For A$AP Rocky, keeping it real is distinctly overrated.
The Harlem-born rapper is not shy about the hedonistic life that musical success has earned him.
After establishing himself with a self-released mixtape four years ago, 2013’s “Long. Live. A$AP” took him to mainstream stardom — he hit the Billboard Top 10 with the single “F**kin’ Problems,” which featured guest spots from Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar.
Despite the death of his collaborator/business partner, A$AP Yams, from an overdose in January, and the breakup of his relationship with model Chanel Iman last year, Rocky (born Rakim Mayers) was typically confident — and predictably baked — when the New York Post talked with him.
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A$AP Rocky will be making his big screen debut on June 19th, starring in Rick Famuyiwa’s DOPE. Check out the new red band trailer for the film above.
Top Dawg and A$AP link up once again as Rocky and ScHoolboy Q collaborate on “Electric Body,” a cut off Flacko’s upcoming sophomore album. Check out the official tracklist here and be sure to pick up At.Long.Last.A$AP when it drops on June 2nd.
A$AP Rocky – At.Long.Last.A$AP (Official Album Cover and Tracklist)
1. Holy Ghost (feat. Joe Fox)
2. Canal St. (feat. Bones)
3. Fine Whine (feat. M.I.A., Future & Joe Fox)
5. Excuse Me
7. Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2
8. Electric Body (feat. Schoolboy Q)
9. Jukebox Joints (feat. Kanye West & Joe Fox)
10. Max B (feat. Joe Fox)
11. Pharsyde (feat. Joe Fox)
12. Wavybone (feat. Juicy J & UGK)
13. Westside Highway (feat. James Fauntleroy)
14. Better Things
15. M’$ (feat. Lil Wayne)
16. Dreams (interlude)
17. Everyday (feat. Rod Stewart & Miguel)
18. Back Home (feat. Mos Def, Acyde & Yams)
Available June 2.
At this stage in A$AP Rocky’s career, it’s virtually impossible to predict what his third studio album should sound like. The Harlem artist has transcended any semblance of a generic “rapper” title–having emerged quickly as runway fodder from the moment his debut Live. Love. A$AP arrived in 2011, so since then he’s straddled the line between musician and fashion icon. By 2013’s Long. Live. A$AP he was just finding his creative footing, still experimental but slowly bulking up his rolodex. And now we’re at what feels like the final installment of this trilogy, At. Long. Last. A$AP bka A.L.L.A.
Rocky held his official A.L.L.A. listening session yesterday evening in New York City’s Red Bull Studios in Chelsea. The two-floor venue was everything but secretive about the event, as the outside wall of Red Bull had a gigantic lightbox displaying the A.L.L.A. album cover–where Rocky is wearing the signature birthmark of his fallen friend-slash-manager A$AP Yams who passed away in January. Once granted access to the venue, however, it was the equivalent of an Illuminati meeting. Phones, laptops, and anything with a battery pulse were taken away, as a mini reception with hors d’oeuvres were served upstairs before everyone was ushered to the downstairs area for the official listening. Red Bull was naturally the beverage of choice, but the other two options were symbolically champagne and PBR, which is exactly where A$AP Rocky sits within the music industry. Sometimes flashy, sometimes hipster, Rocky is that artist who navigates through both worlds seamlessly. He arrived at Red Bull Studios around 10pm, apologizing for his hour tardiness, and stood behind two turntables and an iPhone ready to do this.
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It’s been over two years since A$AP Rocky dropped his debut album Long. Live. ASAP. Over those two years, it seemed like Rocky was doing everything else rather than releasing music. He dived further into high fashion by posing in DKNY’s Spring 2014 ad campaign and playing football in Times Square with supermodels Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Eliza Cummings. He was featured in Vogue with his then-supermodel girlfriend, Chanel Iman (they have since broken up but remain friends). Famed designer Salvatore Ferragamo reached out to Flacko himself to be a part of his online series A Man’s Story. And he also released a five-part documentary series titled SVDDXNLY.
You can say #FlackoJodyeSeason began in October of last year with the release of “Multiply.” After disowning Hood By Air and Been Trill in the song and providing sleek visuals, A$AP fans began to salivate at the mouth for the Harlem native’s sophomore project. When the late A$AP Yams spoke to XXL in the same month, he explained why dropping “Multiply” then was right on time.
“It was the perfect timing,” Yams said. “A lot of people thought we were out of the playoffs. So we were like, hold up, y’all got us fucked up right now, we just as cold as anybody else. We just had to remind muthafuckas about what time it was. That’s what it comes down to. It’s been a dry-ass year musically. Why not end the year off right?”
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Lil B The BasedGod had the honor of premiering A$AP Rocky’s latest video for “LSD” last night. Check out the psychedelic visual directed by Dexter Navy and co-directed by Flacko, above. At.Long.Last.A$AP arrives June 2nd.
There’s no right way to listen to A$AP Rocky’s new album.
“It’s just one of those things where you get to dissect it how you want,” he says, chatting in the backseat of an SUV as he heads from his SoHo penthouse to Harlem for a Q&A late one afternoon. “For me, I had to listen to it in a whole piece, as one. Word from somebody else: it’s a masterpiece.”
Perhaps self-conscious about seeming cocky, he grins and lets out a hearty laugh, changing the subject as he points out a bikini-clad model on a nearby billboard and asks if she’s Adriana Lima. (She isn’t.)
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The rumors surrounding ASAP Rocky’s new project, At. Long. Last. ASAP, are that it’s good. Damn good. Good enough to project Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye into the conversation of the top music makers in the industry. That good. We know the album is going to be a bit psychedelic, druggy, and highly finessed—Harlem, Houston, and East London glued together with swagger. Everyone who’s heard the album knows it’s a smash—chief among those folks is Rocky himself. Which is exactly why him and his camp have been keeping the album so close to the chest. But not too close to deny us this short leak, shot by artist Daniel Arsham and produced by Danger Mouse. A.L.L.A. Is due out June 2nd. Hopefully this won’t be the last thing we see or hear before then.
Via GQ Magazine.
Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky is blowing open the doors of perception with the forthcoming At. Long. Last. A$AP, an album influenced by his recent psychedelic-drug use as well as the trippy sonics of producer Danger Mouse. Rocky cut more than 40 songs, primarily in London, working with guests like Miguel, Mark Ronson and the former Mos Def, Yasiin Bey. “Trust me, it ain’t no cheesy shit,” Rocky says of his mind-opening new direction. “It’s that fire.”
With his slender frame draped across a chair at a restaurant in Harlem, Rocky speaks in low, concise, stoned sentences. When asked, “Do you get tired doing of these interviews?” he responds with a one-word answer: “Yeah.” He lights up for a moment when discussing his recently-deceased friend A$AP Yams. “He was different,” Rocky says, intending that as high praise. Later in the night he would debut its first official single — the Rod Stewart-sampling “Everyday” — at a Red Bull Music Academy event, but first he talked to Rolling Stone about the record, Baltimore and Yams’ lost LP.
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