A little over 2 years after the release of his debut LIVE.LOVE.A$AP, A$AP Mob member A$AP Rocky is now delivering his sophomore full-length album. The opener “Holy Ghost” insightfully talks about institutionalized religion over a psychedelic rock instrumental from Danger Mouse & DJ Khalil while the next song “Canal St.” talks about his hustle game over cloudy beat. The track “Fine Whine” with Future talks about lean over a spacey beat while the song “L$D” gets sexual psychedelic R&B tune about the titular drug & having sex.
The track “Excuse Me” talks about how he ain’t got nothing left to lose over the instrumental of Vulkan the Krusader’s “V I Z Z E R” & the song “JD” while short charismatically pays tribute to the late iconic 1950’s actor James Dean over a bass-heavy trap beat. The track “L.P.F.J. 2 (Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2)” is a “Pretty Flacko” sequel with some eerie synthesizers & booming bass while the song “Electric Body” with ScHoolboy Q is a fun club anthem. The track “Jukebox Joints” talks about insecurities of his fame & the Kanye West instrumental takes me back to his College Dropout days, but the Ye verse at the tail-end doesn’t hold up to the 3 verses Rocky laid out prior.
The track “Max B” is a tribute to the titular ByrdGang member over a knocking instrumental while the song “Pharsyde” reflects on growing up in Harlem over a murky Danger Mouse beat. The track “Wavybone” with Juicy J & UGK talks about getting that paper over laidback instrumental & the song “West Side Highway” touches down on his fame over a trippy beat from Danger Mouse.
The track “Better Things” vents about his past relationship issues over an airy trap beat while the song “M’$” gets braggadocious over a menacing instrumental from Honorable C.N.O.T.E. & Mike Dean. Also, I love how Rocky incorporated Lil Wayne on the final version of this joint. The track “Dreams” expressing his hopes for unity over a gloomy beat while the song “Everyday” gets spiritual over an ambitious beats, but then the content & the instrumental then cleverly switch up into a more party tone. The closer “Back Home” pays tribute to the Mob’s fallen leader A$AP Yams (who passed away earlier this year) over an eerie RZA-like instrumental & Yasiin Bey is short, he definitely goes just as hard as Rocky.
Overall, this is just as solid as the last album. The production is more psychedelic & Rocky’s charisma is stronger than ever