A$AP Rocky’s New Album is Full of Surprises…Including Mos Def (Audio)
A$AP Rocky’s new album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP, has been surprising on a number of levels. For starters, Rocky surprised fans with an early release of the LP, moving it from June 2 to May 26, after it was leaked. Beyond that, however, the project finds the A$AP Mob leader exploring several unexpected sonic directions.
On “Everyday” he not only worked with contemporary “it” boys Mark Ronson and Miguel, but also used a dusty sample of vocals by 70s/80s rocker, Rod Stewart. He followed that release with the wavy “L$D (Love x $ex x Dreams)“, where he sang, to great effect, on the majority of the song. Now, with the LP’s release, other surprising turns have been revealed, including the album-closing “Back Home,” featuring Mos Def, Acyde and the late A$AP Yams.
A consistent criticism of Rocky from certain circles has been that he does not sound like a “New York rapper.” Ostensibly, this is directed at his choice, at times, to use a slower flow over Trap beats with chopped and screwed effects. However, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP finds him comfortably embodying multiple facets of Hip-Hop, drawing on sounds from his mixtape days through today to define one that is uniquely his. “Back Home” showcases the side of him that can spit with the most def of them. Check it out.