Album Review: “Long.Live.A$AP” – A$AP Rocky

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  • “1 Train” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.)
  • “LVL”
  • “PMW (All I Really Need)” (Feat. ScHoolboy Q)

Despite the fact that the album’s release was pushed back to 2013 after being one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2012, A$AP Rocky’s Long.Live.A$AP gives fans with fifteen laid-back tracks of intangible metaphors and rhymes. While the album is not as upbeat compared to several of the previous tracks released by not only Rocky but the entire A$AP Mob, the relaxed and mellow feel does provide listeners with music to vibe to. Featuring artists such as ScHoolboy Q, Santigold, OverDoz, Gunplay and more, the lack of heavy guest appearances throughout the album allows Rocky to create a voice for himself. What the album lacks in regards to a concept or theme, A$AP makes it up through his ill lyricism and catchy melodies.  

Unfortunately, despite efforts to produce tracks with their own individual sounds, A$AP’s album provides little to no variety. With few stand-out tracks, not including his single “F*ckin’ Problems” and his dubstep-styled “Wild For The Night”, it’s rare for A$AP to travel outside of his comfort zone, especially on this album. Instead, the Harlem rapper sticks to his typical subject matter over lifeless yet vaguely similar production.

Along with this, without repeatedly and deeply listening to the album various times back-to-back, it’s nearly impossible to recollect what the young artist relayed on his last track. This continues to be a problem on the other songs throughout the album that include features. With a line-up as extensive as the one on “1 Train”, the song deems to be a simple reminder of how far Rocky must push himself in order to be at the top of the pyramid. Regardless of this, his exquisite wordplay, such as is displayed on the song “LVL”, holds its own weight and makes the album quite enjoyable to listen to.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

*originally published on TheRedefined.Com, now CrackTheCrown.Com. 

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