Jan 6, 2014

#AOTY 2013 Number Three Long Live A$AP by A$AP Rocky

Remember this album? It's been all the way since January when A$AP Rocky released it, and even longer when it leaked in December 2012.

Long live A$AP was the album I compared every work next too while making the list. There weren't many skips on this one. Prettyboy Flacko did his thing and helped put A$AP Mob on the commercial map. Although he's from Harlem the album had a Southern/Midwestern feel to it but NYC is still evident in his flows.

Let's get to it. It all starts with the Grammy nominated lead single F*ckin Problems featuring 2 Chainz, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar. This cut is arguably Song of the Year and is still in most major radio rotations. Other singles on this album include Fashion Killa, Goldie, and Wild for the Night with his high school classmate Skrillex. I also liked the self titled track Long. Live A$AP and PMW (All I Really Need). Opinionated, but the best track (and most played on the radio show) on this album is 1Train featuring Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, & Big K.R.I.T. Its a traditional cypher beat, not overwhelming with electro sounds and heavy drums but just a boom bap track where the rappers got to show their own skill. Over and over people are still debating who had the best verse. The X-Factor track on this album that kept me listening was Ghetto Symphony with fellow Mob member A$AP Ferg and Gunplay who surprised me with a good feature.Long. Live. A$AP. was dope through and through and very difficult to leave at a number three spot on the countdown. Ramsey's Rating Scale Rates this with 4.5 of 5 stars.
Jonathan C. Ramsey
Jonathan C. Ramsey

Multimedia Journalist, Founder and Chief Editor of WTM Host of A-Side B-Side Podcast and more. I like to talk about stuff and write it down. Sometimes to a microphone. Either way, I need you to feel this.

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