A$AP ROCKY: LONG LIVE A$AP
A majority of music today is all about hype and being able to sell yourself to a specific genre. In the matter of hip-hop, we have come to see a passing of the torch sort of speak, with a few up and comers who are currently holding down the reigns. One man in particular who goes by the name of A$AP ROCKY is bringing a new generation of hip- hop for our listening pleasure. Along with artist such as Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T, Danny Brown and Curren$y, hip-hop is generating a new wave of sound that has become less commercial and more grassroots. A$AP ROCKY is no exception with his album LONG. LIVE. A$AP he creates a pleasurable listening venture that allows us to absorb a new take on a played out genre. With sharp lyrical words complimented with an array of genre-bending beats, it is safe to say that hip-hop is in a good place and will remain there for a long time coming.
On LONG.LIVE.A$AP we see an album that is complete from beginning to end. Starting off with the first track “LONG LIVE A$AP”, A$AP begins his masterpiece with a skillfully orchestrated haunting beat that gives the listener a brief glimpse of what is to come for the rest of the album. On “Wild For The Night”, he enlist the King of dub step himself Skrillex to give us a high energy raging beat to dance our ass off to. The album gives us a wide array of obscure beats and production that keeps the album fresh for every song. Standout track and what is sure to become a club anthem is “F**kin’ Problems”, with an all star cast (Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) trading verse for verse it is a song that gives us hope for what has become a new age in the hip-hop today. All in all I would say although it wasn’t “an album that changed my life”, it is definitely an album that will have critics buzzing for something that is fresh and here to stay.
-CA$TRO (I had to throw the dollar sign in for this particular review)
Check out A$AP ROCKY on Letterman below.