A$AP Rocky is smooth. With french braids and gold teeth, the twenty-four year-old rapper is known for his seductive flows that tell tales of inner city life’s struggles. But that’s just going on his mixtape released last year. This is Rocky’s first album.
This is also one of the first rap albums in recent memory that I’ve listened to all the way through. The first track, same as the album title, sets the mood with thunder and rain. “I thought I’d die in prison,” Rocky begins. Those first four minutes and fifty seconds bring us down to his level. Street scenes and ghetto dreams. This is the real life struggle of a rapper growing up in New York.
There were two singles released from this album last year: “Goldie,” and “Fuckin’ Problems.” Both are gritty with bass heavy beats and dirty verses. Recently, I feel like singles are the only songs worth listening to on rap albums. I was surprised when I almost didn’t notice them in this album.
Rocky captivates us with a slow, melodic flow over relaxed synths and beats in “Hell,” “Fashion Killa,” and “Phoenix.” Then he switches it up with quick witted verses over uptempo instrumentals in tracks “Fuckin’ Problems,” and “Wild For The Night.”
Rocky is a talented rapper with an impressive debut album.
Listen to: “Long Live A$AP,” “Hell,” “Wild For The Night,” “Fashion Killa.”