aesop Rock will do the opposite -- with a twist.
The "Rings" rapper has announced that he plans to support North Carolina’s LGBT community not by canceling his tour stop in the state, but by donating all concert proceeds from the night to Equality NC. Aesop made the announcement with a post on his Facebook page.
"The discriminatory HB2 law is shameful. We felt that canceling the show outright would not represent our fanbase who also stand against such injustices, and hope that by contributing to the fight locally we can do our small part in a much larger mission," he wrote.
As for his seventh studio album, The Impossible Kid, Aesop kept things simple, dropping a project free of features and even executive produced the album himself. Driven by the singles "Rings" and "Lazy Eye," not to mention an ear-catching remix of Pusha T's "Untouchable," Aesop has proven he can rap circles around the competition for years now.
Check out Aesop's message for fans below.
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