• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Jan 15, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
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  1. Rocky raps over the music without saying a damn thing older, meaner, and sharper rappers haven't said before. Then, bang, three dynamite songs.... Then, aww, three tracks that could be more obvious by half.
  2. Mojo
    Mar 7, 2013
    Rocky bests every beat thrown at him. [Apr 2013, p.94]
  3. The Wire
    Feb 28, 2013
    Rocky synthesises the cutting edge experiments of his peers into a more commercially polished product that lacks the eccentricity of its influences but is uniquely out there when compared to most mainstream fare. [Feb 2013, p.61]
  4. The Source
    Feb 21, 2013
    It is a step up for Rocky and the perfect documentation of today's new forefront in hip-hop. [Feb-Mar 2013, p.88]
  5. 70
    The Skrillex moment aside, there are really no glaring missteps here.
  6. 75
    It builds on the promise of his mixtape, extends itself into new territory, and in the process reveals some of the shortcomings of Rocky’s craft.
  7. Feb 6, 2013
    It’s an exhilarating listen, even if all of this dread seems to be in the name of dread only.
  8. Uncut
    Feb 4, 2013
    His technical prowess is thrilling in its time signature hopping. [Mar 2013, p.65]
  9. Feb 1, 2013
    Long.Live.A$AP is unlikely to win over the doubters, but it will consolidate A$AP Rocky’s status as an exciting talent.
  10. Jan 22, 2013
    When consumed passively, as ambient music, his conceptual flaws recede into the fuzz of his production, a raw mush of sound that provides an appropriate and occasionally great backdrop for refreshing your Tumblr dashboard, at least until it delivers a more engaging artist to look at.
  11. Rocky's rhymes are believable when reminiscing about growing up poor.
  12. Jan 22, 2013
    There are also some genuine standout tracks, and all in all, A$AP Rocky and his team deserved the critical and commercial acclaim that will inevitably flood their way.
  13. 70
    Criticism aside, Rocky's debut is full of superb moments and offers a rich tasting menu of unique sounds.
  14. Jan 22, 2013
    An absorbing, immersive listening experience, Long.Live.A$AP outshines the recent full-lengths of technically more proficient rappers as well as those of strikingly safer hip-hop hitmakers.
  15. Jan 22, 2013
    While the production is as fresh and exciting as you're likely to see anywhere in hip-hop right now, lyrically it's a regression to less enlightened times.
  16. Jan 22, 2013
    On any number of blockbuster mixtapes, all that posturing would feel cold and calculated. It's purposeful here, too, but warmly and adoringly so.
  17. Jan 16, 2013
    If there's a knock to be had against the Harlem rapper, it's that he lacks an original presence. So it's curious that for his major-label debut he's opted to further venture down the rabbit hole of references, loading Long.Live.A$AP with a bevy of guests with personalities far more distinctive than his own.
  18. Jan 16, 2013
    In many ways Long.Live.A$AP is an album of the present.
  19. Jan 15, 2013
    ASAP Rocky's songs don't lack for emotion.
  20. Jan 15, 2013
    Long.Live.A$AP has its moments as a cohesive album with top producers (Hit-Boy, Danger Mouse, Noah "40" Shebib) and frequent collaborators (Clams Casino) that offer choice beats.
  21. Jan 15, 2013
    Harlem's A$AP Rocky finally delivers his long delayed major label debut, and while it builds on his mixtape legacy and emphasizes his strengths as an inventive stylist, it also amplifies his flaws.
  22. Jan 15, 2013
    Long.Live.A$AP may not change the game like "good kid, m.A.A.d city," but A$AP Rocky's absorbing debut is more physical in its pleasure--as in, you'll be knocking your head to some of these songs for months.
  23. Jan 15, 2013
    You'll love this album, but you won't learn much from it.
