A$AP ROCKY- The king of Trill

RnB/Hip Hop | Tuesday 29th January 2013 | Harry


There hasn’t been a debut album so eagerly awaited and hyped in a while as A$AP Rocky’s LongLiveA$AP. Ever since he signed a multi-million dollar deal off the back of his debut mixtape, LiveLove A$AP people have been waiting, no expecting. This is a guy that has sold out tours without even releasing an album. Then the album was supposed to come last September, but didn’t. Then it was pushed to Halloween, but it still didn’t come and the whispers and rumours were circulating as to why.

But after what seemed like an eternity it was announced that by January 2013 it was finally going to drop and the reasons for the delays were because Rocky was waiting for permission for some samples. Being the perfectionist he is and going off the back of the samples used in Live LoveA$AP I wasn’t about to complain anymore. Now it has finally arrived and boy it certainly lives up to the hype.

A$AP’s signature stripped back, spacey sounds are more present than ever. There’s booming bass and dreamy hypnotic sounds allowing the listener to drift off into the alternate reality Rocky is providing. The big label signing has done nothing to tame the man. He has retained complete creative control and managed the seemingly impossible feat of combining underground experimental sounds with a mainstream appeal. This may of course be helped by the fact the guy is that damn cool.

The album also boasts a whole load of guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the game and an absolute highlight is the masterful 1 Train, set over a RZA-esque beat, featuring no less than Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf and Big K.R.I.T.