When Harlem, N.Y. crosses a hip-hop fan's mind, one of the neighborhood's most noticeable traits to stick out is its style. And being stylish is one of the most indelible characteristics that its native son, A$AP Rocky, possesses.
Rocky is one of the latest superstars in a lineage of flashy rappers from the uptown section of Manhattan that have captivated the rap world. The lanky, braided-up artist is kind of a big deal. He quickly made the leap from aspiring rapper to one of the brightest young stars in hip-hop in what seemed like the blink of an eye. He's done what many hopefuls from the five boroughs have tried to achieve — but fell short of — and that is garner mainstream recognition, which Rocky definitely has plenty of.
With two solo studio albums under his belt -- Long.Live.A$AP and At.Long.Last.A$AP -- and a string of hit singles in his rearview, the "Fuckin' Problems" rapper is currently one of the biggest rap stars on the planet, but the hunger for more remains, which makes his next album an important one in his career.
Having showcased his ability to make hit records and genre-bending songs alike, from "Everyday" featuring Rod Stewart, Miguel and Mark Ronson to "Wild for the Night" with Skrillex and Birdy Nam Nam, Pretty Flocko has received critical acclaim and plenty of fanfare, but is still in the process of defining himself as an artist. His sophomore LP, At.Long.Last.A$AP, found him truly putting more of what makes the man behind the shades and designer clothes tick into his music.
However, whether A$AP Rocky plans to make yet another creative leap or decides to stick to the script, what we do know is that his third album is one of the most anticipated of 2017, with a lot of buzz around it. We've compiled a list of every tidbit we could find regarding A$AP Rocky's forthcoming album and all that the fans can expect and should look out for.
Jim Jonsin Is Producing Some Material
Producer Jim Jonsin, who previously produced "L$D" from A$AP Rocky's At.Long.Last.A$AP album, is slated to contribute tracks to the Harlem rep's new LP. The Rebel Rock beatsmith alluded to himself and Rocky collaborating again in September of 2016 with a post to his Instagram account.
"@asaprocky album #3 Thankful for the great @lennykravitz stopping by... Stay Tuned," Jonsin wrote under one of the photos he shared.
"Amazing week of writing and recording in LA, Till next time......," he wrote on another, making it clear that the two have been cooking up in anticipation of Rocky's next release.
Lenny Kravitz Came to a Studio Session
After appearing alongside Zoe Kravitz in the film Dope, A$AP Rocky decided to get the bombshell's famous father in the studio with him.
"L.A. Westlake Studios. After my session checking out @asaprocky's new tracks," Kravitz wrote in the caption of an Instagram photo of himself and A$AP Rocky.
While it's unclear what Kravitz's actual role in the making of the album will be and if he will actually appear on the project as a featured artist, seeing the musical legend and one of rap's brightest stars teaming up should only create more anticipation for Rocky's next offering.
The Album Will Show He's Leveling Up on the Competition
Heading into the recording of his forthcoming album, A$AP Rocky has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. He shared his thoughts on the whispers that he may be "overrated" in a tweet on his Twitter account in December of last year.
"ASAP ROCKY OVERRATED ? HOW SWAY? NIGGA I PUT OUT A ALBUM ONCE EVERY 2 YEARS , I SEE I GOTTA LEVEL UP ON NIGGAS ONCE AGAIN 4 2017, SAY LESS," he wrote.
“I think they running out of rappers to compare me with/Ain’t a bitch out bad enough to pair me with/Usually only fuck with niggas that you hear with me/My jewelry dance like rubies skipping on canary bricks/On some donkey shit, nigga I bought me this/Shooters love me from Canal up to 40th,” he rhymes over the slow-moving beat.
A$AP Rocky sounds like he's out to prove a point and separate himself from the pack with his highly anticipated third studio album.
Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert and Playboi Carti Will Appear on a Song
With a list of monster posse cuts already on his resume, A$AP Rocky looks to continue that trend on his new album, enlisting a few of rap's hottest young stars to join him on a track that could end up being one of the biggest singles of the year.
The track, which appears to be titled “Please Don’t Touch My Raf,” has the potential to be one of the more popular songs on Rocky's new album.
Tyler, the Creator Collabo May Be on the Final Tracklist
One of the rappers that A$AP Rocky has found a kindred spirit in is Tyler, The Creator, with the two becoming the 2017 rap version of Elvis and Costello. After releasing records and combining forces to put on buzzworthy music festivals for the people, it looks like Rocky and Tyler still have plenty in the tank for the public, which fans may get to hear once the A$AP Mob leader's new album hits the streets.
“That’s my brother," Rocky said of Tyler in a 2016 interview. "Yeah, we had to [compete] because I bring a certain energy out of Tyler. Tell me if you’ve ever heard Tyler, the Creator rap like that in your life. Wait until you hear new shit we’ve got coming.”
Rocky's Been Working on the Album for at Least Six Months
Reports of A$AP Rocky beginning the recording process for his new album first surfaced on Sept. 20, 2016, when the style icon was seen in a few flicks Jim Jonsin posted of him in the studio.
The images of him working in the studio, which came more than a year after the release of his sophomore album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, instantly got fans clamoring for his third solo studio album. The session looked to be the first signs of life from Rocky in a while on the musical tip as a soloist.