Palace By ASAP Rocky
Well, as I warned in this old post, ASAP Rocky has arrived and is as polarizing as ever. Rumor has it he just signed a deal with 3 million bucks to Sony/RCA. While that’s both highly unbelievable and amazing, it would impressive if he signed a deal for half a mill in this climate. Especially considering he’s had like 8 songs in existence prior to said signing.
Like most things on the internet, people are taking sides and everything is black and white (or BLVCK and white , if you’re team ASAP).
Well, allow me to be the middle man here. I enjoy Rocky’s music. I don’t think he’s reinventing the wheel and I don’t think he’s the super mc that really deserves both the praise and scrutiny he’s been getting. The bottom line, to me, is that he makes music that’s cool to listen to. (For future reference to all my young , passionate readers, you’re allowed to kinda like something sometimes. Not everything is the worst or the best. sometimes it’s just “kinda cool”.)
His new album “LongliveA$AP” dropped earlier this week and it’s got some great songs on it. If you’re looking for lyrical miracles and deep soul shaking lyrics, this is not the album for you. If you’re looking for some music that has a very particular mood to it, conducive to chilling, drinking, smoking and feeling nice, then this will be your shit.
This song, in particular, is a good example of what can happen when Rocky and Producer Clams Casino join forces. Clams has somehow successfully captured the vibe if Enya in rap beats without sounding like he’s putting me to sleep. It’s hard to explain but whatever he’s doing, is pretty fucking dope, in my opinion. It’s like new age rap without the crystals and lame philosophy…just the mood.
Anyway, peep this and then go download the whole album if you like it. To show you all his songs aren’t in such a dream state, here’s an example of something more conventional from his album: