MusicJanuary 17, 2013 at 5:50 am

A$AP Rocky — “Long.Live.A$AP”

Featuring everyone from Skrillex to Santigold, A$AP Rocky’s major-label debut is an indulgent sampling experimentation. The 12-track mixtape begins with the eponymous track, “Long Live A$AP,” which serves as the perfect introduction to the whirlwind of hip-hop that follows.

Only the French-braided, gold-toothed rapper could combine distinctive hip-hop beats and exhaustive rapping with screaming dubstep lasers as  flawlessly as he does in “Wild for the Night.” Debatably the best track in “LongLiveA$AP,” “Fuckin Problems” features A$AP’s admirable peers 2 Chainz, Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Through a varied tracklist, A$AP Rocky’s debut proves that he’s here to stay, or as he would say, LongLiveA$AP.

Grade: B+

Sounds best when:
Longing to feel like a boss

99-cent download:
“Fuckin Problems”

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