ASAP Rocky releases AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP
Yes. It has happened. You want to listen this album. You must listen to this album.
Late last night, A$AP Rocky released his highly anticipated album AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP. The album consists of 18 tracks that sonically fall somewhere in-between Trap and Alternative Rap/Rock. The rap game has never seen an album or artist quite like A$AP Rocky. This album speaks to the fact that the Pretty Flacko is one of the most original artists out there.
The first two songs on the album introduce us to the two different sound influences included on AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP. Holy Ghost (ft. Joe Fox) sounds like a Rolling Stones song sampled and tweaked just enough to rap over, and lyrically A$AP delivers well developed and intricate lines that speak to his relationship with religion and God. Canal St. (ft. Bones) reflects the Trap influence with its simple melody and sophisticated drum patterns. A$AP discusses his experience in Public Housing and in the streets of New York City, again holding true to the trap influence. Somehow, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP combines hard Trap and soft Alternative sounds, and the results are simply amazing. Watch the crazy video above for L$D (LOVE x $EX x DREAMS) — a song during which A$AP Rocky sings about his first experience on acid at SXSW.
The production quality of this album is as amazing as you’d expect, and it doesn’t fall short on one song. It is apparent that A$AP Rocky knew how important and sometimes devastating the “Sophomore Album” can be, and put in the work necessary to guarantee that his would not fail. Jukebox Joints (ft. Joe Fox and Kanye West) features what sounds like a vocal sample from a doo-wop album, and very light drum patterns. Halfway through the song, the sample changes and continues to change throughout the track, even through Kanye’s verse. The sample changes to one that has found its way into many rap tracks, proving that A$AP doesn’t limit himself to only Trap and Alternative sounds–but also Boom Bap as well. There’s a track for everyone on this album.
Lyrically, A$AP Rocky does not limit himself to one “type” of rap. In some songs, his rhymes focalize on money and partying, and on others Rocky becomes a conscious rapper, touching on serious political and social issues that are currently ongoing in the United States and around the world. For instance, in the track Pharsyde (ft. Joe Fox), A$AP discusses how gentrification has ruined the United States, and on Wavybone (ft. Juicy J, UGK) he discusses his fame, money and buying luxury items France. Both styles are dope, and neither one can be objectively deemed “better” than the other. By being dynamic, A$AP appeals to all types of Hip Hop fans–which is no easy feat.
In conclusion all that needs to be said about this album is: GO GET AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP. Hear for yourself and be a part of a major shift in Hip Hop culture.