RCA Records/ Sony Music Entertainment
One of the hottest albums of the year, LONG.LIVE.A$AP is a hot grab and sets new standards. The title track roars, while A$AP chants, bragging with mesmerizing lyrics about how he went from being piss poor to having a “kitchen full of dishes,” and his success. The soft, relaxed singing with aggressive and angry background noise paints a picture for the mood of the album. “Goldie,” the second track, is one of the catchiest and will keep you listening with a head bobbing beat and with truthful lyrics about reality, “smooth puffin’ zigzags,” and “everybody playing the tough guy until shit pops off.” “Fashion Killa,” has more of an Electronic sound to it and a softer tone. The cut sounds like a dated Hip-Hop track, but the lyrics are beyond the standards. “F**kin’ Problems,” the eighth track on the record, also stands out as it has a different tone than the first half of the album. There’s more aggression, and more satisfaction too, in where A$AP has come and gone from. This album is like an angst-filled tantrum with its ups and downs, but one of the most truthful and realest pieces of work to emerge from the Hi-Hop world in a while.
Jaii Bhamra (Twitter @jaiikbhamra)
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