03rd Jun2015

A$AP Rocky #1 On The Charts With ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’

by @Djordje

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A$AP Rocky claims the #1 spot on multiple charts this week with his critically acclaimed sophomore album At.Long.Last.A$AP (A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records), including his second #1 entry on Billboard’s Top 200 Album, R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap charts, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The outspoken MC also takes the #1 position on Spotify’s Top Album chart, breaking Drake’s nine-week run at #1 and placing A$AP Rocky as the #1 Top Artist on the streaming site. Eleven tracks off of the album have generated over 1 million streams each in the US since its unexpected release on May 26th.

Internationally, Rocky lands the #1 spot on Canada’s Top Album chart and debuts at #10 in the UK. The album also marks career high Top 10 entries in Australia, Switzerland and New Zealand with only half the chart week. Additionally, At.Long.Last.A$AP peaked at #1 on iTunes in 31 markets including UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Poland, Russia and Ireland.

A$AP Rocky’s return to the top of the charts is complemented with an overwhelming response from fans and media with the Los Angeles Times describing the album as “raw, woozy, profoundly psychedelic and often brilliant.” The New York Times proclaims “Rocky is a more precise and impressive rapper… a rapper who understands his talent in relation to that of his peers and that of his influences, unafraid of showing you his blueprint.” Rolling Stone cites “At.Long.Last.A$AP takes the gritty East Coast classicism and syrup-drippin’ Houston screwiness of his killer 2013 debut, Long.Live.A$AP, and adds an extra level of psychedelic sprawl…”

In 2013, A$AP Rocky announced his global arrival in a major way with his chart-topping debut album LONG.LIVE.A$AP. Despite leaking a week prior to release, the album entered at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200, Hip-Hop Albums, R&B Albums and Digital Albums charts. LONG.LIVE.A$AP also made Top 10 chart entries in 24 countries around the world and included the platinum-selling Noah “40” Shebib produced track “F**kin’ Problems,” featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, which won a BET Award for Best Collaboration, BET Hip-Hop Award for Best Collaboration, Duo or Group, MTV Video Music Award Japan for Best Hip-Hop Video, and nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song.

In support of the album, A$AP Rocky will embark on a European tour later this month. Tour dates will be announced shortly.

Purchase links:

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/ALLA
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/ALLAspotify
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/ALLAamazon
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/ALLAgp

02nd Jun2015

(Video) A$AP Rocky in RBMA’s Short Film ‘Trust Me’

by @Djordje

Getting old sucks. Of course it does. All those missed opportunities flashing by your eyes, telling you that things could have been different if only you’d been a little less cynical. The next generation, however, are doing things differently: they’re grabbing life with both hands and intend to ride it to the moon and back.

To prove this, we sent film-makers on the road with the Red Bull Music Academy UK Tour to speak to the latest generation of good-time people, artists and creative thinkers. The result, Trust Me, is a positive tonic that features young folk with open minds, wisdom beyond their years and enough bright-eyed optimism to power the UK through a blackout.

Filmed over the four weekends that Red Bull Music Academy called into Glasgow, Bristol, London and Manchester, the film shows exactly what’s on young people’s minds these days and what they think about all those sticky issues that seem to drive older people up the wall.

It’s not just party-goers put in front of the camera either. New British talent like Little Simz, Skepta and JME give their tuppence worth, while A$AP Rocky and Seth Troxler explain what it is that fascinates them about British youth culture and its propensity for having it large.

Via RBMA.

01st Jun2015

(Video) A$AP Rocky Interview with DJ Whoo Kid

by @Djordje

Promoting his recent album “At.Long.Last.A$AP”, A$AP Rocky stopped by “The Whoolywood Shuffle” with DJ Whoo Kid on Shade 45. The 30-minute interview is laced with gems; Rocky speaks on losing the ring that Swizz Beatz gifted him, PacSun pulling his “anarchist” merchandise from their shelves, being instrumental in Mos Def changing back his name from Yasiin Bey, working with Rod Stewart on “Everyday”, Rick Owen’s wife Michèle Lamy paying homage to A$AP Yams with the artwork for “A.L.L.A.”, Lil B cursing the Houston Rockets and diffusing a beef that Rocky had with another rapper, and more.

The interview ends with Rocky putting Wiz Khalifa on blast. It’s out there that Rocky turned down a weed challenge from Wiz, but he sets the record straight and how he got Wiz back by popping his mushroom cherry. Tune into “The Whoolywood Shuffle” each and every Saturday from 12p-6p EST, with a re-broadcast on Sunday’s from 10a-4p EST exclusively on Eminem’s Shade 45 (Sirius XM).

Via DJ Whoo Kid.

01st Jun2015

A$AP Rocky Interview with EBONY

by @Djordje

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“I hope you all enjoy this, nah’mean? If it’s one thing I can say about this album, it’s that I wanted to make music the way I wanted to, not like any of this other wack sh*t out here.” This is how Rakim Mayers, alias A$AP Rocky, recently addressed an intimate crowd of about 25-30 journalists, label reps and industry folk at his pre-release album listening event.

