Artist: A$AP Rocky
Release: Long.Live.A$AP (Album)
Release Date: January 15th, 2013
In October of 2011, the relatively unheard of A$AP Rocky released his first album Live.Love.A$AP to great critical acclaim, making him an instant success. Now, just two years later, after a delayed September release and leaking over the internet, his second album entitled Long.Live.A$AP is finally here, which you will be delighted to know if you were a fan of the first.
The first track, which shares the album name, is one of the highlights and sets the tone nicely; giving us an introduction to what the rest of the album has in store for us. A$AP gives us a brief insight of his early life, confessing “I thought I’d probably die in prison” and in one of his later tracks says: “We used to wear rugged boots, now it’s all tailored suits”. With lyrics like these, you begin to sense that there is a certain ‘rags to riches’ story being told. Some might say A$AP has let his inflation, popularity and success go to his head, but with the fan base he has built up, you really can’t blame him.
Another reason for fans of the first A$AP installment to rejoice is the fact that bedroom-producer Clams Casino is back on board, once again teaming up with A$AP to create arguably the best two tracks on the album. ‘LVL’ and ‘Hell’ are where A$AP’s lyrics begin to get deep and personal, which goes hand in hand with Clams’ chopped, trippy bass lines.
The only negative I could take from the album was the fact that A$AP talks about his rough upbringing a lot, but has still resorted to the clichéd mainstream rapper lifestyle of flaunting the success in a very materialistic way and not really embracing his background. However, his rapping ability is unquestionable and I feel there is a lot more to come from this young talent in the very near future. He has overcome the challenge of releasing a second album and retained his place on the throne. “Long live A$AP”.
Reviewed by Sean Cloherty.