Long. Live. ASAP
|Long. Live. ASAP|
|Studio album by ASAP Rocky|
|Released||January 15, 2013|
|ASAP Rocky chronology|
|Singles from Long. Live. ASAP|
Long. Live. ASAP (stylized as LONG.LIVE.A$AP) is the debut studio album by American rapper ASAP Rocky; it was released on January 15, 2013, by ASAP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music, and RCA Records. The album features guest appearances from Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, Drake, Big K.R.I.T., Santigold, OverDoz, Yelawolf, Florence Welch, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Joey Badass, Gunplay, ASAP Ferg and Kendrick Lamar. The album's production was handled by Hit-Boy, ASAP Ty Beats, Soufien3000, Clams Casino, Danger Mouse, Noah "40" Shebib, T-Minus, Skrillex and Emile Haynie, among other high-profile producers.
- 1 Background
- 2 Release and promotion
- 3 Singles
- 4 Critical reception
- 5 Track listing
- 6 Personnel
- 7 Charts and certifications
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
In May 2011, Rocky quit selling drugs and decided to focus on his rap career. When he released a music video for his song "Purple Swag", it garnered Internet buzz and attention from record labels, despite negative feedback from his native hip hop scene in New York. He was courted by several labels, including the RCA-distributed Polo Grounds Music. However, he held off from any deal with a label, instead wanting to explore other pursuits. Rocky and Polo Grounds president Bryan Leach, also a Harlem native, subsequently spent time talking about music and lifestyles.
In August 2011, Rocky following a music video for the song "Peso", which first appeared on Internet blogs and eventually received radio airplay on New York City's Hot 97. The song also earned him respect in the New York scene, of which he later said, "It bring a tear to my eye to see native New York people give me my props because New York is stubborn and arrogant". After a bidding war among labels, Rocky signed a record deal with Polo Grounds and RCA on October 14. It was worth $3 million, with $1.7 million for his solo work and $1.3 million to fund his company ASAP Worldwide. Rocky said that he sought a "bigger platform" for him and his collective with the deal. His first studio album will be planned to be under the deal, but it allowed him to continue releasing mixtapes through RED Distribution.
Recording and production
In an interview with MTV, production group The KickDrums spoke about their collaboration with Rocky and singer Lana Del Rey. They admitted that the collaboration was Fitts' one of their members' idea. Del Rey and his production background, Fitts said:
"...she's a fan of hip-hop, and he's a fan of hers, and the beat managed to just kinda bring them together. That's actually the idea of this whole tape, the genre-bending that we as the KickDrums naturally do, 'cause we grew up with a bunch of different influences, like listening to everything from Nirvana and Pink Floyd, Radiohead to Dr. Dre and Jay Z."
The track, featuring Del Rey was intended for a mixtape release to display KickDrums production, but instead it was cut for Rocky's album, after Sony Music Group and Interscope Records both enjoyed the track. KickDrums respected the decision and agreed to give the track to Rocky for his debut album. Previously, though, the unfinished song had been intentionally leaked online, and KickDrums were alarmed by the impact and attention it had already received. Rocky described Del Rey as his "dream girl", after the two co-starred in Del Rey's music video for "National Anthem", where he plays ex-president, John F. Kennedy. The track however did not make the final tracklist.
The song "1 Train" features an ensemble of young rappers such as Kendrick Lamar, Joey Badass, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Big K.R.I.T.. Rocky has described the song as "I wanted to make a posse cut that felt like an original '90s underground track, and I didn't have to tell anyone what to do." He also said he "took it upon myself to feature all the people who I respect as artists of my generation." He also said his favorite verse is K.R.I.T.'s.
The remix to Rocky's song, "Pretty Flacko", which features Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame and Pharrell Williams, was originally going to be included on the album, however it was removed due to his feud with the producer of the song SpaceGhostPurrp. It would be included for free along with the album preorder on Rocky's official website.
Release and promotion
The album was to be officially released on September 11, but was pushed back to Halloween 2012, then delayed further, to the first quarter of 2013, to put finishing touches on it; copyright holders have stalled to grant permission for the use of particular samples on the album, and Rocky refuses to omit them. With MTV, Rocky said on the topic: "The issue with my album is I got things on it that's so out of this world that it's taking so long to get mastered. That's the issue, and I refuse to take anything off. It's complete. Everything is being mastered and cleared right now...It's just so hard to get things cleared, because you got to find people to clear samples".
On December 3, 2012, while premiering his video for "Fuckin Problems", ASAP announced that his album would be released on January 15, 2013. A music video for the album's title track premiered on MTV on December 23, 2012. To celebrate his album release he performed at The Hole in downtown New York City along with his group ASAP Mob. His iPhone was also stolen at the event.
The album's first single, "Goldie" was released on April 30, 2012, and was produced by Hit-Boy. For the song, Hit-Boy wanted to play off Rocky's laid-back style of rapping, accompanied by intentional vocal distortions, to produce a sound bordering along comatose. Beneath the beat, Hit-Boy added a reverberating chant meant to add a sinister atmosphere to the track. "Goldie" peaked at number 65 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs. Complex named the song at number 30 on a list of the best 50 songs of 2012. On May 3, 2012, the music video was released for "Goldie".
On October 25, 2012, Rocky and Kendrick Lamar premiered the album's second single, "Fuckin' Problems", live on tour in Oakland, California. The song was released on that day to iTunes and also features 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar and Drake. It has since charted on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 8. Billboard labeled the production on the record's second single, "Fuckin' Problems", as a "new scorcher". To produce the beat, Rocky recruited Noah "40" Shebib, who co-produced it along with Drake under the pseudonym C. Papi. On December 3, 2012, the music video was released for "Fuckin' Problems" featuring 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar and Drake.
