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.
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$AP. “All right, so tell us, the album. If you could tell us anything about it. It’s coming soon?” asks the pink haired Nessa.
Well, not quite.
In any case, the New York City rap collective dropped their anticipated debut mixtape Lord$ 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.
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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 fight, A$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.
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.