A$ap rocky releases a. L. L. A. A week early: here are your 5 must-hear tracks
A$AP Rocky fans had been getting impatient, waiting for his second major label LP to drop, and apparently Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye couldn’t wait, either At.Long.Last.A$AP was scheduled for a June 2 release, but on Tuesday (May 26), Rocky decided to give us the album a week early.
OFFICIAL ALBUM RELASE IN STORES AND ONLINE @ MIDNIGHT TONIGHT , THANX FOR LISTENING , HOPE YALH ENJOYED . BLESS …. A$VP X LIFE X RIP YAMS
— LORD FLACKO JODYE II (@asvpxrocky) May 26, 2015
Now, we must admit, this threw off our listening schedule slightly. We were all set to take time off next week to give A.L.L.A. all the spins it deserves, so now we’re on to Plan B: The Quick Listen.
On first spin, the new LP sounds like the Rocky album we’ve been waiting for. It’s trippy, melodic and moody, with beats and lyrics that create a chill vibe. We haven’t made an official judgement on the LP, but here are the five tracks from At.Long.Last.A$AP that you have to hear right away.
1. “Jukebox Joints” featuring Kanye West
Kanye and Rocky trading bars over a soulful loop is the collaboration you need.
2. “Back Home” featuring Mos Def, A-Cyde and A$AP Yams
Rocky hooks up with Mos Def a.k.a. Yasiin Bey a.k.a. the original Pretty Flacko, and we love every minute of it. At the end of the track, A$AP Yams jumps on to deliver a posthumous message to close the LP. “We from Harlem, we gave y’all motherf–kers this wave,” he boasts. #RIPYAMS
3. “M’$” featuring Lil Wayne
Another standout verse from Weezy. Tha Carter V needs to be here soon.
4. “Better Things”
This is the track everyone is talking about today. After mulling over the numerous trysts, Rocky shoots a vile diss directly towards Rita Ora in the second verse. Ouch.
5. “Max B” featuring Joe Fox
We’re here for any track that pays homage to Biggaveli’s influence, plus the Run-D.M.C. “Peter Piper” drum sample is an added bonus.