Review: A$AP Rocky's 'Long.Live.A$AP'

After about a year of heightened anticipation, Rakim Mayers – better known as A$AP Rocky – has unveiled his debut album, Long.Live.A$AP. Released on January 15 by A$AP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music, and RCA Records, the album has made a rather big splash in the urban world and has earned the artist a multi-million dollar record deal, the likes of which have not been seen since 50 Cent began his successful career about a decade ago.

Quickly rising through the cracks of the underground rap world, A$AP Rocky’s debut album has earned him a seat the top at the top of the charts. Long.Live.A$AP features two promoted singles – Goldie, which is the lead single off the album, and “Fuckin’ Problems,” which features guest appearances from rappers Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar. The two tracks are quite different from each other in terms of style, energy, flow, and lyrical content, but are both very well produced. In fact, the entire album is well structured with heavy emphasis on production value. A$AP’s beats are unique to that of many other rappers, which is perhaps why many have flocked to his music; it’s a new sound.

Unfortunately, guest artists and featured producers aside, A$AP Rocky’s material is perhaps the weakest aspect of the album. A$AP offers next to no lyrical inventiveness, nor is there any actual substance to his lines. He spends most of his verses re-hashing well-worn hip-hop tropes “ bragging about his high-fashion tastes, his glamorous life, and supposed street cred, the latter a frequent source of controversy.


New Releases: January 15, 2013

Winter blues got you down? Did you forget it’s a Tuesday? That means new tunes to spin, and there’s nothing better than that. Check out these fantastic new albums that range from indie rock to hip-hop and metalcore.

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Philadelphia’s Free Energy are back with the most recent installment of their impossibly catchy blend of classic rock, power pop, and modern indie rock. There may be no other album that makes you feel as happy this January. Pick this one up and have a bedroom dance party.

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After interminable pushbacks that moved Rocky’s debut studio album back from July to October and then into the new year, the New York rapper has finally fully delivered on the promise of his Live.Love.A$AP mixtape and made a beast of an album. In addition to showcasing Rocky’s lyrical skill, the record also boasts an all-star parade of features including Skrillex and Santigold.


A$AP Rocky Pushes Back The Release Of "LongLiveA$AP"

Hey, I’ve got a joke for you. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a rapper pushes back their highly anticipated release much to the chagrin of a clamoring fan base.

That’s right, A$AP Rocky fans, you’re going to have to wait a little longer to hear the fruits of Rocky’s labor. In an interview with Nessa of Bay Area radio station WILD 94.9 Rocky, real name Rakim Meyers, talked at length about his to be released LongLiveA$AP, the  full length debut and the follow up to the Harlem rapper’s breakthrough mixtape LiveLoveA$AP. “All right, so tell us, the album. If you could tell us anything about it. It’s coming soon?” asks the pink haired Nessa.

Well, not quite.


A$AP Mob Releases "Lord$ Never Worry" Mixtape [DOWNLOAD]

Wait, so, is the A$AP Mob supposed to be gangsters or members of the landed gentry now? I’m confused.

In any case, the New York City rap collective dropped their anticipated debut mixtape Lord$ Never Worry today. The release is the first full length to feature the entire A$AP crew. Prior to this, the only place you could catch every A$AP member in one place would be in a Nardwuar interview.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A$AP Goes Rocky On Amateur Photographers In New York City

Rappers and late night brawls in New York City just seem to go together like Tanqueray and chronic this summer. About a month after the rival crews of Drake and Chris Brown traded blows in their now“infamous nightclub fightA$AP Rocky has become the latest emcee to join the Big Apple brawlers’ club. According to TMZ, Rocky and a friend began to argue with an unidentified person on the street in downtown Manhattan sometime late last night. The verbal altercation attracted the attention of two other people who began to snap pictures of the incident. The amateur photographers soon found themselves on the receiving end of Rocky’s fists and at the heart of a whole new story.

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Both photographers incurred cuts and bruises from the fight, with one being taken to a local hospital. When the police arrived, they arrested Rocky and his friend on charges of attempted robbery. What he was attempting to steal is still unclear. Seems like a good ol’ assault and battery charge would have done just fine, officers.

Hip-Hop And Dubstep: Holy Matrimony Or In Need Of Marriage Counseling?

Electronic dance music and hip-hop have been the two musical forces occupying the headspace of American listeners in recent months. Both genres have been the soundtrack to many a summer shindig, there’s a great deal of crossover between the two respective fandoms for the musical styles, and both cultures surrounding the respective genres share similar interests”like women and drugs and partying”so it would make sense that the two forms would eventually come together.

Hip-hop and electronic music have had a tangled history in the U.K. And we’re going to have to turn our sights back onto dubstep, this obscure little genre that you’re probably not familiar with. Grime”the precursor to U.K. dubstep and, by extension, the precursor to U.S. dubstep”is a style of music born into the disadvantaged parts of London. As we’ve mentioned in our discussions of the origins of dubstep before, the genre takes rhythmic elements from rap and dub music and marries them to intense sub bass and slow bpms. From there the minimalist, nuanced genre was pumped full of steroids and shipped off to the U.S., where it has been soundtracking college parties and sporting events ever since.


Same Sex Marriage? 50 Cent's Not Against It

Rapper, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and social media kingpin 50 Cent recently weighed in on Obama’s backing of same sex marriages. In an interview with XXLMag, 50 Cent stated that he supported the President’s decision, saying, “I think everyone should be happy. You know, I think a fool is going to go against same sex marriage at this point.”

50 joins a growing list of rappers including T.I., Jay-Z, and Nicki Minaj who have all condemned opposition to same sex lifestyles. “What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business,” Hova said in an interview with CNN. “[It] is no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.”

The reaction to Obama’s comments would appear to follow a trend in hip-hop of more openness and anti-homophobia. Blog-hyped rapper Lil B made waves in April of 2011 with the announcement of his full length LP “I’m Gay (I’m Happy).” Up and comer A$AP Rocky also made his stance on homosexuality clear in a piece from Complex Magazine, saying, “I used to be fucking homophobic. That shit is ignorant. You will lose a lot of time and friendship being homophobic.” Rappers stating indifference to homosexuality is one thing. But hip-hop’s historically homophobic image makes recent comments from rappers like these all the more remarkable.

Watch the full clip of 50 Cent talking to XXLMag below.