Singer-songwriter Sam Smith went from being just another ordinary English boy to a worldwide sensation thanks to his pipes and honest, confessional lyrics. The same could be said about ASAP Rocky, who went from standing on the block in Harlem to being one of the most distinct rappers in the world today. So it’s not that farfetched that Rocky would jump on Smith’s “I’m Not the Only One” to deliver two stellar and equally heartfelt verses. Check out the track below.
Hot off her collaborations with emcees Schoolboy Q (for the chart-topping single “2 On”) and Travis Scott (for the track “Vulnerable”) R&B songstress Tinashe returns to the fold with ASAP Rocky for the second single off her forthcoming debut album Aquarius, entitled “Pretend”. Check out the fresh single after the jump.
PeeWee Longway, one of the rising trap artists out of Atlanta, drops off his latest project, The Blue M&M. The tape features appearances from Young Thug, Migos, & A$AP Rocky, with production coming from the likes of Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Metro Boomin, Zaytoven, Dun Deal, & KE On The Track.
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2 Chainz releases his five-track FreeBase EP, which includes guest spots from A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, and Lil Boosie as well as some strong production from the likes of Mike WiLL, Metro Boomin, Young Chop, & 808 Mafia.
During the A$AP Mob’s set at Coachella, Rocky decides to take the opportunity to debut some new music (32 minute mark). This sounds hard.
Meek hits the studio and goes in over A$AP Rocky’s “Ghetto Symphony” instrumental in a freestyle entitled “Dreams Worth More Than Money,” which is the title of the Philly spitter’s upcoming sophomore LP. Maybe get Meek a V-Don beat for the album because he sounds particularly ferocious over this.
A$AP Rocky gives us the official visual for “Riot Rave,” the first release from his upcoming instrumental project, Beauty And The Beast: Slowed Down Sessions Chapter 1.
Music and fashion walk hand in hand in pop culture, so it’s no surprise that fashion has influenced some of our favorite hip hop tracks. From sportswear lines like adidas to high-end couture like Versace, rappers are naming the brands they love, and sometimes even getting endorsement deals along the way. Here are 15 hip hop videos that celebrate love of fashion.
Rocky and the crew throw on their Jason masks and hit the streets in the visual for “Angels” off Long.Live.A$AP. Directed by Luke Monaghan and Lord Flacko himself.
In 1938, Alex Steinweiss, an art director for Columbia Records invented the concept of album cover art, making way for epic images that continuously influence pop culture. It’s different now that most listeners stream and download music, which has ignited a market for unique album artwork to differentiate one project from the next. Also, design software is much more accessible and apps like instagram are extremely popular. That accessibility has given artists a bevy of new media to expand greatly the idea of album covers. Artists can create several album covers with a mouse click, and with a simple QR code make them interactive, or create a vine video that gives the viewer a short film in lieu of a traditional static album cover.
So it’s no shock that this year is has delivered dope album covers.
Here is my list of 2013’s Five Best Hip Hop Album Covers, based on: visual aesthetic, concept in relation to album name and theme, and creative execution.