Last week A$AP Rocky released his sophomore debut A.L.L.A. (At.Long.Last.A$AP). The project was scheduled for release on June 2nd, but after the album leaked the label moved the date to share with all of the fans. The album serves as a follow up to his Long.Live.A$AP in 2013.
Thus far, the album has received praise from many publications. Jon Caramanica of the New York Times wrote “At.Long.Last.ASAP is also a deeply curated affair — there are guest verses from Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Future, M.I.A., Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and UGK, including Pimp C, who died in 2007. Rod Stewart and Miguel sing on one song. The album is laden with samples, from soul to Southern Rock to Indie Rock.”
While the project is full of good music, the album is a bit lengthy. It holds 18 tracks and goes over an hour in playing time. To help the casual fan get to the goodies, here are my choices of the top four tracks you must listen to on Rocky’s new album.
1- Canal St. (feat. Bones)
A$AP Rocky showed his appreciation for music in the underground scene as he tapped a rising star named Bones for a jam titled “Canal St.” The song is remake of one of Bones biggest songs, but Rocky adds his Harlem swag to the track to take it over the top. While Bones may only be on the hook of this one, he represents himself well. Hopefully this is the first of many songs between the dynamic duo.
2-Electric Body feat. Schoolboy Q
Schoolboy Q & Rocky have shown great synergy since their first collab titled “Hands On The Wheel.” Q always holds Rocky down with a solid verse and the trend continues on “Electric Body.” Rocky keeps listeners on their toes dropping solid bars like:
“Ever seen a crib like this? Diamonds in my ears look like wrists
Pull off at the light like “Wuh,” looking like a mil in that trunk
Two-seater got me looking all clumped
hit a ni**a wig on sight Serve a ni&&a mom off white, I’m a get so high, I’m Christ
Ni**a ball so hard like Mike, I could whip that bi*ch like Ike”
Hopefully these two decide to go on tour together, the rap game needs that bi-coastal wave in effect this summer.
3-Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2
Rocky continues to extend the hand rising underground acts, as he hands the baton to DC native Yung Gleesh during the music video for “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2.” Gleechie is electric in the video as he electric slides and moonwalks throughout the video. His energy in the video is the perfect fit visually for what is an awesome care-free track.
4- M's feat. Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne may be dealing with issues with Young Money Cash Money, but that hasn’t stopped the New Orleans native from delivering strong guest verses during this down time. Weezy kept the ball rolling with a monster guest verse on “M’s.” The Mike Dean produced track is loaded with bass and Rocky flows with relentless aggression over the beat.