Rob Sonic

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Rob Sonic
Birth name Rob Smith
Also known as Bobby Freedom
Origin The Bronx, New York City, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer
Years active 1998-present
Labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers Entertainment
Associated acts Sonic Sum, Hail Mary Mallon

Rob Sonic is a hip hop artist from The Bronx. He is a member of Sonic Sum and Hail Mary Mallon.


As a child growing up, Rob Sonic devoted himself to many styles of music. He was a follower of artists such as The Beatles, Run DMC, Kraftwerk, Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, Public Enemy, Muddy Waters, Ultramagnetic MC's, The Clash among many others.

In 2000, Rob Sonic gained critical acclaim as the front man of the group Sonic Sum, whose first album The Sanity Annex won rave reviews in the United States, Europe and Japan, with Spin voting it the "2nd Best Album of the Year that No One Heard". Word got around and soon came offers from artists like DJ Krush and Funkstörung to work with them on their albums, a collaboration with Slug and Mike Ladd, as well as shout outs from Radiohead, Bobbito Garcia, Autechre and others.

During 2003, Rob Sonic signed to Definitive Jux after he and label head El-P realised they shared the same management. He released the first solo album Telicatessen on the label in 2004, along with the second solo album Sabotage Gigante in 2007. The song "Sniper Picnic" from Telicatessen was featured in the game Tony Hawk's American Wasteland. Also, the song "Brand New Vandals" was featured in the game Skate 3. He appears on the tracks "Dark Heart News" and "The Harbor Is Yours" from Aesop Rock's album None Shall Pass in 2007.

In 2011, Rob Sonic released an album Are You Gonna Eat That? with Aesop Rock and DJ Big Wiz under the alias Hail Mary Mallon. The album was released on Rhymesayers Entertainment.



Rob Sonic
Hail Mary Mallon (Rob Sonic with Aesop Rock & DJ Big Wiz)
Sonic Sum (Rob Sonic with Erik M.O., Fred One & Preservation)
  • The Sanity Annex (Ozone Music, 1999)
  • Films (Tri-Eight Music Supplies, 2004)


Sonic Sum
  • Plaster Man (Ozone Music, 2002)
  • Operazor EP (Tri-Eight Music Supplies, 2003)


  • "Downtown Maze / Skypirate" (Ozone Music, 1998) (with Sonic Sum)
  • "Callarama Gala / Flatlands" (Ozone Music, 1999) (with Sonic Sum)
  • "Himbro St. / It's An Ashtray" (Ozone Music, 2000) (with Sonic Sum)
  • "Rocket" (Ozone Music, 2001) (with Sonic Sum)
  • "Films" (Tri-Eight Music Supplies, 2003) (with Sonic Sum)
  • "Death Vendor / Dylsexia" (Definitive Jux, 2004)
  • "Shoplift" (Definitive Jux, 2004)
  • "Fatman and Littleboy / The Over Under" (Definitive Jux, 2006)
  • "Rock the Convoy" (Definitive Jux, 2007)
  • "Meter Feder" (Rhymesayers Entertainment, 2011) (with Hail Mary Mallon)

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