After waiting what could have felt like an eternity for Flacko disciples and the rest of music fans who have been swimming in a pool of anticipation for a sophomore album from A$ap Rocky, the hip hop world finally got what they have been waiting for when Rocky released his album, 'At. Long. Last. A$ap' a week earlier.
ASAP Rocky continues to effectively articulate that smooth, chopped and screwed sound with that vintage Bone Thugs and Harmony flow that we've all grown a custom to.
Start to finish -- track for track, this album has all the makings of a classic. Not only because of Rocky's alternative hip-hop style and his ability to use a Houston sound and merge it with an east coast influence, but also because of his ability to jump to other genres.
A.L.L.A. flawlessly transitions between tracks with chopped - screwed lyrics laid over a hard bassline to tracks with trippy, late 60's influenced hippy music like "L$D" and "Back Home".
Nonetheless, Rocky most definitely is one for consistency.
In this album he undoubtedly shows his growth while continuously providing that signature A$AP style.
Even though Rocky did just fine by himself, Schoolboy Q swooped down for the assist on "Electric Body". This track provides a funky sound for the ladies to shake to as both, Q and A$AP deliver an effective one - two punch. The song starts off as an upbeat electronic disco and slows down toward the end of the song with a freaky, psychedelic sound.
And if Schoolboy and Rocky weren't enough for you, then maybe a track produced and featured by Mr. Kanye West may be what you're looking for.
"Jukebox Joints" again emphasizes a vintage, retro sounding vibe as both Kanye and A$AP deliver a Saturday night car tunes feel as it smoothly transitions into the following tracks, 'Max B' and 'Pharsyde' that exploit a similar sound. Displaying versitility, Rocky slays verses with smooth 60s-70s interludes.
Also, displaying his gift for dark storytelling, he raps,
" Now this the kind of story that should make doves cry
Fuck that, this the story that should make thugs cry"
The all-star list of features continue as Juicy J and UGK stop by for an appearance with a hustlers anthem in "Wavybone". Anyone who cherishes that old skool, dirty - south, vibe will love this song with no question.
Weezy also gets a chance to spazz aside A$AP in 'M's'. Rocky lyrically flourished as he delivers.
In the first verse, Rocky raps:
"Me and Yams made the plan
Then I paid myself and I gave myself advance
Way before I became myself
I'd like to thank myself because I made myself the man
It's like lately I ain't myself
I'd rather hang myself before I play myself".
The album ends with "Back Home" that provides a sample from the 1968 song by The Jaggerz, "Gotta Find My Way Back Home," which again starts with smooth cruising music, ending with A$AP Yams sending a message from beyond the grave.
Rocky continuously displays his ability to transition through any genre; making music which is creating an alternative pattern of his own that the music world loves. "if I ain't the greatest, b***h I'm one of em, How in the f*** could you front on em?"