ASAP Rocky’s “Long Live” Fulfills Expectations

Posted on February 21, 2013 by

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Rakim Meyers, better known as ASAP ROCKY, is an American rapper from Harlem, born and raised in New York City. He released a mix tape titled “Live Love ASAP” to critical praise, and his first album “Long Live ASAP” does not disappoint in the slightest.

Released 15 January, the album features guest appearances from Schoolboy Q, Santigold, OverDoz, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Drake, Big K.R.I.T., Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Joey [Badboy], Gunplay, A$AP Ferg, and Florence Welch.

The first single of the album is “Goldie,” a smooth and chilled-out track with lyrics about typical rap themes, like how much money and how many girls he has. With an almost sinister backing beat to it, the song is made whole.

The second single off the album is “[Bad] Problems,” which features rappers Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar. It’s a fun and fast track with 2 chains providing only the repeated lines in between the rappers’ verses.

In “1 Train,”the track features Kendrick Lamar, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Joey [Badboy], and Big K.R.I.T.  It’s a collective song that allows all of the individual rappers to show their unique styles and give perspectives into what they rap about, with ASAP giving his own gangster style and lyrics, Kendrick his fast rhymes building an image in your head, Joey his slow lyrics and punchline-esque style, Yelawolf his fast rhymes, Danny Brown his low brow lyrics, Action Bronson his slowed down rhymes and raps about all he has, and finally Big K.R.I.T, who gets special mention for a verse that is just so much fun.

ASAP Rocky’s style and rhymes are a perfect end to what, in my opinion, is the best track on the album.

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