Long.Live.A$AP

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  • Summary: 2 Chainz, Action Bronson, Big K.R.I.T., Danny Brown, Drake, Joey Bada$$, Kendrick Lamar, Santigold, Schoolboy Q, Skrillex, and Yelawolf guest on the official debut studio release for the New York rapper.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. 100
    His major-label debut proves he's more than a magnetic hedonist.
  2. Jan 16, 2013
    80
    In many ways Long.Live.A$AP is an album of the present.
  3. The Source
    Feb 21, 2013
    80
    It is a step up for Rocky and the perfect documentation of today's new forefront in hip-hop. [Feb-Mar 2013, p.88]
  4. Unsure whether he wanted to create a sunny, party album, gangstafest, or a record of cool pop vibes, Rocky seems to have tried to make them all, and with minor successes in all departments, he sacrifices something stronger.
  5. Rocky's rhymes are believable when reminiscing about growing up poor.
  6. Jan 16, 2013
    63
    If there's a knock to be had against the Harlem rapper, it's that he lacks an original presence. So it's curious that for his major-label debut he's opted to further venture down the rabbit hole of references, loading Long.Live.A$AP with a bevy of guests with personalities far more distinctive than his own.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Mar 24, 2013
    10
    Outstanding Rap Album!
  2. Jan 15, 2013
    10
    Great album. One of easiest hip-hop albums for me to sit down and listen to all the way through. If you can give this album some time, IGreat album. One of easiest hip-hop albums for me to sit down and listen to all the way through. If you can give this album some time, I think you'll appreciate A$AP Rocky's progression as an artist. Expand
  3. Jan 15, 2013
    10
    Great album. I don't understand why some aren't liking it. I can see Rocky's progression as an artist on this. (best tracks: Long Live ASAP,Great album. I don't understand why some aren't liking it. I can see Rocky's progression as an artist on this. (best tracks: Long Live ASAP, LVL, PMW, Phoenix and Suddenly) Expand
  4. Feb 4, 2014
    9
    A$AP Rocky’s debut album Long.Live.A$AP is one of the most unique hip-hop albums of the year, made by one of the most unique rappers in thisA$AP Rocky’s debut album Long.Live.A$AP is one of the most unique hip-hop albums of the year, made by one of the most unique rappers in this industry to date. From his screwed Houston bounce with an appreciation for New York rap to his high-fashion trends by Jeremy Scott, Raf Simons and Rick Owens, follows the lineage of Harlem’s flashy roots, channeling an pristine taste of hypnotic raps..The 24-year-old Harlem rapper had a spectacular 2011, coming into a crazy $3 million deal with RCA based on early buzz and then silencing skeptics with his breakout LiveLoveA$AP mixtape. With a set release date of July 4th 2012 to which was then pushback to January 15th 2013 people were starting to feel the album would never materialize but as soon as the album dropped everyone expectations were exceeded. Many rap-industry heavies appear on LongLiveA$AP, and they mix well with other young rappers up and the coming along of A$AP. More importantly he never cedes the center. His lead single “F**kin’ Problems have shown his successful attempts at radio play and pop appeal, but Long.Live.A$AP isn’t him adapting to mainstream standards. A$AP picks up right where he left off on his mixtape only taking the sound bigger and better. For someone often criticized for his lack of depth, A$AP Rocky keeps delivering in the face of skepticism and continues to grow his fan base through all demographics. On his debut album, Long.Live.A$AP, Rocky aimed to maintain the general style of his mixtape while upgrading the sound enough to expand his fan base. In general, he does exactly that; however his debut is slightly more erratic, with fantastic tracks alongside bars of strong lyricism. A$AP sets himself apart in this album because he does not rap about what common rappers rap about most of the time. What good rap does need to do is tell a compelling story and Rocky has a story to tell. He grew up in and out of shelter, his dad was arrested, and he lost his brother. But it seems that those are not the stories that Rocky wants to focus on. He wants to look to the future, rap about his newfound success and how now everything is going to be different .This drive for success and the confidence that oozes out as he swags his way into pop culture results in the kind of lyricism that is playful, quotable, and generally palatable. A$AP Rocky sounds natural in every setting; along with his command of rhythm and cadence, this is his greatest gift. His lyrics, a riot of lifestyle brands and other desirables, can feel like standing in front of a closet of prohibitively expensive designer goods included with his rhymes when reminiscing about growing up poor. as Rocky also likes to rap about , women ,money, and drugs which is how he lives his life. Although this is the regular inappropriate lyrics we hear from other artists Rocky displays an exceptional handle on delivering his lyrics that hook you on every track. The language Rocky uses is extremely explicit but flow nicely with his unique style and his gold teeth, interesting fashion choices and long braids give him a very strong image. His lyrics and image are all about of one common goal; to inspire rappers to be more creative and to inspire his listeners to be themselves. In an interview he states that he does what he does because he loves it and wants to make other people love it so they are inspired to do anything or become anything they want to be. Long.Live.A$AP mirrors as a walk through his influences, featuring other blockbuster names such as Drake, 2 Chainz, Santigold, Skrillex, Florence Welch, to name a few. A$AP Rocky’s album is a beginning to his bright future music career and gives the overall message to be your-self and ignore the haters. It’s clear that he covered all the popular leanings in hip-hop of today, whether exploding on the EDM anthem “Wild for the Night” or the indie pop sentiments on “Hell.” Rocky is a fast-rising star who continues to stay in the discussion as one of the best rappers coming out today. Expand
  5. Dec 8, 2014
    8
    You can't say A$AP Rocky isn't original, not after listening to "Long.Live.A$AP," anyways. After his extremely successful mixtapeYou can't say A$AP Rocky isn't original, not after listening to "Long.Live.A$AP," anyways. After his extremely successful mixtape "Live.Love.A$AP" garnered both praise and expectations, he had a lot of hype to live up to. Live up to them he did, however, as his debut album broadens his original by almost every measure, with Rocky getting wittier, sharper, and overall better, and with the sound that made him a household name remaining firmly in place. Unique, it is (you will be hard-pressed to find a similar sounding album), but what's missing is a firm direction, as Rocky appears to have attempted to please too many genre-fans. His lyricism isn't also as good as people make it seem, though that is quickly gleamed over with the style and swagger that he lives for. The exciting production also does a lot for the album as well, giving us thrills and soft touches here and there for a complete feeling. For a debut album with all of the hype and expectations, though, Rocky has crafted an absorbing project, and for you to miss out on it would be to miss out on a young talent poised to overtake a new form of hip-hop. Expand
  6. Jul 12, 2014
    7
    This is an undeniably good album that propels A$AP Rocky into the upper tiers of active rappers. I love how Rocky focuses on putting out goodThis is an undeniably good album that propels A$AP Rocky into the upper tiers of active rappers. I love how Rocky focuses on putting out good music with unique production, instead of just screaming over cookie cutter trap production. There are several clear filler tracks, however, and he definitely doesn't impress me lyrically over most of the album.
    ~ 7.2/10
    ~ including deluxe tracks and pre-order bonus track: 7.4/10
    Best track: "1 Train": WOW! is all I can say.. this is one of my favorite tracks of 2013. The beat feels underground and the features were perfect, especially Big K.R.I.T.
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  7. Feb 15, 2013
    3
    Apart from his single, "Goldie", Asap doesn't bring anything new and comes off as a pretentious kid in most of his underwhelming overhypedApart from his single, "Goldie", Asap doesn't bring anything new and comes off as a pretentious kid in most of his underwhelming overhyped songs. Pretty disappointing. Expand

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