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A$AP Rocky released his debut studio album just yesterday titled Long.Live.A$AP. This was one of the more highly anticipated albums following the relative success of his 2011 Live.Love.A$AP mixtape. This hip-hop artist is one of the more unique. I haven't heard him before this review, but after listening to the new album Long.Live.A$AP, it's actually pretty good.
The album release was pushed back several times, but it's finally out. It features an array of guest appearances while being produced by some higher-profile producers in the industry. A$AP Rocky may have one aim in his rapping, but he reaches into all different styles with the album, and he does a good job of it.
To get to the music, I wasn't sure what to make of A$AP Rocky at first. It seemed like some of the harder hip-hop that I'm generally not drawn to, but I was willing to give it a shot. The second track on the album is "Goldie," the first single released on the album. The single managed to be named one of the better singles of 2012, but it's a solid example of who A$AP Rocky is as a rapper. It's not too hard, the melody is a little laid back, a little sinister at times, but he also showcases a good flow. It's a good single off the album, and the best of A$AP on the album without any guest artists.
The real sweet spot in the album is when A$AP Rocky brings in plenty of guests to appear. This comes in the songs "F**kin' Problems" featuring Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar. This is a very explicit track, but also infuses a fair amount of each artist's unique styles on one track and it really stands out.
This is immediately followed by "Wild For The Night" featuring Skrillex & Birdy Nam Nam and immediately elevates the album with the electro-infused element. It's a roller-coaster of a track taking the listener from slowed down deep vocals, to the fast and exciting beat from Skrillex combined with A$AP Rocky and Birdy Nam Nam's quick flows put together a really solid track. We see another element of modern hip-hop that's possible with the teaming up of Skrillex.
Then to end the block is "1Train" featuring Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, and Big K.R.I.T. Similar to infusing all the unique sounds into one as heard on "F**kin'' Problems," "1Train" represents one of the more complete tracks on the album. It would seem like a grand finale of sorts, and would ideally be the last song on the album. I'd recommend this block of songs to anyone interested in listening to Long.Live.A$AP.
Another notable track would be the next song after that block titled "Fashion Killa." This is one of the more notable tracks in the sense that we hear more of a mature style of hip-hop from A$AP Rocky, and differs from a lot of the earlier tracks.
I enjoyed listening to Long.Live.A$AP. There may be a few other songs worth listening to, but my general opinion of this album is it's one that I would listen to throughout once, and then probably not again, with the exception of a few of those songs. But it's not my favorite style of hip-hop.
This album was critically acclaimed, received great reviews, and may reach different listeners on different levels. I liked it, but I wasn't crazy about it. I'd recommend you give this album a listen-through. I feel like it may standout from a lot of modern hip-hop, and fans more accustomed to the genre may love it.
A$AP Rocky - "Goldie" (Explicit):