Harlem and the entire NYC rap/hip-hop conglomerate must be proud of one of the dopest MC’s to arrive on the scene in years: that flashy MF’er, A$AP Rocky. Fans have been waiting on word about the scheduled release date of his debut album for a minute now. Well, there’s no need to wait any longer.
Long. Live. A$AP. January 15th, 2013. Elliot Wilson, one of the biggest names in hip-hop/rap journalism, posted a cover pic for the project and a release date through Instagram yesterday. I’m happy that my addiction to this photo sharing app finally came in handy for work. A$AP Rocky is going to start the year off right with his highly anticipated body of new music.
This album has seen plenty of planned release dates that never really came into existence. The last time Rocky’s album was set to drop was sometime around October 2012. After the month ended with no appearance of the album in stores, it wasn’t a surprise to hear that the project was pushed into next year. None of these pushbacks have hurt the young spitter, though. In fact, his buzz is only growing stronger.
A$AP Rocky has dropped a number of hip-hop gems over the past few months. The hip-hop blogs have been on fire simply because he’s been providing that musical spark. His biggest single to date is the huge collaborative joint known as “F**kin’ Problem” (excuse my French). A$AP hooked up with Drake, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz for a banger that appeals to the backpackers and the club goers. Music producer 40 crafted a catchy beat that all these rappers took full advantage of.
Let’s not forget about the Hit-Boy produced single, “Goldie.” The accompanying music video parlays the themes surrounding the A$AP movement: fast money, fast cars, swagged out clothes, plus a mouth full of gold.
Lana Del Ray lent her arousing vocals to A$AP Rocky’s other single, “Ridin’.” Rocky and Ray make a nice couple, musically and personally (watch the video for Del Rey’s “National Anthem” and you’ll see what I’m talking about). If there’s one A$AP Rocky song that the pop crowd should gravitate to, it’s “Ridin'”; the combination of Rocky’s familiar flow and Ray’s alluring chorus provide the perfect mix for crossover appeal.
I’m one of those NYC hip-hop purists who’s especially proud of successful tri-state rappers. A$AP Rocky reps Harlem to the fullest, yet his approach to music has a certain down South, chopped and screwed feel to it all. It’s different, it’s refreshing, and it’s making waves throughout the industry–so much so that A$AP has joined Rihanna on her Diamonds Tour and hopped on tracks with Big Boi, Jim Jones, and Danny Brown.
Let’s all hope the Mayans were wrong. The fans know the motto: “Always Strive and Prosper.” Now they just want to hear that motto become fully realized with A$AP Rocky’s first album.