  24. Jan 15, 2013
    In the end, A$AP Rocky comes off as rap's Jim Morrison, offering an accessible, attractive, and brutish journey into darkness while remaining true to his spirit.
  25. Jan 15, 2013
    There are enough genre-hopping and synergistic, trans-genre partnerships present on the tracklist that Long. Live. A$AP, its commercial bets hedged, feels not unlike a myriad of other major-label rap disappointments from nearly any other era of rap.
  26. Jan 15, 2013
    A fine enough retail debut, but when you can get the stronger, more unique product for free that's a strange thing to strongly recommend anyone.
  27. Jan 14, 2013
    Long.Live.A$AP, his major-label debut, is both cunning and desperate in its attempts to please every possible demographic without looking like it's trying too hard.
  28. Unsure whether he wanted to create a sunny, party album, gangstafest, or a record of cool pop vibes, Rocky seems to have tried to make them all, and with minor successes in all departments, he sacrifices something stronger.
  29. Jan 14, 2013
    In short, Long.Live.A$AP takes what made his debut new or exciting and more finely hones it.
  30. Jan 14, 2013
    Debuts this good just don't come along very often, and it all comes down to the precocious Harlem rookie's vision.
  31. BBC Music
    Jan 11, 2013
    Florence, Santigold and the usually brilliant Danny Brown do little more than tick boxes, and ultimately Long.Live.A$AP fails to match its hype with a coherent trend-setting statement.
  32. Jan 10, 2013
    A macabre mood keeps it cohesive and lends a cinematic quality, kind of like the A$AP Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  33. Jan 10, 2013
    A little shallowness is fine by me, but Rocky's studied, humourless delivery is harder to swallow.
  34. Jan 10, 2013
    At its core, Long.Live.A$AP succeeds because it lets Rocky be Rocky: a rapper with a unique voice and an ear for captivating beats whose lyrical shortcomings can be glossed over with healthy servings of charisma and panache.
  35. Jan 10, 2013
    Long Live A$AP's is frequently thrilling, a dense splurge of woozy electronics and samples, packed with lovely production touches.
  36. 100
    His major-label debut proves he's more than a magnetic hedonist.
  37. Jan 7, 2013
    Like all great sequels, the album ups the ante without losing what made the original compelling.
  38. Jan 7, 2013
    So like A$AP's debut, Long. Live. A$AP is an intermittently dazzling collection of slinky, mutated R&B helmed by an unsteady, half-interested voice.
  39. Jan 7, 2013
    LongLiveA$AP delivers on and even exceeds the promise of LiveLoveA$AP. Like that mixtape, the album is a triumph of craft and curation, preserving Rocky's immaculate taste while smartly upgrading his sound
  40. 70
    On LongLiveASAP, his major-label debut, Rocky expands his horizons even further, indulging in relative experimentation while also adhering to the gifts that have catapulted him to stardom in just over a year.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 195 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Jan 18, 2013
    Good album to start 2013 off with a new york and southern mixed style yet the album is seems it was over done in production and needs to focusGood album to start 2013 off with a new york and southern mixed style yet the album is seems it was over done in production and needs to focus on the lyrics more but the album is a great debut for the 24 year old. Full Review »
  2. Jan 15, 2013
    Great album. I don't understand why some aren't liking it. I can see Rocky's progression as an artist on this. (best tracks: Long Live ASAP,Great album. I don't understand why some aren't liking it. I can see Rocky's progression as an artist on this. (best tracks: Long Live ASAP, LVL, PMW, Phoenix and Suddenly) Full Review »
  3. Apr 29, 2013
    This album is a great first step for Rocky's career because it show you what he is capable of 1. A Great Emcee (don't believe me listen toThis album is a great first step for Rocky's career because it show you what he is capable of 1. A Great Emcee (don't believe me listen to suddenly, and 1 train) and 2. A very smart man for wisely choosing what to put in this album. This album could have been Live Love A$AP 2 but he went the opposite way and made a gem Full Review »