A$AP Rocky’s Diddy Collabo Heats Up The Summer, Harlem Style (Audio)

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Yesterday (May 25) was a heavy release day for Hip-Hop. Pusha-T dropped an album entirely produced by Kanye West, Drake released what is perhaps the most vicious in a career full of verbal jabs to peers, and Harlem’s A$AP Rocky released his third studio album, Testing. Aptly named after the concept of “testing new sounds,” the album features guest appearances from Frank Ocean, Juicy J, Skepta, Lauryn Hill, and none other than Harlem’s own, Puff Daddy.

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Rocky and Diddy’s song, “Tony Tone,” is a Testing highlight. The song’s sluggish momentum is heavily brass-oriented and banging, sampling The Roger Webb Sound’s “Man Inside,” and taking lyric cues from Salt-N-Pepa’s “My Mike Sounds Nice.” Rocky naturally flexes on the track and dodges his critics, while Diddy backs up Rocky with his own ad-libs and hype-man tendencies. Rocky’s second verse brags about artistry, inside and outside of rapping, and gives a nod to his late mentor, A$AP Yams: “F*ck around and Willy come through in the Merc’ on ya / Who else you know design ya stage and do your merch’ over / And if it’s lame do your verse over / I changed the game like I’m Kurt Warner / I run the game, like I’m Time Warner / This ain’t no Teen Choice Awards, I’m slide on ya’ / And make your home for mama’s fried roasting /  And lean and beans, tomatoes, potatoes / And keys and grams, just me and Yams.

Rocky (as Lord Flacko) co-produced the song with Hector Delgado and Australian duo, FNZ. Two of Harlem’s finest drop some East Coast heat just before summer begins. Let’s hope this isn’t the last time we hear the two together in the booth.

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In addition to new music from A$AP Rocky, the playlist features recent music from King Push’, Nas, Dave East, Royce 5’9, Dr. Octagon, Phonte, J. Cole, Drake, Logic, Kendrick Lamar, Black Milk, Eminem, Lute, Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Statik Selektah, Brent Faiyaz, Freddie Gibbs, CyHi The Prynce, Saba, Scarface, Rapsody, Sylvan LaCue, Evidence, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Big K.R.I.T., Nipsey Hussle, and a host of others.

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