For as much as hip-hop has become a global phenomena, many fans still consider New York its mecca. So when a 24-year-old Harlem MC by the name of A$AP Rocky started making some noise in Gotham, the world quickly took notice.
In 2012, Rocky made his first big splash with his mixtape, “Live.Love.A$AP.” With tracks like “Trilla” and “Peso” leading the way, the rapper’s unique sound – a combination of Dirty South bass and East Coast lyricism – easily set him apart from much of the competition. The inevitable label bidding war ensued, and the charismatic Rocky landed a deal with Polo Ground/RCA the same year.
Now, only a few days into the new year, A$AP Rocky has released his official debut, “Long.Live.A$AP.” Packed with more than a few A-list appearances, the album is already garnering critical acclaim. MSN Music recently caught up with the rising hip-hop star to discuss his debut, the competition and the A$AP movement.
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