Artist: A$AP Rocky
Grade: D +
Despite being a mixtape involving collaborations with several different artists, LiveLoveA$AP contains little originality or scope. Hailing from Harlem, A$AP ROCKY, who was a special guest on Drake’s ‘Club Paradise this autumn, released this mixtape following a major bidding war to which he was signed to Polo Grounds, a subdivision of RCA Music, for a staggering $3 million.
It’s an incredible shame that after so much publicity and endorsement that the mixtape itself is a sixteen track exercise in generic profanity-strewn verses, occasionally breaking with monotony by providing occasional slowed-down tracks thanks to help of production wunderkind Clams Casino. The beats remain broken, with bare melody, but occasionally become mildly entertaining, evident in standout track ‘Wassup’. Ultimately, it’s difficult to find the relevance in this production, emerging in a genre filled with heavy weights that A$AP Rocky simply can’t contend with, regardless of how many collaborators he can find.
In a nutshell: Despite boasting a wide selection of new artists, this album shows immediate lack of imagination.