Album review: Long.Live.A$AP - A$AP Rocky

JAMES BELFIELD
Last updated 05:00 06/02/2013
Long.Live.A$AP - A$ap Rocky
Long.Live.A$AP - A$ap Rocky

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LONG.LIVE.A$AP
A$ap Rocky
(Sony)

Heck, New York needs a rap-king.

One whose bombast is best buried beneath outright skill and ... Skrillex(!?!).

The Californian electro-dubstep wizard is one of the surprise appearances on the much awaited debut from Harlem 24-year-old A$ap Rocky (aka Rakim Mayers), whose mixtape LiveLoveA$AP last year prompted a $3million contract with RCA and a killer weight of expectation.

With his A$ap Mob collection of young pretenders to the US hip-hop crown, this smooth-rolling full-lengther has a surprising mix of interesting guests including Kendrick Lamaar, Schoolboy Q and Florence Welch (as well as the obligatory Drake) to ensure a mixtape of club tracks and chart hits - as well as proof positive that growing up in New York now gives a rapper a global perspective rather than that once-murderous east-v-west coast obsession.

Not sure which king is dead, but long live this new regent.

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