Long.Live.A$AP - A$AP Rocky
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Jan 15, 2013
    80
    In the end, A$AP Rocky comes off as rap's Jim Morrison, offering an accessible, attractive, and brutish journey into darkness while remaining true to his spirit.
  2. Jan 11, 2013
    50
    Florence, Santigold and the usually brilliant Danny Brown do little more than tick boxes, and ultimately Long.Live.A$AP fails to match its hype with a coherent trend-setting statement.
  3. 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.
  4. Jan 15, 2013
    71
    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.
  5. Jan 15, 2013
    60
    Harlem's A$AP Rocky finally delivers his long delayed major label debut, and while it builds on his mixtape legacy and emphasizes his strengths as an inventive stylist, it also amplifies his flaws.
  6. Jan 14, 2013
    40
    Long.Live.A$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.
  7. Feb 6, 2013
    80
    It’s an exhilarating listen, even if all of this dread seems to be in the name of dread only.
  8. 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.
  9. Jan 16, 2013
    80
    In many ways Long.Live.A$AP is an album of the present.
  10. Jan 10, 2013
    50
    A little shallowness is fine by me, but Rocky's studied, humourless delivery is harder to swallow.
  11. 100
    His major-label debut proves he's more than a magnetic hedonist.
  12. Jan 15, 2013
    80
    You'll love this album, but you won't learn much from it.
  13. Rocky raps over the music without saying a damn thing older, meaner, and sharper rappers haven't said before. Then, bang, three dynamite songs.... Then, aww, three tracks that could be more obvious by half.
  14. Jan 10, 2013
    80
    At its core, Long.Live.A$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.
  15. Jan 14, 2013
    80
    Debuts this good just don't come along very often, and it all comes down to the precocious Harlem rookie's vision.
  16. Jan 15, 2013
    75
    ASAP Rocky's songs don't lack for emotion.
  17. Mar 7, 2013
    80
    Rocky bests every beat thrown at him. [Apr 2013, p.94]
  18. Feb 1, 2013
    70
    Long.Live.A$AP is unlikely to win over the doubters, but it will consolidate A$AP Rocky’s status as an exciting talent.
  19. 70
    Criticism aside, Rocky's debut is full of superb moments and offers a rich tasting menu of unique sounds.
  20. Jan 22, 2013
    70
    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.
  21. Jan 10, 2013
    60
    A macabre mood keeps it cohesive and lends a cinematic quality, kind of like the A$AP Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  22. Jan 7, 2013
    85
    LongLiveA$AP delivers on and even exceeds the promise of LiveLoveA$AP. Like that mixtape, the album is a triumph of craft and curation, preserving Rocky's immaculate taste while smartly upgrading his sound
  23. Jan 15, 2013
    60
    A fine enough retail debut, but when you can get the stronger, more unique product for free that's a strange thing to strongly recommend anyone.
  24. 75
    It builds on the promise of his mixtape, extends itself into new territory, and in the process reveals some of the shortcomings of Rocky’s craft.
  25. Jan 22, 2013
    80
    There are also some genuine standout tracks, and all in all, A$AP Rocky and his team deserved the critical and commercial acclaim that will inevitably flood their way.
  26. Jan 7, 2013
    70
    Like all great sequels, the album ups the ante without losing what made the original compelling.
  27. Jan 7, 2013
    60
    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.
  28. Jan 22, 2013
    50
    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.
  29. Jan 14, 2013
    80
    In short, Long.Live.A$AP takes what made his debut new or exciting and more finely hones it.
  30. Jan 22, 2013
    83
    On any number of blockbuster mixtapes, all that posturing would feel cold and calculated. It's purposeful here, too, but warmly and adoringly so.
  31. Jan 16, 2013
    63
    If there's a knock to be had against the Harlem rapper, it's that he lacks an original presence. So it's curious that for his major-label debut he's opted to further venture down the rabbit hole of references, loading Long.Live.A$AP with a bevy of guests with personalities far more distinctive than his own.
  32. Jan 10, 2013
    80
    Long Live A$AP's is frequently thrilling, a dense splurge of woozy electronics and samples, packed with lovely production touches.
  33. Rocky's rhymes are believable when reminiscing about growing up poor.
  34. 70
    The Skrillex moment aside, there are really no glaring missteps here.
  35. Jan 22, 2013
    80
    An absorbing, immersive listening experience, Long.Live.A$AP outshines the recent full-lengths of technically more proficient rappers as well as those of strikingly safer hip-hop hitmakers.
  36. Feb 21, 2013
    80
    It is a step up for Rocky and the perfect documentation of today's new forefront in hip-hop. [Feb-Mar 2013, p.88]
  37. Feb 28, 2013
    70
    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]
  38. Jan 15, 2013
    40
    There are enough genre-hopping and synergistic, trans-genre partnerships present on the tracklist that Long. Live. A$AP, its commercial bets hedged, feels not unlike a myriad of other major-label rap disappointments from nearly any other era of rap.
  39. Feb 4, 2013
    80
    His technical prowess is thrilling in its time signature hopping. [Mar 2013, p.65]
  40. Jan 15, 2013
    80
    Long.Live.A$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.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 111 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Jan 18, 2013
    7
    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 focus on the lyrics more but the album is a great debut for the 24 year old. Full Review »
  2. Jan 15, 2013
    10
    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
    9
    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 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 »