Ap Rocky's Last Time Analysis

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It’s been surprisingly hard starting a review for A$AP Rocky’s newest work, and I’ve been trying out figure out why. AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP isn’t a classic by any means, but it’s still captivating at times, and it’s been a hell of a time trying to capture its essence in a few elementary paragraphs. It’s the very definition of an album greater than its parts, which are diverse and textured. On this album, Rocky moves away from the poppier territory he explored on LONG.LIVE.A$AP and goes after a more definitive mood, and it permeates the whole album. It results in a stunningly individual work from someone who has long been accused by critics of not having that much of a personality. With the glossy, nocturnal beats on AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP, A$AP Rocky tugs hip hop in his own individual direction, and with his emphatic lyrical work and infectious flow, he’s silenced those critics. This is a confident and …show more content…

It’s “L$D” and “Excuse Me”, and after listening, it feels like a firework that has just gone off and shed the rest of the album in its light. To get the vibe of “L$D”, just watch its intoxicating video, set in a haze over Tokyo skylines - Rocky transcends the whole “rapper tries singing” trope and creates something magical. A lazy guitar hook drifts in, but Rocky just keeps building, on both instrumentals and vocals. It’s the sign of a musician who knows how to achieve the feeling they want with their music. “L$D” morphs into increasingly soothing versions of itself, then blows into a wide-open "in love at 4am in the city” anthem. Contrarily, “Excuse Me” is the wake-up call in the morning - a genuinely new and pleasing sample forms the basis for a beat that Rocky just inhabits. “I guess the new me is just gon’ take some getting used to,” he says, and then the track loses itself in nighttime

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