ASAP Rocky
Long. Live. A$AP


3.8
excellent

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
January 11th, 2013 | 931 replies


Release Date: 01/15/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ridin on my enemies, this my Ghetto Symphony

Since taking the blogosphere by storm with 2011's Live.Love.A$AP A$AP Rocky has been almost solely responsible for the new found relevancy of cloud-rap. But where his mixtape emphasized reverb-drenched production typical of Clams Casino, his RCA debut predictably caters more to the mainstream. That's not to say it's a bad thing by any means. The beats on Long.Live.A$AP are polished, just not as drugged out and nearly unmastered sounding as most Clams tracks. But besides being slightly more coherent, the lack of constant ethereal atmospherics really puts a spotlight on A$AP Rocky's rapping. Live.Love was more critically lauded for its production, with most (myself included) panning Rocky for some pretty lazy verses. Thankfully, he's a lot more consistent on Long.Live, dropping some well executed punchlines, but also combining introspective thought on tracks like "Phoenix", waxing on how his lifestyle acceptance has helped quell his depression:

Bloody ink on my pad spelled suicide
Michael Jackson even passed cause you scrutinized
*** illuminati lies, say I'm lucified
Baptised in the gutter, mother***er you decide
Cause the ride come with doors that be suicide?
Or the thighs on my whores, they be super-sized?
Good and bad happen, wars, nigga chose a side
Now all hail to the Lord like you do to God
Who am I? Lord Flacko
Painting vivid pictures, call me Basquiat Picasso
Capo Head Hancho, now my following's colossal
Ain't no boxer, Pacquiao, but got the chopper en todo caso
It's like you heard, God spoke
I've seen the ghetto gospel
The choir like my reefer and the preacher got my eyes low
***s to Mary Jane to make me see from singing high notes
The bible or the rifle...goodnight folks


Long.Live manages to be much more thoughtful than its predecessor, while also evoking a sense of surprise with all of its extremely lyrical moments. "Suddenly" follows this same pattern, but explodes into a classic soul sample / boom-bap with a hi-hat thrown in and rapid fire verses a-la "Palace". In terms of regional influence, it's refreshing to see more artists pull traditionally "southern" or "east coast" techniques together and innovate; this record is no exception, and hopefully this trend continues throughout 2013 - especially following up such a strong year in 2012 that really emphasized this sub-genre integration.

Of course, A$AP Rocky isn't without his missteps - although minor. "***in' Problems" and "Wild for the Night" are obviously attempts at somewhat of a mainstream appeal. While some may criticize these tracks for this sole reason, they succeed at their intent - that of being catchy pop tracks. Skrillex straight up sucks, but "Wild for the Night" ends up being a fresh attempt at combining electronic music with hip-hop tastefully. "***in' Problems" was obviously made exclusively for the radio, but fortunately it's one of the best tracks on the radio today.

In short, Long.Live.A$AP takes what made his debut new or exciting and more finely hones it. Most rappers tend to lose their capacity for innovation after signing a big deal, but thankfully this isn't the case. A$AP Rocky has a bright future ahead of him - and hopefully a classic on the horizon.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
taxidermist
January 11th 2013


7203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sweet. Pos.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
January 11th 2013


21967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ehhhhhhhhh it's decent

Wild for the night ended up being one of the best things on here

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 11th 2013


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

OMG phoenix

Wolfhorde
January 11th 2013


13625 Comments


Sobhi bringin' dem rap reviews.

EaglesBecomeVultures
January 11th 2013


5244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Holy shit a soby 4 of a Rocky record?

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Days of Future Passed
January 11th 2013


474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. Phoenix definitely stands out, but 1 Train's my fav.

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 11th 2013


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

1 train is cool. i wish it was better considering the talent on the track; the beat lacks a little. joey badass is going to be ridiculous

@eagles yeah i rated the last one a 3.5. liked this better though

EaglesBecomeVultures
January 11th 2013


5244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Love the opener and closer, LLA and Angels

I think Pain is my least favorite

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 11th 2013


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

there are 3 more tracks on the actual release. the leak only goes up to Angels

EaglesBecomeVultures
January 11th 2013


5244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Aw snap

How's that Florence joint?

And Mal where ya at

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 11th 2013


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxxg5KvdPLk

dig it. i think that's the only extra track actually

EaglesBecomeVultures
January 11th 2013


5244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

License plate say wipe me dooown

Buzzkillr
January 11th 2013


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice, concise review. what are Ticket and Purple Swag (remix) doing in the tracklist tho? as far as I'm concerned, those tracks aren't officially on the album...

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 11th 2013


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

thanks. no idea. is there an official list somewhere?

Buzzkillr
January 11th 2013


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LongLiveASAP#Track_listing , tracklist is also missing Angels

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
January 11th 2013


23841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is so much better than the first one (which I guess was technically just a mixtape). This album sounds like A$AP is finding his own sound, and the results speak for themselves. He's still not my favourite rapper in the world, but his work on tracks like "Suddenly" has me second guessing my initial judgements. Regardless, I still listen to A$AP mainly for the beats, and they're satisfyingly phenomenal here. This album is a step up in every way.

the review: I liked it and agreed with almost everything you said, including his missteps. Nice work.

Tyrael
January 11th 2013


20883 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I only heard the single which was great except for the fact that it had fucking Drake in it

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oltnabrick
January 11th 2013


30904 Comments


Mumford and Sons are te best hardcore/folk band

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Pentagon
January 11th 2013


1998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"
Wild for the night ended up being one of the best things on here"

ehm...

Tyrael
January 11th 2013


20883 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

His voice

just pisses me off

and oh yeah flow who needs that shit lol



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