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At. Long. Last. A$AP. Album Review

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This past week we saw the release of A$AP Rocky’s sophomore studio album, At. Long. Last. A$AP. The LP is the sequel to Rocky’s debut chart-topping album Long. Live. A$AP. and has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. Also, the album comes only a couple months after A$AP Rocky’s close friend and fellow rapper A$AP Yams’ sudden death due to an accidental overdose. You can hear in the album how Yams’ death has greatly effected Rocky, not only personally, but musically as well. I personally loved the album for the most part. While I listened to the album, a few songs gave me vibes of songs I could imagine in the soundtracks of movies like American Gangster and such. So many of the songs gave you a mental picture, which is a true art if a musician can make the listener feel and imagine different things and images.
So lets dissect the album a bit. At. Long. Last. A$AP. is filled with a diverse style of songs and it obvious that A$AP Rocky is not afraid to try different styles, beats, and sounds. Some songs have a harder beat; we all know those songs that just make us wanna get in the car turn the radio all the way up and just ride around. Other songs give more of an old school rock and roll feel, while others are more modern. The album flows really well, but I will say that the middle of the album is not as strong as the first and last few songs. Its not that the songs are bad, but they are weak compared to some of the stronger songs of the album. I really liked that he also had a variety of featured artists like the legendary Mos Def, to M.I.A, Kanye West and of course A$AP Yams. A$AP Rocky’s growth is apparent as he is more lyrical and his flow is impeccable. Furthermore, it seems like it just comes to him with ease. I will say that I was not fond of A$AP’s diss of Rita Ora in the song “Better Things,” as it just seemed like an unnecessary low blow. Lastly, the final song of the album ends with a verse by A$AP Yams, and it was a nice way for Rocky to complete the album and pay homage to his friend. Overall, this album didn’t disappoint, and it is expected to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, which is a clear indicator that Rocky was not a victim of the sophomore slump.

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