A$AP Rocky & Skepta Nod To DMX In An Ocean-Crossing Collabo (Video)
A$AP Rocky’s new record Testing deserves recognition amidst almost two weeks worth of narratives driven by peers and their respective new and upcoming releases. Make no mistake that Lord Flacko packaged a few bangers into his latest solo effort. Rocky’s hazy, sluggish team-up with Diddy on “Tony Tone” is one of the album’s standouts, as is the southern-tinged Memphis creeper BlocBoy JB collab, “O.G. Beeper.” Testing‘s most confident track, though, might be A$AP Rocky’s link with Skepta, “Praise The Lord (Da Shine).”
Today, Rocky released a visual for “Praise The Lord (Da Shine)” that showcases both rappers in their respective cities: A$AP Rocky in New York and Skepta in London. The flute-heavy, bass banging track sees both MCs trading off verses of hustling and braggadocio talk. “Pockets loaded, rocket loaded, okay lets rock and roll this / Time to go, lock, stock and two smoking barrels / Locked and loaded / Diamonds glowing,” Rocky spits. Meanwhile, the visual portrays Skepta and Rocky flexing in their projects and showcasing some of the people who make-up Harlem and Tottenham. The song’s hook and last two verses are interpolations of DMX’s flow delivery from “Who We Be,” and pays homage to the rapper who inspired both MCs to create music of their own.
Testing is out now courtesy of ASAP Worldwide, Polo Grounds and RCA.