A$AP Rocky’s critically-acclaimed LP Long.Live.A$AP boasted the original single, which served as an introduction to the Harlemite who grew up around violence and drug-trafficking. In the song, he had no shame in detailing his childhood and his own hustle before the fame — much of which consisted of selling drugs as a teenager. He even mentions how he had dealers under him who he refers to as his “angels.”
Without changing the lyrics, the now father-of-one speaks on how he started a lot of what we see in Hip-Hop today — as far as rappers wearing “rips in their jeans,” and “mobbin” with the crew.
He raps: “Ni**as Got Rips In They Jeans, Man, I Started That/ Hood By Air, Man, I Started That/ Ni**as Claim They The God Of Black/ Well Your Name Is Purple, I’m The God Of That/ Gave You My Back, Ni**a, Pardon That/ F**k That Sh*t, I Brought Mobbin’ Back.”
The AWGE-directed visual travels through the streets of New York as bikers pop wheelies, to Rocky and a young lady riding around the “City of Angels” in a vintage Mercedes Benz convertible.
Long.Live.A$AP went double-Platinum following its No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart.
Check out A$AP Rocky’s “Angels Pt. 2” visual above.