Long.Live.A$AP - A$AP Rocky
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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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  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
    In many ways Long.Live.A$AP is an album of the present.
  3. Feb 21, 2013
    It is a step up for Rocky and the perfect documentation of today's new forefront in hip-hop. [Feb-Mar 2013, p.88]
  4. Unsure whether he wanted to create a sunny, party album, gangstafest, or a record of cool pop vibes, Rocky seems to have tried to make them all, and with minor successes in all departments, he sacrifices something stronger.
  5. Rocky's rhymes are believable when reminiscing about growing up poor.
  6. Jan 16, 2013
    If there's a knock to be had against the Harlem rapper, it's that he lacks an original presence. So it's curious that for his major-label debut he's opted to further venture down the rabbit hole of references, loading Long.Live.A$AP with a bevy of guests with personalities far more distinctive than his own.
  7. Jan 14, 2013
    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: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Jun 30, 2013
    Wow. Just from the title track, this is an album like nothing I have ever heard before. This is an album that you can never get tired of. Its got everything needed for a great album, and I was just blown away. The guest verses were mostly amazing, with the only one really not that good being Yelawolf's verse on 1Train. The best part about the album though, is that the bonus tracks sound even better than the first twelve. Ghetto Symphony, Jodye, Angels, and I Come Apart are some of the best songs of the year no doubt. It will be exciting to see where Lord Flacko goes from here Expand
  2. Jan 16, 2013
    this album is fantastic debut for A$AP Rocky, its of the same technique as Live Love A$AP. I found that this album is a complete classic, my fav. tracks are 1 Train,Long Live A$AP, LVL, Goldie and PMW(all i really need) Expand
  3. Jan 15, 2013
    Great album. I don't understand why some aren't liking it. I can see Rocky's progression as an artist on this. (best tracks: Long Live ASAP, LVL, PMW, Phoenix and Suddenly) Expand
  4. Feb 4, 2014
    A$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 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. Feb 16, 2013
    A$AP's debut album is a bit different from his mixtape. The production is a lot more diverse and the raps have certainly improved. The thing about A$AP is that no matter how much you love or hate him, you have to admit he has his own style. And that's what makes this album work. He's willing to do more on his album then he did on his mixtape. Songs like Goldie and the title track are his anthem style tracks. Something that gives you that kind of boost. Songs like PMW, Hell, Pain and LVL are his smoother tracks. 1 Train is the harder hitting song and Suddenly is kind of a retrospective song. Each of the songs have their own personality which you didn't really get from his mixtape. Still, I'd say the mixtape is better because as far as songs, production and overall feel. I like the smoother more spacey songs on Live.Love.A$AP a lot better than Long.Live.A$AP. Plus songs like Fashion Killa in all honesty are unnecessary. Plus the song Problem seems like an after thought. Kendrick doesn't go nearly as hard on that song as he would on 1 Train. But still for a major label debut, I enjoyed this project a lot. It takes a lot more risks and for the most part they work. If you're a fan of Rocky, go support it. Expand
  6. Jul 12, 2014
    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 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.
  7. Jan 18, 2013
    I'm giving a zero to this album and this artist just because he stole his name from Aesop Rock, who is a superior artist compared to this child. Oh, and this album and "asap rocky's" music in general is terrible. Expand

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