10 Things We Learned About A$AP Rocky’s ‘A.L.L.A.’ Album
A$AP Rocky has it all: He’s a style icon and a f-ckin’ rap star.
Sound familiar? Those sentiments are commonly associated with the 26-year-old enigma from the Bronx. In just four short years, he made a culture-shifting entrance into the rap blogosphere, before becoming a household name with the youth—and anyone attempting to keep up with them. We’re looking at you, fashion world.
Dig deeper into Rocky’s new music, though, and you’ll find a tortured soul looking for nothing more than peace of mind and happiness for not only himself, but for the group of guys around him known as the A$AP Mob. With the loss of A$AP Yams, it undoubtedly has been a tough year for the crew, with Rockytaking the death of his best friend exceptionally hard. But as we heard Flacko play new songs from his upcoming A.L.L.A. album (due June 2), his musical progression is fueling his determination to keep things moving in orderly fashion.
On Tuesday evening evening in Manhattan (May 12), VIBE was invited to Red Bull Studios for an exclusive preview of Rocky’s upcoming sophomore album. A$AP Mob’s most visible member personally played ten new songs from the project with brief intros for each track. To give fans a sense of what this album sounds like, we’ve compiled a list of key takeaways from the session.