LONG.LIVE.A$AP (Bonus Tracks, Explicit)
by A$AP Rocky
Released: Jan 2013
Label: A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records
A$AP Rocky's second album is pure surface, from the amniotic hiss of Clams Casino's cloud rap on "LVL" and trapwave of the title track to the reassuring appearance (at least to skittish radio programmers) of Drake and 2 Chainz on "F*ckin Problems." A self-described "trendy n*gg*," Rocky has a memorably laconic delivery and little of importance to say. No matter, since he's primarily concerned with aesthetics. Long.Live.A$AP has a shallow, dazzling sound that replicates the low compression MP3 gold of Googled mixtape discoveries on a major label budget.