Flacko, Carti, Tyler and Gleesh connect on “Telephone Calls.” Cozy Tapes Vol. 1 arrives October 31st.
A$AP Rocky announced to the world via tweet (and crying Benedict Cumberbatch GIF) last weekend that “Cozy Tapes Vol. 1” was finished.
“Cozy Tapes” has been a labor of love and devotion for Rocky. The project, which features multiple A$AP Mob members, was initiated by close friend A$AP Yams, who died suddenly in early 2015. While there’s no release date yet for “Cozy Tapes,” we’re one step closer today with the release of the film “Money Man,” which includes two tracks from the album.
The intense 12-minute short film was directed by AWGE, A$AP Rocky’s creative collective, and tells the tragic story of Rina, a character trapped in a world of crime and misfortune. It is soundtracked by the song “Money Man” featuring A$AP Nast and a second song featuring Skepta. Both songs were recorded at Red Bull Studios London.
The film — shot over three days in northwest London — also features A$AP Nast and Skepta. Also making an appearance is Said Taghmaoui, the screenwriter and actor, who starred in the groundbreaking 1995 French film “La Haine,” upon which the “Money Man” film takes its inspiration, and the acclaimed David O. Russell movie “Three Kings.”
Last month, A$AP Rocky dropped the track “Crazy Brazy” — featuring A$AP Rocky, the Atlanta rapper Key! and A$AP Twelvvy — which is also on “Cozy Tapes.” In an interview with MTV, Rocky called the album “an introduction to a new cozy way. It’s really rap-punk meets alternative underground.”
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A$AP Ferg decides to bless his fans on his birthday today by releasing the official remix to is banger “New Level.” Listen to single, featuring new verses from A$AP Rocky and Lil Uzi Vert, above.
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A$AP Rocky assists Alicia Keys on her latest single “Blended Family.” Stream the track above and pre-order her upcoming album, Here, now on iTunes.
A$AP Rocky and Key! take to MTV to premiere their new song “Crazy Brazy.” Cozy Tapes Vol. 1 dropping soon!
After premiering on MTV with a brazy performance from the Mob, we are blessed with the full studio version. Bump that “Crazy Brazy” now. Cozy Tapes on the way.
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MTV and Viacom Velocity, the company’s in-house creative agency, today announced it has named A$AP Rocky, backed by his own creative company AWGE, as Creative Director for MTV LABS, a creative incubator developed in partnership with the Harlem-born rapper and cultural trendsetter. In this role, Rocky and AWGE will have access to the company’s cross-platform production capabilities to create original content; experiment with new formats and existing MTV IP; and develop branded content for advertisers in partnership with Viacom Velocity.
“MTV is a name we grew up with – everyone knows them as innovators and champions of building artists’ careers. I’m honored to have this opportunity and can’t wait to show people what we have been working on,” said A$AP Rocky.
“As a dominant platform for youth culture, MTV has always given voice to fans and tapped artists who can deeply connect to them,” said Niels Schuurmans, EVP and Chief Creative Officer, Viacom Velocity. “A$AP Rocky is a unique Millennial artist whose influence as an innovator and disruptor spans music, film, art, and fashion. What was so compelling to us is his authentic love for fans and the MTV brand, along with his desire to collaborate with us and our marketing partners to develop ideas that drive real cultural impact.”
To celebrate the partnership, A$AP Rocky will give an exclusive performance of never-before-heard tracks from the forthcoming A$AP Mob album, Cozy Tapes Vol 1, in MTV’s Times Square studio on Friday, September 30. The performance of the lead track, “Crazy Brazy,” featuringA$AP Rocky and Key!, will be broadcast on MTV at 6:25 p.m. ET and streamed across MTV platforms. Additional A$AP Mob members are slated to make special appearances.
Alex Crossan, better known as UK producer Mura Masa, has shared a new collaboration with A$AP Rocky. Rocky contributes a verse to a new version of Mura Masa’s “Lovesick Fuck.” The new collab is called “Love$ick.” Hear it, and see the single artwork, below. Crossan is currently prepping his debut album as Mura Masa. It is due out next year via Anchor Point and Downtown/Interscope Records.
In a statement, Crossan explained how the collaboration with Rocky came to be:
Rocky was actually in London for a couple of days and I wanted to make him feel like I was taking the collaboration seriously, so I booked us in to Abbey Road, Studio 2, and we met up there for a couple of hours and he did his thing. It was a hell of a good time hanging out in such a legendary space with him, very surreal. The track originally was about sex and how I was feeling after a particularly empty encounter with a friend told through a kind of twisted-pop, calypso, hip hop dance track. Rocky kind of ran with that and took it to this lovelorn, exotic place. He totally injected his energy into it.
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Clams Casino’s “Be Somebody” ft. A$AP Rocky and Lil B gets the remix treatment with an additional verse from AJ Tracey. Stream above.
The American rapper talks life, love and celebrity crushes for director Jacob John Harmer.
Hip-Hop super-producer Swizz Beatz took some time out of his busy schedule to take us around some of his old haunts ahead of his BACARDI X No Commission: Art Performs event in The Bronx next week.
The Bronx Hall of Fame resident was also joined by fellow multi-faceted hip-hop artist and New-Yorker A$AP Rocky, riding BMX’s together through the streets of New York and visiting several iconic locations including 1520 Sedgwick Ave, the birthplace of hip-hop.
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French Montana’s sophomore album MC4 is set to drop on August 19th. Get a taste for the album with his new single “Said N Done” featuring A$AP Rocky. Stream below.