Aaron Cohen knew he wasn’t going anywhere in Seattle. “I just needed to get out. I wasn’t doing anything productive,” said the Jewish rapper of his hometown. Three years ago, he moved to New York, fell in with a nascent collective called Inner City Kids, and was soon producing music, doing shows and shooting videos.
Cohen has forged relationships with many young New York MCs, including members of A$AP Mob. He performs regularly with A$AP Ant, and A$AP Ty produced a single, “Feminist,” that appeared on a mixtape Cohen dropped last year via the record label arm of fashion powerhouse Mishka NYC. “Murk” also features tracks produced by Infinite Jeanius, Black Noi$e and Ryan Hemsworth.
Cohen lives in Queens, but he got his start at venues like the Bowery Poetry Club. He also spends a lot of time working out of a Bushwick studio owned by percussionist/rapper Kassa Overall, who, for this episode of Play Room, joined Cohen at SoHo’s Serious Business Records for a run-through of “Potential Fans.”