What’s up citizens this ya guy Rob Markman with The Rob Report, where we break down music for the game’s hottest artists. Last week we vibes with Tech N9ne’s Special Effects and today we are going to check out on of the year’s most anticipated rap albums A$AP Rocky’s At.Long.Last.A$AP.
Rocky’s debut mixtape Love.LIve.ASAP set the Harlem rapper apart and raised high expectations, mostly because of the tape’s carefully curated syrup sound. By the time Rocky got to his 1st album in 2013 he experimented with sounds and expanded and deviated a bit, but on this new LP Rocky is on a mission to reclaim his sound. The opening “Holy Ghost” is a pyscadelllic analysis of religion in 2015.”L$D” is another drug-fueled trip and on the album ending “Back Home” he links with the original Pretty Flacko, Mos Def on a soulful collaboration.
So far 2015 has brought a collection of quality rap albums from guys like Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Lupe Fiasco, Big Sean and others. With At.Long.Last.A$AP Rocky plants his flag amongst the greats of this generation and proves that he really belongs. And the best part is he does it all on his terms. Even when he gets iconic rappers like Lil Wayne on “Ms” and Kanye West on “Jukebox Joints” – he doesn’t follow anyone’s lead. Now the Rod-Steart sampling “Everyday” i can do with out, but that “Jukebox Joints” is so so dope.
Overall I’m going to give At.Long.Last.A$AP a 8 out of 10. It’s the Rocky album we’ve all been waiting for. Well there goes my two cents. What do you think? Hit me on Twitter @ROBMARKMAN, I talk back.