Of all the titles A$AP Rocky holds – self-declared or appointed – “lyrical genius” is not one of them. His debut album LongLiveA$AP instead spills an impeccable taste for infectious beats and flawlessly organized recordings proving the Harlem native is much more of a mastermind than his words would allude. Lavish production on the album’s title track, surprisingly successful laser fills next to Skrillex (“Wild For The Night”) and coordinated efforts with young MCs (“1Train”) not only recall the imagery of his previous mixtape, but take it a step further by creating an environment of absolute servitude. Where the 24-year-old drops an unexpected falsetto on a hook, he also manages to contrast aggressive verses with hypnotic loops and ensures a well-hyped immortality through the sounds on the other end that do nothing short of befriend your attention.
Listen: “1Train”, “Phoenix”, “PMW (All I Really Need)” || Watch: A$AP Rocky – Long Live A$AP”