The track "Wild for the Night" was released as the album's second promotional single on January 11, 2013. The single listed both Skrillex and Birdy Nam Nam as featured guests, although the only guest listed on the album is Skrillex who produced the track along with Birdy Nam Nam and later remixed it with Rocky as LORD FLACKO. On March 26, 2013, the song was officially released to Rhythmic crossover radio as the album's third single. The music video for "Wild For The Night" was released on March 25, 2013, and was shot in the Dominican Republic with Skrillex and featured cameos from the ASAP Mob. The song has since peaked at #82 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The album's fourth single, titled "Fashion Killa" was released on June 17, 2013. On September 23, 2013, the music video for "Fashion Killa" premiered on 106 & Park. In November 2013, "Fashion Killa" was serviced to urban contemporary radio in the Unitied States.
The first promotional single was the album's title track "Long Live ASAP", which also serves as the opening track on the album. It was produced by both Jim Jonsin, Rico Love and co-produced by Finatik N Zac, Frank Romano and Rocky himself as LORD FLACKO, it was released for streaming in December 18, 2012. On December 23, 2012, the music video was released for "Long Live ASAP".
On November 1, 2013, the music video was released for "Angels". On November 12, 2013, the music video was released for "Phoenix", dubed as a short film it was written by Italian actress Asia Argento along with Italian director Francesco Carrozzini, it stars actor Michael K. Williams and model Joan Smalls.
|Los Angeles Times|||
Long. Live. ASAP received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 75, based on 40 reviews. Chris DeVille of The A.V. Club called it "an aesthetic marvel, fully realized and unmistakably distinct." Simon Vozick-Levinson of Rolling Stone wrote that it "ups the ante" musically "without losing what made the [mixtape] compelling." Pitchfork Media's Jayson Greene praised Rocky's "malleability", writing that he "sounds natural in every setting", and called the album "a triumph of craft and curation, preserving Rocky's immaculate taste while smartly upgrading his sound." Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly viewed that Rocky turns "radio-baller clichés ... into contagious comic relief", and Simon Price of The Independent wrote that "Rocky's rhymes are believable when reminiscing about growing up poor. And when he slides into sexism, at least he's funny with it." AllMusic's David Jeffries described him as "rap's Jim Morrison, offering an accessible, attractive, and brutish journey into darkness while remaining true to his spirit." Chris Kelly of Fact commented that he has "an ear for captivating beats whose lyrical shortcomings can be glossed over with healthy servings of charisma and panache." Lucy Jones from NME stated that "Rocky’s debut is full of superb moments and offers a rich tasting menu of unique sounds."
In a mixed review, Slant Magazine's Jesse Cataldo felt that the album still finds Rocky "routinely underplaying material that demands a strong anchoring presence and refusing to push his lyrical focus beyond the usual hackneyed tropes." Alexis Petridis of The Guardian called its music "frequently thrilling", but found the lyrics occasionally "boring". David Amidon of PopMatters found it relatively "safe" compared to other "cloud rap" offerings and stated, "He's still a great talent vocally, but it remains to be seen if he can match his voice with his pen." Andrew Nosnitsky of Spin found Rocky's lyrics superficial and clichéd, writing that "there's no personal narrative or identity here to compensate for the hollowness of his craft." MSN Music's Robert Christgau felt that "the beat hooks" only on "six highly listenable, casually unmatched tracks" and wrote of Rocky, "Skillfully but never dazzlingly, congenially but never charismatically, with entertainment value added by a screwed- and-chopped alter ego, Rocky raps over the music without saying a damn thing older, meaner, and sharper rappers haven't said before."
Long. Live. ASAP was named the seventh best hip hop album of 2013 by Exclaim!. Complex ranked it at number 19 on their list of the 50 best albums of 2013. Pigeons & Planes positioned it at number 25 on their list of the best albums of 2013. Pitchfork Media placed it at number 39 on their list of the 50 best albums of 2013.
The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 139,000 copies in the United States. As of April 17, 2013, the album had sold 312,000 copies in the United States. On April 30, 2015, the total number of copies sold has grown to 518,000 in the United States. On March 16, 2015, after the release, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 500,000 units in the United States.
|1.||"Long Live ASAP"||4:49|
|3.||"PMW (All I Really Need)" (featuring Schoolboy Q)||
|5.||"Hell" (featuring Santigold)||
|6.||"Pain" (featuring OverDoz)||
|7.||"Fuckin' Problems" (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar)||3:53|
|8.||"Wild for the Night" (featuring Skrillex and Birdy Nam Nam)||
|9.||"1 Train" (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Joey Badass, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Big K.R.I.T.)||Hit-Boy||6:12|
|Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)|
|14.||"Ghetto Symphony" (featuring Gunplay and ASAP Ferg)||
|16.||"I Come Apart" (featuring Florence Welch)||3:37|
|Official website pre-order bonus track|
|17.||"Pretty Flacko (Remix)" (featuring Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame and Pharrell)||SpaceGhostPurrp||4:17|
|Japan iTunes bonus track|
|17.||"Purple Swag (Remix)" (featuring Paul Wall, Bun B and Killa Kyleon)||ASAP Ty Beats||4:12|
• (co.) Co-producer
• (add.) Additional production
- The asvpxrocky.com pre-order contains an instant download of a remix of the track "Pretty Flacko" featuring Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame and Pharrell.
- "LVL" features uncredited vocals from American indie rock band Haim.
Charts and certifications
- List of number-one albums of 2013 (Canada)
- List of number-one albums of 2013 (U.S.)
- List of number-one R&B albums of 2013 (U.S.)
- List of number-one rap albums of 2013 (U.S.)
- List of UK R&B Chart number-one albums of 2013
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