A$AP Rocky’s latest album At.Long.Last.A$AP is a step forward, embracing Rocky’s future while resisting the urge to create the same old stuff.
On this album, Rocky is taking his older style of smoky, dreamy hip-hop and attempting to blend it with a fresher, cleaner angle which includes singing and an overall softer tone. This is A$AP Rocky leaving his comfort zone and attempting to do something that, for him, is completely new.
The album starts on a strong note with its opener Holy Ghost, a song about the conflict of selling out for success and trying to maintain a clean soul at the same time. This story is told through strong religious themes and imagery. The choir-like instrumental on this song, tied with Rocky’s flow and lyricism, make for a great track that sets the reflective tone of the rest of the album. The third single of the album L$D is unlike the singles from Rocky’s previous album Long.Live.A$AP. It is not a banger for the clubs, nor does it have a faster pace or a catchy hook. It is a toned down trek through a psychedelic escapade fuelled by the songs namesake. The song loses a lot of what makes Rocky great, and trades for a hazy interlude track that fades into the background.
Rocky’s previous releases have been strong singles that please a wider audience, hits such as Goldie and F***** Problems. On this album, there is an absence of that. We see songs made by a different Rocky, who is prepared to show a more reflective and vulnerable side of himself. – Jack Mitchell
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