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Long Live A$AP: My Experience with A$AP Rocky

 


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Posted 1/14/13 by

1x1.trans Long Live A$AP: My Experience with A$AP RockyDespite being delayed from its original release date of October 31, (A$AP was quoted as saying, “The issue with my album is I got things on it that’s so out of this world that it’s taking so long to get mastered. That’s the issue, and I refuse to take anything off. It’s complete, everything is being mastered and cleared right now.” – from www.contactmusic.com) the highly anticipated Long Live A$AP is set to be officially released this coming Tuesday, January 15. However, like most music these days, the songs have been floating around the internet for a solid month and I’ve listened to it enough to say with certainty that I’m sold.

My first impression of A$AP was when I saw him open for Kendrick Lamar and Drake in February of 2012. Initially I wasn’t crazy about him: I was seeing him in a big arena (the Schott in Columbus, OH) and the sound system he brought was not a good fit for such a large venue. Also, the mics and music weren’t synced up right, causing his voice volume to dominate the beat.

I didn’t give him another listen until about September 2012. Considering A$AP is my roommate’s favorite rapper, I feel like I owed Rocky another listen. I downloaded his mixtape, LiveLoveA$AP (side note: I can’t think of a rapper who got bigger off of just one mixtape,) and he grew on me exponentially with each listen.

So now I too was eagerly anticipating Long Live A$AP, and it just so happened to drop in time for me to devote valuable listening time to it while I was high on painkillers and recovering from a tonsillectomy. Religious is a word that comes to mind when I try to describe the experience. However, A$AP’s debut album was such a different style from his mixtape that I feel you cannot justly compare the two.

A$AP has created an interesting (and incredible) image for himself: an exquisite taste in fancy clothing while also retaining a connection to his hometown of Harlem, NY. He sums it up well on his song “Peso” from LiveLoveA$AP that he’s, “…that pretty motherfucker. Harlem’s what I’m reppin’.” Usually rappers choose one or the other; for example, Kendrick Lamar seems synonymous to Compton, California while a majority of rap fans probably couldn’t tell you that Lil Wayne is from New Orleans.

As far as Long Live A$AP goes, he does a great job of having some “pop-y” songs where it doesn’t even hit you that it is pop-y. Rocky also brings along an all-star supporting cast with Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Yelawolf, and 2 Chainz to name a few.

Long Live A$AP will hopefully fulfill itself; I hope that A$AP is around for the foreseeable future. To hit a home run on your first at bat is amazing; A$AP hit a grand slam.

You can read GQ’s interview with A$AP Rocky here.


Joseph

 
Joseph is a sophomore at The Ohio State University, studying Finance at the Fisher College of Business while also pursuing a Creative Writing minor. He also writes for Uloop News and has had articles published by the Huffington Post and USA Today College. His hobbies include sports, especially College Football and the NBA.


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