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Aesop Rock backed by Yo La Tengo for his first network television debut — watch

Portland rapper delivers a fervent performance of "Dorks" on Colbert

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For artists like Aesop Rock who have been making music for nearly two decades, there are few firsts left. But last night, the Portland-based hip-hop artist and producer finally made his network television debut, appearing as the musical guest on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. 

The first-time appearance went as well as any could, and was made even more significant by the addition of backing band Yo La Tengo. The stage was coated in a shade of green as Aesop performed his single “Dorks” off his latest record, 2016’s The Impossible Kid. He rapped, “Don’t need no help/ All by myself,” and while it’s true that Aesop can stand tall on his own — sharing the stage with Yo La Tengo sure didn’t hurt.

Following the performance, Aesop tweeted “Well that happened.” And he later Instagrammed a photo of him looking quite content with his feet up on Colbert’s desk with the caption, “This.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0_0y5TmY4E

Watch the performance above.

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