A$AP Rocky has had a quick rise since his first hit Purple Swag that got him on most people's maps back in 2011. Then he dropped the Live.Long.A$AP. mixtape and kept the momentum going strong. Then after playing around the country he locked himself away and worked hard on his impressive debut album Long. Live. A$AP. The first single to announce the project was his best track to date, the insanely catchy a "Goldie". Watch the video here. (Rest of Review Below)
A$AP Rocky - Goldie (Music Video)
Then we were hit with "F*ckin Problems" featuring the loaded lineup of 2 Chainz, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar. Also surfacing was "1 Train" featuring an all star cast of upcoming talent featuring Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.
The collaborations didn't just stick to the hip-hop world. A$AP brought out Santigold for an extra trippy off beat "Hell". He even jumped on the electronic train and worked with electronic icon Skrillex bass heavy track "Wild For the Night". On the bonus edition of the album he surprised everyone bringing out Florence Welch for "I Come Apart" (Listen Below).
The entire album really lets us see the different layers of A$AP as an artist. One of the deeper points and possibly my personal favorite track on the album was the suicidal "Phoenix"
After a throughout listen through Long.Live.A$AP, Rocky really managed to capture the raw smoked influence mixtape rapper and evolve him to a point that is underground yet ready for the masses. While still talking about the cliche girls, money, and drugs, he does manage to layer on a certain level of substance. Their was a lot of hype surround Rocky for this release, and the album most defintely did not dissapoint. Enjoy!
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