ASAP Mob
Lord$ Never Worry


2.0
poor

Review

by FromDaHood USER (70 Reviews)
September 26th, 2012 | 47 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Keep waiting for LongLiveA$AP

Calling 2011 an exciting year for hip-hop would be a pretty significant understatement. Between the rise to prominence of Danny Brown, Lil B, Kendrick Lamar, Odd Future, The Weeknd and A$AP Rocky as well as a surprisingly well reviewed Drake album, it was quite nearly a hip-hop renaissance. As we stand three-quarters of the way through 2012, very few albums have been album to reach the level that these young guns achieved on their records from the previous year. Enter A$AP Rocky, who is back on the scene with his merry band of followers, the A$AP clique, and makes the situation... worse.


Given the strength of lead single "Bath Salts," as well as LiveLoveA$AP, Lord$ Never Worry is quite a big disappointment. The blame for this falls on nearly everybody who was involved- excluding Rocky and the powerful guest stars (Raekwon, Danny Brown and Jim Jones) he brings with him. Foremost, the rapping on this record is unpolished and, often, rather amateurish. A$AP Ferg, who distinguishes himself as the best of Rocky's disciples by adopting his mentor's flow with a touch of sing-song rhythm also degrades himself with his repetitive profanity and often bland lyrics. The chorus of "Persian Wine" is particularly toxic, with Ferg concluding all ten lines with a caustically pronounced "n-word." On the other hand, his song "Work" is one of the few bright spots on this rough sampler. Full-group anthem "Full Metal Jacket" is rife with sloppy transitions and drab lyrics (blow on her nose/crack on the stove/house full of girls/who know my flow) from the whole gang who already sound jaded with their lifestyle. Not even Raekwon's excellent verse on "Underground Killa$" can save the song from bombing, nor can Danny Brown on the obnoxiously titled "Coke & White Bitches: Chapter 2."

Compounding the problem is that nearly all of the MC's- excluding Ferg and Rocky- are near indistinguishable from one another. Consider Odd Future's group effort Radical. One of the defining characteristics of the mixtape was how different everyone was: Tyler, the Creator's deep voice, Domo's weed-craving drawl, Earl's frenetic delivery; every track was unique because the 9 members brought different qualities to the table. A$AP Mob falls on the opposite end of this spectrum: each person has the exact same qualities and flaws; all the songs are pseudo-trap rap with a New York City flair. It sounds good when Rocky gives it a whirl, but the imitators need not apply.

The final and perhaps most disappointing aspect to Lord$NeverWorry is that the beats are merely average, especially compared to the ones on LiveLoveA$AP. There are some cameos from established names, Araabmuzik produces the otherwise forgettable "Dope, Money and Hoes" and Rocky is reunited with Clams Casino on "Freeze," but most of the beat stylists are either in-house or relative unknowns like Silky Johnson and P On the Boards. Aside from the chopped-and-screwed elements that are inserted to the choruses so liberally that the uniqueness is lost, most of the beats sound like watered-down Lex Luger, further engendering the culture of mediocrity found in the clique.

The fault of this album is not in the lack of effort- the group is scrappy. They all have a lot of energy and seem genuinely proud to be yelling "ASAP" at the top of their lungs whenever possible, they just don't understand how to focus that energy yet. A$APs Ferg and Twelvyy- who does fine on his solo track "Y.N.R.E."- certainly have the potential to thrive with more time and better beats are always available. The main problem lies in the identity crisis of having six very similar rappers on the same album- even Young Money has more variety. It's entirely possible that the whole of A$AP Mob is much less than the sum of its parts, but that doesn't prevent this album from being a drag to get through. Lord$NeverWorry is a lesson in how not to do a group album, and the A$AP Mob needs to be taking notes lest they get left in the dust by their leader.



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FromDaHood
September 26th 2012


9107 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Originally posted over at muzikdizcovery.com. I think I'm obligated to say that.

Also, it's been over a month of hiatus for me so I'm rusty.

Sirob
September 26th 2012


2653 Comments


Yeah, album wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be. Really a shame because the rest of the mob gives ASAP shows a more fun atmosphere

Counterfeit
September 26th 2012


17837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

really good review man

oltnabrick
September 26th 2012


36324 Comments


this is decent

Digging: Nivhek - After Its own Death/ Walking in a Spiral

MMX
September 26th 2012


5012 Comments


A few good tracks, but it all just blends together

sniper
September 26th 2012


19075 Comments


agree with most of this review. i actually think nast is decent and twelvyy is really shitty. but i think we can agree that beyond rocky & ferg, they all range from just okay to embarrassingly awful.

jayfatha
September 26th 2012


2918 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I like Full Metal Jacket but yea the rest of this sucks badly

sniper
September 26th 2012


19075 Comments


get in your skin like a dermatologist
bunch of dirty niggas that ain't never been to colleges

Sirob
September 26th 2012


2653 Comments


danny brown > entire asap mob

Tupik
September 26th 2012


680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review, very accurate imo.



honestly apart from "Black Man" and the ASAP Rocky songs, there's not much quality material here. I like Coke & White Bitches though because it's fun as hell and Danny Brown is pretty good on it.



But Black Mane is the only great song on here IMO, I absolutely love it.



BLACK MAN, WHITE WORLD, BLOND SPANISH BITCH, FUCK HER TIL HER TOES CURL

sniper
September 26th 2012


19075 Comments


yeah that song and his verse on trilla are both quality.

Sleaper
September 29th 2012


3480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

THIS IS SOOOOOO UNDER RATED OMFG.

Pentagon
September 29th 2012


1998 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah Rocky's the only good rapper in the asap mob

Duderino
October 14th 2012


830 Comments


this album is garbage. even the passable tracks on here end up getting ruined by inconsistent, indulgent verses. lots of wasted potential

EaglesBecomeVultures
October 29th 2012


5536 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pos'd, good review, completely agree.



This sentence is kind of confusing though:

"A$APs Ferg and Twelvyy- who does fine on his solo track "Y.N.R.E."- certainly have the potential to thrive with more time and better beats are always available."

DeadGuy
December 4th 2012


975 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I like how "Full Metal Jacket" sounds like Knight Rider lmfao

sniper
December 4th 2012


19075 Comments


shittttayyyy release overall.

Recspecs
May 7th 2013


9891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

BLACK MANE



WHITE WORLD

Tupik
May 7th 2013


680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

BLONDE SPANISH BIITCH

FUCK HER TIL HER TOES CURL

guitarded_chuck
June 11th 2013


17032 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a bit underrated apparently



nothing spectacular but a good tape



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