The New York Times Reviews ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’

admin / 28 May, 2015


The one true love song on the new ASAP Rocky album, “At.Long.Last.ASAP,” is called “LSD.” A wobbly, slightly morbid affair, “LSD” is about the drug and the love you make — or can’t make — on it. “I look for ways to say, ‘I love you,’/But I ain’t into making love songs/Baby, I’m just rapping to this LSD,” Rocky sing-raps languidly, finding feelings inside the high but losing grip of them just as easily.

Rocky has always preferred life in the ooze, and drug music is what got him here. His earliest breakthroughs, “Purple Swag” and “Peso,” celebrated both directly and indirectly the chopped-and-screwed sound of Houston rap, and its attendant culture around prescription-strength cough syrup. On those songs, too, he rapped slowly but deliberately, obscuring syllabic tricks underneath a narcotic haze.

But ASAP Rocky’s biggest hit — the profane title shortens to “Problems” — is also his least representative. It’s fleet and sparkly, and also weighted with better adapted guests (Drake, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar).

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