By Itzayana Jimenez |Staff Writer|
A$AP Rocky surprised us all by releasing his highly anticipated sophomore album, “At.Long.Last.A$AP,” which was originally set to be released on June 2.
Rocky, who also goes by Pretty Flacko, has always been very open about his life and drug use.
In a recent interview with The New York Post, he mentioned his recent interaction with LSD, stating, “Makonnen gave me acid at SXSW (South by Southwest)… After that, I went back to my mansion and fucked nine chicks.”
He also mentioned that in his new album. “There’s definitely a psychedelic influence,” said Rocky.
In the ninth track, “Jukebox Joints,” he raps, “I’m tripping off the acid, now yo ass is looking massive.”
“Jukebox Joints,” features Joe Fox and was produced by the one and only Kanye West.
This song brings a hint of soul to the album and has some old school West influence in it.
The production level from this track is what impressed me most.
West helped Rocky take us on his journey in these five and a half minutes with Fox’s soothing hook, the transition between Flacko’s creative verses and West’s verse, and ending with soulful trumpets.
“L$D (LOVE x $EX x DREAMS),” the fourth track on the album, is a relaxed song about love and acid.
The track starts out with an incredible guitar riff that will put you in an instant trance and Rocky singing “I know I dream about her all day I think about her with her clothes off.”
The music video to this song is full of artistic and psychedelic depths.
This track is slightly different for Rocky, it is much more calming compared to the rest of his songs.
“Lord Pretty Flacko Joyde 2,” the seventh track, is the type of song that hypes you up, gives you the energy to get up and start your day
This track is only two minutes long. In my opinion you should put it on repeat and blast it in your car.
Flacko collaborated with many incredible artists for this album, some being: Schoolboy Q, M.I.A., and Rod Stewart.
Fox is featured on five tracks and is the most featured artist in the album.
According to “i-D magazine,” he was a homeless street performer in London who caught Rocky’s attention one night.
Rocky loved what he heard from Fox and invited him to the studio to collaborate with him.
Flacko got creative and experimented more with this project.
According to an interview with Billboard, he felt that since it’s his sophomore album he had more freedom and it didn’t have to be as mainstream as his first one.
Student Katie Hudson said, “A$AP Rock’s new album really takes you places, but it brings you back home.”
As anticipated as this album was not everyone had their expectation, a few of his fans weren’t as impressed with this album though.
Student Tyler Hicks said, “I thought it was kinda slow… wish there was more bangers!”
A$AP Rocky will be playing at multiple festivals this summer, such as Lollapalooza, Squamish Valley, and Austin City Limits.
“At.Long.Last.A$AP” is available to stream in stores, on Spotify for free, or bought on iTunes for $11.99.