Tyler, The Creator & A$AP Rocky Remind The World They Are GREAT MCs (Video)
Two years ago, Tyler, the Creator released a loosie single/video titled “WHAT THE F*CK RIGHT NOW,” in which the Odd Future co-founder rapped over Kanye West’s “Freestyle 4,” a beat taken from West’s 2016 effort, The Life Of Pablo. Purely recorded for fun, the music video featured fellow rapper birthed out of the late ’90s/early ‘2000s era of Hip-Hop, A$AP Rocky, bouncing around a studio and providing ad-libs for his donut-obsessed friend.
Ever since, Tyler, The Creator and A$AP Rocky (once pitted against each other early in their careers) have flirted with the idea of releasing a joint project together, perhaps sparking further rumors with their two respective bangers: A$AP Mob’s “Telephone Calls” and Tyler, The Creator’s lead Flower Boy single, “Who Dat Boy.” This week, it seems the official project will come to fruition. Heads just don’t know when.
A$AP Rocky and Tyler, The Creator have released a new song titled “Potato Salad,” with an accompanying video shot entirely in Paris, France.
The song showcases Tyler and Rocky spitting straight bars over Monica’s “Knock Knock,” originally produced by Missy Elliott and Kanye West. (An early version of “Knock Knock” exists as Kanye West’s “Apologize”) The duo’s single comes from the newly released AWGE Vol. 3 DVD – a collection of behind-the-scenes visuals created by A$AP Rocky’s creative agency, AWGE. At the end of “Potato Salad,” it’s revealed the duo’s project will be titled WANGSAP and is coming soon.
That “coming soon” might be a white lie, as Tyler, the Creator clarified via Twitter that A$AP Rocky might have jumped the gun on the collaboration’s announcement:
Tyler also revealed that the project will feature more verses that prove Tyler has been sharpening his rapping ability:
Tyler has been “practicing” verses since dropping “WHAT THE F*CK RIGHT NOW,” following with a freestyle over JAY-Z’s “4:44” with “Ziploc,” a freestyle over Jacquees’ “No Validation,” “Gelato,” and the random loosies “OKRA,” “435,” “Bronco,” and his latest collaboration with $ilkMoney, “NAGA.” Given the project is inspired by old Lil Wayne Drought series mixtapes, it’s possible the two rappers will be dropping verses over other people’s songs as an ode to the mid-’00s mixtape wave
Rocky’s still hot off his latest record, Testing, which dropped earlier this year (and is included in AFH’s best-of mid-year list), while Tyler, The Creator still seems to be enjoying a successful post-Flower Boy career. Let’s hope that the newly formed duo will continue to bring out each other’s bests.
#BonusBeat: Tyler, The Creator and A$AP Rocky performing their respective verses from “Telephone Calls,” live at Long Beach Agenda: