None of us knew it at the time, but when the Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky swung through the eMusic offices last spring, accompanied by a good portion of his entourage, his major-label debut Long.Live.A$AP was nowhere near seeing the light of day. That day, it was slated for a July 4 release, and “Goldie,” Rocky’s glossy gold-plated lead single produced by Hit Boy (“Niggas in Paris”, “Clique”), had just hit radio. He was riding high on the buzz from his free mixtape LiveLoveA$AP, which had delivered on the promise of his tantalizing earliest songs. Those songs, accompanied by compelling, stylish low-budget clips, suggested a marketable phenomenon, but even then he was on his way to proving he was also a budding star.
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Recently, A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg stopped by Cosmic Kev’s Come Up show in Philly and dropped some bars over Cypress Hill’s instrumental. Check out the freestyles above.
The good people at Complex Magazine are looking to spoil one lucky fan. In partnership with Rocky himself, you can enter to win a chance to see him and Rihanna perform at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Additionally, the flight and all hotel accommodations for you and a friend are covered. Sounds nice right? Hit the link and find out how you could score this sweet deal.
While out in Europe, A$AP Rocky stopped by to visit Tim Westwood and kick a freestyle over a few different instrumentals. Check out the 7-minute video above.
Our friends at iLuvLola have teamed up with Sony to give one lucky fan an exclusive LONG.LIVE.A$AP package to celebrate A$AP Rocky’s debut. The package includes the deluxe edition of LONG.LIVE.A$AP, an exclusive vinyl of LONG.LIVE.A$AP, as well as Rocky’s Complex Magazine issue. Find out how you can get your hands on this dope prize package here!
DJ Clue interviewed A$AP Rocky in celebration of his album release, LONG.LIVE.A$AP. A notable moment is when A$AP tells DJ Clue that he wants to be more than just a “rapper.”
On Tuesday, A$AP Rocky celebrated the release of LONG.LIVE.A$AP at The Hole in New York City. The mob was in the building, along with special guests. Brook Bobbins was on hand to capture all the festivities. Peep some of the photos below and check out the full gallery here.
Yesterday evening BET revealed the new set of 106 & Park and special guest A$AP Rocky stopped by to kick things off. Pretty Flacko talks to the new hosts about his new album, touring the world, kicks a freestyle, and much more. Watch the full episode above.
No rap movement from 2012 captured the hip-hop world better than “Always Strive and Prosper.” A$AP Rocky is living proof of his own words, building an aesthetic that stems from syrupy Houston bounce with an appreciation for New York rap. The 24-year-old Harlem rapper’s worldview—consists of high-fashion trends by Jeremy Scott, Raf Simons and Rick Owens—follows the lineage of Harlem’s flashy roots, channeling an immaculate taste of hypnotic-cloud raps. It earned him a fat $3 million deal from RCA, while his lauded Live.Love.A$AP mixtape showcased the crew’s lifestyle beyond its music.
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