Whereas “Fuckin’ Problems”, the smash hit second single from A$AP Rocky‘s highly anticipated debut Long. Live. A$AP. found the Harlem emcee smartly surrounding himself with some of hip hop’s current most favorite for the important purpose of catching fire in the clubs (and subsequently, radio and the Billboard charts), freshly leaked “1Train”, the forthcoming album’s biggest posse cut offering, plants its sights on a vibe a bit more gutter.
Featuring Rocky sharing mic space with six other titans of the on-line hip hop world (Kendrick, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and K.R.I.T.) and anchored by production from Hit-Boy that lays a fittingly dark, boom bap knock foundation while largely staying out of the way, the hook-less “1Train” sees all rappers involved bringing their lyrical A-game in their respective signature flavors, culminating in the kind of crowded, fiercely competitive cypher hip hop session usually found in mixtapes, basements, street corners and old Wu Tang records rather than official studio releases.
Long. Live. A$AP drops January 15th.