A$AP Rocky “Long Live A$AP”

a$ap rocky - long live a$ap

The official unleashing of the title track to A$AP Rocky‘s debut is a “kill two birds with one stone” move: A) It’s fully mastered drop serves as a (perhaps futile) attempt to steal back some power after having the album leak in full weeks before its official release date, and B) After being heard flanked by a bunch of other rappers on two big posse cut offerings (single “Fuckin’ Problems” and the previously leaked “1Train”), it reminds folks of Rocky’s ability to blaze a track solo.

As producers Jim Jonsin and Rico Love cook up a haunted house hip hop frame that sounds like its folding on itself while being spiked with all kinds of “things that go bump in the night” spookery, A$AP lines the nightmarishly apocalyptic atmosphere with shades of Southern-soaked Harlem thug menace (“My Santa Claus was missing, catch you slippin’ then it’s Christmas/ Motherfuck a wishlist, my ghetto was ambition”) while taking pauses to take note of his scrappy-to-classy rise up the ranks (“I thought I’d probably die in prison, expensive taste in women/ Ain’t had no pot to piss in, now my kitchen full of dishes”).