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5 Things You Need To Know About ASAP Rocky’s ‘A.L.L.A.’ Album

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It’s been over two years since A$AP Rocky dropped his debut album Long. Live. ASAP. Over those two years, it seemed like Rocky was doing everything else rather than releasing music. He dived further into high fashion by posing in DKNY’s Spring 2014 ad campaign and playing football in Times Square with supermodels Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Eliza Cummings. He was featured in Vogue with his then-supermodel girlfriend, Chanel Iman (they have since broken up but remain friends). Famed designer Salvatore Ferragamo reached out to Flacko himself to be a part of his online series A Man’s Story. And he also released a five-part documentary series titled SVDDXNLY.

You can say #FlackoJodyeSeason began in October of last year with the release of “Multiply.” After disowning Hood By Air and Been Trill in the song and providing sleek visuals, A$AP fans began to salivate at the mouth for the Harlem native’s sophomore project. When the late A$AP Yams spoke to XXL in the same month, he explained why dropping “Multiply” then was right on time.

“It was the perfect timing,” Yams said. “A lot of people thought we were out of the playoffs. So we were like, hold up, y’all got us fucked up right now, we just as cold as anybody else. We just had to remind muthafuckas about what time it was. That’s what it comes down to. It’s been a dry-ass year musically. Why not end the year off right?”

He followed that up with “Pretty Flacko Pt. 2″ last December and landed a role in the highly anticipated indie film Dope. But momentum completely stopped after the death of A$AP Yams in the middle of January. He spoke candidly about how his dear friend’s death ate at him and affected his life. For a three month stretch there was no new music from Rocky until he released “M’s” during Red Bull Music Academy lecture in London April. He followed that up with “Everyday” featuring Rod Stewart, Miguel and Mark Ronson.

Now with his album dropping June 2, A$AP Rocky held a private listening party last night (May. 19) at Red Bull Music Studios in New York City. Coming in with a clean polo with A$AP Nast and fellow A$AP Mob members behind him, Flacko rolled through at 10:17 p.m. and apologized for showing up fashionably late. He said he was running behind schedule because he wanted to do his “LSD” video. In the intimate environment he asked all the writers and tastemakers to move in close before he played the LP. “I’m not comfortable playing anything early before it goes out so this is big,” he said. Even though he didn’t play the whole album, RCA reps say there were a good six tracks not played. Needless to say, many things stuck out.

While being served some fancy but very tasty chicken sandwiches and empanadas, XXL took some notes on Rocky’s At.Long.Last.A$AP. Here’s what you need to know.—Emmanuel C.M.

1. Danger Mouse and Joe Fox are all over A.L.L.A.

Danger Mouse produced four out of nine songs played last night (May 19). The beats were all varying styles, some very hazy, others were loud and thumping. A standout record was the intro to At.Long.Last.A$APtitled “Holy Ghost.” The beat sounded like it was straight out of a western film; very ominous but featured loud bass for an extra kick. Rocky makes a ton of religious metaphors and talks about his relationship with God. “Who’s more important than your lord and savior.” Danger Mouse also produced “LSD,” “Westside Highway” featuring James Fauntleroy, “Far Side” featuring Joe Fox and “Electric Body” that features ScHoolboy Q, Rocky’s RCA publicist Theola Borden (yes you read that right) and also Joe Fox again off the LP.

2. A$AP Rocky produced one track on his album

The song was dark and quick, boasting piano keys that Rocky played himself. The track is called “Dreams.”

3. There’s a skit that features James Franco

The skit name is “J.D.” and stands for James Dean. Flacko called himself “the Black James Dean.” He didn’t explain why Franco was featured. At the end of the skit there’s a head-thumping baseline with A$AP Ferg’s adlibs playing in the background.

4. At.Long.Last.A$AP. is very experimental

There’s isn’t anything on the A.L.L.A. like “Goldie,” “Fuckin’ Problems,” “Wild For The Night” and “Fashion Killa” from Rocky’s debut album Long. Live. ASAP. It’s described as an album without a single. Rocky’s continually said at the listening that he wanted to make an album no one expected him to make. “I just want to make some dope shit,” he said. “I’m glad I stand out. I don’t want to sound like anyone else.”

5. “Junkbox” is a banger

The song is produced by Kanye West and it’s the most soulful record on At.Long.Last.A$AP. After playing it, everyone in the room loved it.

At @asvpxrocky's #ALLA album listening. cc: @realsway

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