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Buy this A$AP by Steele
March 5, 2013, 6:19 am
Filed under: badass, catchy as hell, danceable, Get Off My Lawn, New music, sass, Shit I love

asap-rockyIn my humble opinion, the Harlem-born A$AP Rocky has handed us the best album of 2013 so far. The least we can do is listen to it.

A$AP’s long-anticipated debut is a blast of cold, refreshing hip-hop that I cannot, will not, stop listening to. Long Live A$AP establishes him as not just an up-and-comer but a force to be reckoned with. He’s got everything here; nimble rapping, lyrical skill as both a storyteller and an urban philosopher, blazing beats, a breezy, effortless delivery, perfect guest stars, and I can’t be the only one who finds him pretty hot.

Many see A$AP as the next game-changer in the hip-hop world, and I see why. In crucial ways he’s managed to separate himself from a lot of the jokers on the radio these days (related: Get Off My Lawn). It’s primarily a matter of his good taste and modern attitude. He’s 24 years old, so young that he counts Bone Thugs N Harmony as a major influence, but also smart enough to embrace the new versions of what hip-hop music is today (one of the album highlights, “Hell,” features Santigold, another, “Wild For the Night,” has dubstep king Skrillex to thank for the beat). He has a keen sense of humor, as well as of what’s lame. The terrific fame-and-money commentary “Goldie” features the lyric “Cristal go by the cases/wait hold up that was racist/I would prefer the Aces/ain’t no different when you taste it.”

I want to say he has a distinct New York sound, but he also embraces elements of Southern rap and the type of spaced-out, stoner vibe we’ve come to associate with Kid Cudi and Wiz Khalifa. He ends up sounding like he’s from everywhere, without the overtly “global” sound that can sometimes wear down an album’s sharper edges. Oh, and he’s already said he’s cool with gay fans, and that even though he used to sell drugs, he was never a gangster. “That’s not naturally me,” he told GQ in an interview. “It was scary. It was hard.”

If children like A$AP Rocky are the future, I’ll take it.



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