Of the 18 tracks that make up his second studio album, A.L.L.A (At.Long.Last.A$AP), the crowd only heard about seven or eight songs, but one could already get an impression of the trippy, psychedelic sound Rocky was experimenting with for the new project. With anticipation already building for what A.L.L.A. would bring from the banger of a single “Lord Pretty Flacko 2,” all buzz seemed to fall to the wayside with the sudden and tragic death of A$AP Mob founder A$AP Yams. How the Mob will move forward without their fallen captain remains in question, but with Rocky at the forefront, they’ve made it known that it would be business as usual, with them dedicating all that comes next (including A.L.L.A.) to their longtime friend.

Continue reading on EBONY.

01st Jun2015

A$AP Rocky Interview with The Village Voice

by @Djordje

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It’s been a long afternoon, but A$AP Rocky has just gotten a second wind. The rapper is sitting in a swivel chair in a control room at Jungle City Studios in Chelsea. He’s in the middle of a nonstop press day, giving consecutive interviews to promote his new album A.L.L.A. — an acronym for “At. Long. Last. A$AP” — and despite the fact that we’ve been here for hours, the Harlem native is bright and alert…although he’s lost track of time.

“What’s today?” he asks, holding an almost-smoked joint to his chest. His hair is pulled back neatly into braids and his smile glistens from a gold bottom grill. He’s wearing all black and what appear to be red slippers — both comfy and very expensive-looking — on his feet. His amnesia is understandable; it’s been a whirlwind week. On May 26, he dropped his sophomore album a week early with a party at Milk Studios. A family affair, the event was attended by his A$AP Mob collective, relatives of his late former manager Steven “A$AP Yams” Rodriguez and his mother. “She just be chillin’. She’s happy for me. She keeps me humble,” Rocky laughs about his mom. “She kind of had something going when she named me Rakim. She was onto something!”

Continue reading on The Village Voice.

01st Jun2015

The Boombox Reviews ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’

by @Djordje

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The Boombox took a sonic trip through A$AP Rocky’s new album. Click here to read what they found.

01st Jun2015

11 Things Pigeons & Planes Learned From A$AP Rocky’s A.L.L.A. Album

by @Djordje

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Click here to check out the 11 things Pigeons & Planes learned from Rocky’s new album.

31st May2015

(Video) A$AP Rocky Performs “Jukebox Joints” at The 8th Annual Roots Picnic

by @Djordje

More footage of A$AP Rocky’s Roots Picnic performance emerges, this time for his new cut “Jukebox Joints” off At.Long.Last.A$AP.

31st May2015

(Video) A$AP Rocky Interview with Charlie Sloth of BBC Radio 1Xtra

by @Djordje

A$AP Rocky joins Charlie Sloth on BBC Radio 1Xtra to discuss jewels in his teeth, grime, A$AP Yams, and more.

31st May2015

(Video) A$AP Rocky Performs “Wild For The Night” at The 8th Annual Roots Picnic

by @Djordje

Watch A$AP Rocky, alongside the A$AP Mob, perform “Wild For The Night” at the 8th Annual Roots Picnic festival in Philly this past weekend.

30th May2015

HipHopDX Reviews ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’

by @Djordje

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In a year that has seen a plethora of major releases already, the bar has been raised on what it takes to stand out as artists have begun to focus more on whole albums then single tracks. A$AP Rocky’s sophomore effort At.Long.Last.A$AP. is an achievement that does just that.

As it begins with a sample from the Coen Brothers O Brother, Where Art Thou before dropping into a deep instrumental framed by guitar bells and a driving bass, the listener is quickly aware they are in unchartered territory. “Church bells and choir sounds tell ‘em, quiet down / Bow your head, the most high’s around” is the first time we hear Rocky and the introduction to 66 minutes and 15 seconds of his greatest art to date.

The album’s range is sometimes vast both sonically and thematically. It is a puzzle that fits due to soul-searching work by Rocky, Danger Mouse, and the newest name on the tongues of Hip Hop heads across the country, Joe Fox. Fox’s story is that of biopic foder. He literally bumped into Rocky on the streets of London while trying to get people to listen to his mixtape and found himself in the studio with the rapper later that night.

Continue reading on HipHopDX.

30th May2015

Vogue Explains A$AP Rocky’s Fashion References on A.L.L.A.

by @Djordje

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A$AP Rocky has been a significant style star since his early days wearing a “dress” during his appearance on 106 & Park. He released a collaboration for Adidas with Jeremy Scott in 2013 and has been a front-row fixture at Fashion Week over the past few years. On his new album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, he raps, “I swear we gon’ have drama if you touch my tailored garments.”

The album, which had a surprise midnight release last night, is full of fashion references. Here’s an annotated guide to his new lyrics and all of the style shout-outs.

Continuing reading on Vogue.

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