Long. Live. A$ap [Deluxe Edition]

Long. Live. A$ap [Deluxe Edition]

by A$AP RockyA$AP Rocky

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While his lyrics are thug-informed and filled with a snotty swagger, rapper A$AP Rocky cloaked himself in the crackle and reverb of witch house, and then connected the dots to hip-hop's druggy past, offering chopped (cut-up) and screwed (slowed-down) hooks that recalled the hypnotic world of DJ Screw, Three 6 Mafia, and Swishahouse. Mixtapes and the Internet were his platforms, while goth and Masonic designs were his imagery, and then somehow, some way, this polar opposite to what was poppin' in 2012 wound up in a Lana Del Rey video, performing next to Rihanna at the MTV Video Music Awards, starring in an EA Sports video games commercial, and on the RCA label with a three-million dollar contract. The reason is, he can create a batch of tracks as solid and addictive as the ones found on Long.Live.A$AP, his official debut album, which lands as a more ambitious, more polished alternative to his 2011 mixtape Live Love A$AP. Here, the album rolls out with the fan-tested title track and the near-perfect "Goldie," a calling-card single with all the wooziness, hypnosis, ambitiousness, and pimp talk ("Cause my chain came from Cuba, got a lock up on the link/And them red bottom loafers just to complement the mink") at proper levels. Later, the magic of "Goldie" will be punched up and reborn as an A$AP track that can welcome Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar ("F**kin' Problems"), while Skrillex and Birdy Nam Nam bring dubstep and techno bleeping into the picture with ease ("Wild for the Night"); then there's "1 Train," where Kendrick, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, and Big K.R.I.T. help reclaim the posse cut for the dark side. With all the major-label-flavored bits tasting delicious, this debut goes the extra mile, anchoring it all with rich album cuts like "LVL," where Clams Casino coats A$AP in a beautiful nightmare. It's the closing "Suddenly" that seals the deal, coming off as haunted hip-hop jazz musically, but lyrically, the rapper is at his least abstract here, "thuggin' like Eazy-E in his prime," kicking "conscious rap" to the curb, and dropping some Master P quotes to prove he's "'bout it, 'bout it." In the end, A$AP Rocky comes off as rap's Jim Morrison, offering an accessible, attractive, and brutish journey into darkness while remaining true to his spirit. Same danger, same swagger, same dynamic tension, and the same bust-a-nut/blow-your-mind duality, so think of the Lizard King as a No Limit soldier and you are just about there. [A Deluxe Version added four bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/15/2013
Label: Rca
UPC: 0887654369628
catalogNumber: 543696
Rank: 64955

Album Credits

Performance Credits

A$AP Rocky   Primary Artist
Eddie Montilla   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Zac   Keyboards
Danger Mouse   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Drums
Jim Jonsin   Keyboards
Alwyn Wright   Strings
Michael Chen   Violin
Kathleen Sloan   Strings
Phillip Peterson   Strings
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Strings
Mike Whitson   Strings
Finatik   Keyboards
Laura Jane Lowther   Background Vocals
Kyauna Clarke   Background Vocals
HAIM   Background Vocals
Hector Delgado   scratching

Technical Credits

Eddie Montilla   Composer
Jonathan Williams   Composer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer
James Scheffer   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Imogen Heap   Composer
Bryan Leach   Executive Producer
Amanda Ghost   Composer,Producer
Andy Haller   Engineer
Curtis Williams   Composer
Zac   Producer
Danger Mouse   Producer,String Arrangements
Santi White   Composer
Jim Jonsin   Programming,Producer
John Stephens   Composer
Brian Burton   Composer
Rico Love   Composer,Producer
Geno Sims   Executive Producer,Management
Birdy Nam Nam   Engineer
Sonny Moore   Composer
Mickael "Lil Mike" Dalmoro   Composer
Hit Boy   Producer
Denis "Need" Lebouvier   Composer
Florence + the Machine   Composer
Finis "KY" White   Engineer
Todd Monfalcone   Engineer
Emile Haynie   Composer,Producer
Allan Sigsworth   Composer
Noah Shebib   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Aubrey "Drake" Graham   Composer
Nikolas Marzouca   Engineer
Radric Davis   Composer
Kennie Takahashi   Engineer
Frank Romano   Composer,Producer
T-Minus   Producer
Skrillex   Producer,Remixing
Daniel Lynas   Engineer
Michael Atha   Composer
Juaquin Malphurs   Composer
Tivon "V.Don" Key   Composer
Tyler Williams   Composer
Peter Chill   Composer
Terius Nash   Composer
Derek "MixedByAli" Ali   Engineer
Clams Casino   Producer
Justin Scott   Composer
Michael Mule   Composer
Kendrick Lamar   Composer
V-Don   Producer
A$AP Rocky   Executive Producer
Friendzone   Producer
Chauncey Hollis   Composer
Julien Pradeyrol   Composer
Michael Volpe   Composer
Finatik   Programming,Producer
Mark Bengston   Engineer
Nikhil Seetharam   Composer,Producer
Tauheed Epps   Composer
Nicolas Vadon   Composer
Isaac de Boni   Composer
Quincy Hanley   Composer
Rakim Mayers   Composer
OverDoz.   Composer
Soufien Rhouat   Composer
Richard Morales   Composer
Markese Rolle   Composer
Laura Jane Lowther   Composer
Jo-Vaugn Scott   Composer
James Laurence   Composer
Dylan Reznick   Composer
Darold Ferguson   Composer
Daniel Sewell   Composer
Assala Nasri   Composer
Arian Asllani   Composer
Chace Johnson   Executive Producer,Management
Ariyan Arslani   Composer
Naser   Composer
A$AP Ty   Producer
Yaacoub Al Khobeisi   Composer
Tyshaun Holloway   Composer
Thomas Parent   Composer
Steven "A$AP Yams" Rodriguez   Executive Producer
Soufien 3000   Producer
Flacko   Producer,Remixing
Jo-Vaughn Virginie   Composer
Jess "Joon" Willard   Composer
Jack "Sutherfolk" Brown   Engineer
Solomon Davis   Composer
S. "Static" Garrett   Composer
Jonathan "MP" Williams   Composer,Additional Production
Joey Fatts   Composer,Producer
Amsterdam   Producer
C. Papi   Producer
Clarence Connor   Composer
Dayquan Davis   Composer
Tim Sorace   Engineer
Joe Perez   Art Direction
Stephen Garrett   Composer
Hector Delgado   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Khalid Muhammed   Composer

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