LONG.LIVE.A$AP – A$AP Rocky

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I can’t recall a rap album so defined by atmosphere since Take Care, and it actually takes Drake, aided by 2 Chainz, for a pop moment to find A$AP Rocky’s debut.  After six tracks to which you might sit on your bed, hit the lights, and lose yourself nodding your head to, “Fuckin’ Problems” finds Rocky, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar each finishing by asserting their beasthood, but thanks to a career highlight verse, I only believe Drake.  Rather, I suspect Rocky seeks to transcend beasthood, carefully navigating the darkness he landscapes with Clams Casino and Skrillex.  For over six preposterous minutes on “1 Train,” he drags into his world the most overwhelming battalion of warriors to reckon with since Raekwon brought the Wu to his “House of Flying Daggers.”  Rocky effortlessly establishes himself as two red eyes glowing in the black, but is that the path to immortality he seeks on the opener?  I’m convinced that Beast Drake and Good Kid have figured living forever calls for efforts like “Fashion Killa” or “Fuckin’ Problems,” but they’ve found eternity through their forthcoming approaches. From the shadows, Rocky makes me worry, and with this album, he gives us no answers but certainly makes me wonder if he already has them.

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Published in: on February 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM  Leave a Comment  

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