You’d be forgiven for thinking this week that the only two musicians that exist on planet Earth are Kanye West and Rihanna, with the widespread attention firmly focused on Waves and Anti. Everyone’s favourite Harlem pretty boy, A$AP Rocky, however, has delivered a timely reminder that there are indeed other rappers still living and breathing, and capable of putting out some kick-ass content.
The A$AP Mob frontman has delivered new tracks and a new video in a release that is sure to tide over even the biggest fan of the braided rap star. Rocky has teamed up with production whiz Pharrell for Hear Me, an innovative and refreshing track which brings a unique twist over the beat stylings that Rocky made a staple of his latest album, At.Long.Last.A$AP.
If that wasn’t enough, Rocky and his A$AP Mob counterparts also FINALLY delivered a high quality and non radio rip of the tribute to their beloved friend A$AP Yams, Yamborghini High. Rap legend Juicy J is on hand to deliver another solid feature, on a song which is definitely thrives when not censored for the radio airwaves; it just doesn’t seem right to censor a song which celebrates the lavish lifestyle that the A$AP Mob represents.
Just to ensure that every style is catered to, Flacko has also jumped on a remix with the 6 God himself, Drake, on the Nothing Was The Same track Wu-Tang Forever. The track definitely proved to be one of the most sombre and mellow tracks on the album, and Rocky adds another layer to the brooding piano-laden beat, with the two rap heavyweights displaying a distinct chemistry in their sound.
Now we all know that half of Rocky’s appeal stems from his almost unfair good looks, and it would seem that he is not content to just bestow aural pleasures upon his fans, with the video for JD also surfacing, ensuring that we have another video to gawk and stare at, and to ponder how someone has such perfect skin.
Just kidding. The video is animated. I’m so sorry. If it’s any consolation, the video is an artistic masterpiece, and is yet another example of the ways in which Rocky is eager to push the boundaries of music, fashion and media in general. The video for L$D proved a mind-bending and trippy visual experience, as did Jukebox Joints and this new video proves no exception.
Pretty Flacko will be in town next month, dates below:
Wed Feb 17th: Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Thurs Feb 18th: Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Sun Feb 21st: Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Thurs Feb 25th: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Sun Feb 28th: Metro City, Perth, WA