A$AP Rocky – ‘Long.Live.A$AP’: Album Review

January 15, 2013 § 1 Comment

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After his 2011 mixtape Live.Love.A$AP, Harlem newcomer became the talk of the music industry. Due to his innovative lyrics and unique sense of style, he was respected by both rappers and fashionistas alike. Rocky rode the wave of fame with ease, and brought all of his experiences to his debut album Long.Live.A$AP – a display of the rapper’s natural ability to experiment with sounds and actually make them sound good.

The title track “Long Live A$AP” sounds like it was made in a science lab, accompanied by Rocky’s brazen and confident flow.  It has an ominous but childlike quality to it, thanks to the sing-song hook mastered by the rapper himself – “Who said you can’t live forever lied.”

“Goldie” has the title of being one of the rapper’s most swagged-out tracks to dates, with him dropping designer names like Margiela and bragging about his endless supply of money. The Hit-Boy produced beat provides a complimentary backdrop to Rocky’s bold lyrics – “Yes I’m the shit, tell me do it stink? It feel good wakin’ up to money in the bank.” The track shows why he’s one of the most untouchable rappers of the moment.

“PMW (All I Really Need)”, a smoke-easy type of track, features multiple collaborator ScHoolboy Q. It’s a typical rap song where the duo praises the three best things in life: pussy, money, weed. “Fuckin’ Problems” is the most “Pop” song of the album, boasting a killer rap lineup of 2 Chainz, Drake and Kendrick Lamar. It continues to hold strong on the urban airwaves.

An unexpected track from the rapper is “Wild For The Night”, which features EDM artist Skrillex. The reggae-tinged track is a great reflection of the eclecticism of NYC culture. It gives the album a needed boost of video game-like energy after a string of laid-back tracks.

“1 Train” is another track that features an impressive artist selection: Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T. The ode to Harlem is laid over a horror-movie inspired beat (once again, courtesy of Hit-Boy) that captures the moody vibe of the New York boroughs.

“Phoenix” is one of Rocky’s most raw and dangerously honest track. With themes of suicide, helplessness and death, he exposes himself in a way that other rappers wouldn’t dare to – “Bloody ink on my pen spelled suicide. Kurt Cobain even died cause you scrutinize. It’s a fine line between truth and lies.”

“Suddenly” is another candid track where Rocky reflects on his childhood over a drumless but soulful beat. “We had cookouts and dirt bikes and dice games and fist fights/ And fish fries and shootouts like one Sig with two rounds/ In one clip, left two down, that’s four kids/ But one lived, left three dead but one split/ That one missed, that one snitched.”

Long.Live.A$AP is a lush record that draws on the rappers appreciation for the finer things in life, all while sticking to the reality of the streets just enough to make a statement. He maintains the ease of Live.LoveA$AP that separated him from a sea of upcoming rappers, which shows that the rapper is comfortable enough with his style to not change it for a mainstream debut.

Overall Rating: 3.7/5

Songs on Repeat

“Goldie”

“1 Train”

“Fashion Killa”

“Jodye”

Songs To Skip

“LVL”

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