The year is 2013, Hip Hop is in a good space with Artists such as Jay Z and Kanye West still dropping top-quality projects. However, there’s some buzz about a young rapper out of Harlem. After dropping his mixtape ‘Live Love A$AP’ and garnering some mainstream attention, the name A$AP Rocky was starting to bubble up in the Hip Hop community. When he dropped his debut studio album ‘Long Live A$AP’ it was clear to see that this young artist from Harlem would be here to stay.
The album’s intro is unforgettable. In the first few bars, Rocky raps “I thought I’d probably die in prison, expensive taste in women, ain’t have no pot to piss in now my kitchen full of dishes.” This immediately lets the listeners know where Rocky came from and where he was able to get to.
One of the most impressive things about ‘Long Live A$AP’ is the number of hit records Rocky managed to put on it. Every single he dropped from ‘Goldie’, ‘Fashion Killa’ to his EDM banger ‘Wild For The Night’ worked. Then came the smash hit record ‘F**kin Problems’ featuring Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and 2 Chainz. Even with the explicit lyrics, you couldn’t go one day without seeing the ‘F**kin Problems’ video on music channels or hearing it on the radio. It became a top 10 hit, and to this day, it is still A$AP Rocky’s most successful song.
Furthermore, a song that has gone down in recent hip hop history as one of the best posse cuts is ‘1 Train’. Rocky managed to get some of the best young rappers on one track to deliver fire verse after fire verse. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Danny Brown, Yelawolf, Action Bronson, and Big K.R.I.T. all feature on this track. Each of them goes crazy on their verse. People still debate who came out on top between all of the incredible rappers.
Across the ‘Long Live A$AP’ album, Rocky incorporates unique sounds in his production. This is one trait he has become known for in his career, especially when he links up with Clams Casino. A few of the things that make ‘Long Live A$AP’ so great is Rocky’s unique, breathtaking delivery. Also, his great lyricism on a production style that wasn’t that popular at the time made the project stand out from the crowd. He made it cool to slow down the beat down at certain parts, implement echo adlibs and lyrically slaughter a section of the song before it picks up pace again.
The vibes throughout ‘Long Live A$AP’ are unforgettable, and there aren’t many artists around that can say they had a better debut studio album than A$AP Rocky. So let’s do some reminiscing together and check out the ‘Long Live A$AP’ album below here at Pass The Aux.