“Tell ’em quit the b*tchin’, we gon make it in a second…” Man…the memories that I recieve from this tape are epic. I can honestly say that this mixtape alone sends me back to my teenage years. I was introduced to Rocky around the release of this Live.Love.A$AP. I saw the video that Rocky released for “Purple Swag” a few months earlier, in early July of 2011 to be exact, but I haven’t heard any of his other music until the official release of Live.Love.A$AP.
For those of you who don’t know who A$AP Rocky is, he’s that pretty mother f*cker. Seriously though, he’s a Harlem based rapper with an adopted Texas rapper tone. Rocky has a bit of a Bone Thugs ‘N’ Harmony flow, but reflects the chopped and screwed sounds of the “durty south.” Mixing the three styles, created Rocky’s trill sound as we know it today. Rocky’s influences include UGK, Slim Thug, Mike Jones and Paul Wall, whom are all dirty south rappers. With the familiar reflected lyrics indicating lean or “the purple drank,” there is no doubt that many of Rocky’s musical influences are from Houston, Texas. “Purple drank” is referring to the recreational use of promethazine, codeine, jolly ranchers and sprite, which originated in Houston, Texas, otherwise known as “dirty sprite.”
A$AP Rocky gives his fans a taste of the coasts. He usually incorporates the south into his music but at times, he mixes things up a bit. Rocky blends his original sound with West Coast features such as Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, which changes his sound and gives it a bit of that West Coast feel, which makes Rocky very versatile.I love that Rocky continues to maintain his New York origin while appealing to other regions across the globe.
Live Love A$AP was released on Oct. 31 2011. What better way to spend Halloween, right? After giving it a listen, I fell in love with every single track on this tape. From “Palace” (produced by Clams Casino) with an amazing airy layout and super bass in the background, all the way to his “Out of This World” track (produced by The Olympicks). I listened to this tape straight through every single day for months and each time felt like the first all over again. I still listen to it to this day. Actually, I’m listening to it right now.
Live.Love.A$AP had some dope features on it, including artists like ScHoolboy Q, Spaceghost Purp, A$AP Ferg, Main Attrakionz, A$AP Nast, A$AP Twelvy, Fat Tony and Chance Infinite. Rocky had that dopest beat selection as well, with productions by A$AP Ty Beats, Clams Casino, Lyle LeDuff, Soufein3000, Beautiful Lou, Spaceghost Purp, The Olympicks and DJ Burn One. Each collaboration complimented Rocky’s flow with chopped and screwed production samples, dazed low tempo soundscapes and space for his inifinite flow switching. Everyone that played a role in organizing this tape, did an amazing job on putting it together, from the artists to the mixers and producers.
Live Love A$AP was the beginning of the A$AP take over. I can honestly say that with this tape, I became a genuine fan of not only A$AP Rocky, but the entire A$AP Mob. This mixtape secured the fact that I can expect nothing less of greatness from Rocky along with the whole A$AP Mob. Being one of his first major projects, it was guaranteed that Rocky’s work would only get better with time.
Up to this day, I continue to appreciate the Live.Love.A$AP tape, and Rocky himself, for releasing such an amazing project. I will forever look forward to anything A$AP Mob has to be released. Even though it is hard to choose a favorite track off of this mixtape, I’d have to go with “Keep it G,” “Get Lit,” “Brand New Guys,” or “Trilla.” It’s honestly hard for me to choose just one, but I feel like I’m traveling through time whenever I hear any of these tracks. Huge SHOUTOUT TO A$AP MOB.
Long Live A$AP Yams.