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A$AP Rocky “LongLiveA$AP” – Album Review

A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/RCA (2013)

DAT PMF is riding high off hot singles, major features, high fashion and top of the line mixtapes. A$AP (Always $trive And Prosper Rocky, to some) is an eccentric MC who hails from Harlem, NY but sounds like he’s from Texas. Nevertheless, this young rapper has made major headway into the game and brought his A$AP Crew along for the ride. Rocky’s major label debut, LongLiveA$AP, is now out in […]


A$AP Rocky’s Major Label Debut Finally Has a Release Date

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 […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 10.20.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape October 20, 2012.   A$AP Rocky ft. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, “F**kin Problem” This entry to the canon of collaborative promotional singles brings to the table a perfect mixture of star power, malleability and broader-than-hell themes. You have the aggressive, “back-off” attitude of the whole enterprise, combined with a beat that will kindly step aside and allow A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar to […]


A$AP Mob, “Lord$ Never Worry” — Album Review

A$AP Worldwide (2012)

Taking a page from the Rick Ross book of crew-based promotion, A$AP Mob (of which breakout star A$AP Rocky forms the integral portion) has released Lord$ Never Worry in well-timed anticipation of Rocky’s studio debut, which is due for release next month. While neither as furiously energetic nor as a stylistically pitch-perfect as A$AP Rocky’s LiveLoveA$AP mixtape, Lord$ Never Worry nonetheless establishes A$AP Mob as one of finest rap crews […]


The Masterful Delays of A$AP Rocky

At this point, A$AP Rocky’s debut LP (LongLiveA$AP) has been pushed back so many times as to make one wonder whether the record’s much beleaguered release date has suffered its various contortions in order to create a false sense of scarcity. Just today, XXL announced that LongLiveA$AP will be coming to us right around Halloween, instead of the September 11 release that the New Jersey-based Rocky had previously planned. Though […]