A$AP Rocky. Flacko. Pretty Mothaf$$$$$. The Margiela Madman himself has finally released his 3rd studio album “TESTING” on May 25th. After much anticipation of the release, ASAP has mentioned several times about how he wanted the sounds within his albums to be unique and unheard of in the industry which is why this album took so long. The album name originated from the concept of “testing out new sounds” and not following the generic beats of todays hip hop songs. With artists such as Frank Ocean, Kodak Black, Skepta, Playboi Carti, and more featuring on his album, he had his mind set on making his sound visions come to life. With ASAP Rocky being one of the biggest influences at DRIA, we decided to give you the ultimate breakdown of his new album.
1. DISTORTED RECORDS
Static sounds infused with a strange beat focus. Rocky talks about his standing in the rap industry. This opening track previews and is the perfect example of what is to come in the rest of the album. Different. Tectonic. Grunge. Trill.
2. A$AP FOREVER
If you haven’t noticed, this track that made it into the album is the remix. It features T.I., Kid Cudi, & Moby. A montage to Rocky and the A$AP mob started off the track by T.I., then goes into the original verse from the first version. This song is very lyrical and showcases Rocky’s written word abilities. The main focus is the message that he’s trying to portray which is definitely what the listeners are getting.
3. TONY TONE
This track features New York’s OG and very own Puff Daddy. The vibe is very slow hip hop/rap with a lot of background ad-libs from P.Diddy. It’s good, but feels like it’s missing that A$AP Spice.
4. FUKK SLEEP
Chill hype is how we’d describe it. The bass in the song absolutely solidifies the vibe. The change in sound throughout the song takes you on a trip. A$AP’s soothing voice and the contrast of the lyrics makes it very captivating. FKA Twigs also features on the track doing high pitched background vocals adding a bit of femininity to the song but it doesn’t take away from the main focus of the track.
5. PRAISE THE LORD ft. SKEPTA
The most popular track of the album, it’s everyones favourite and we don’t blame them. It’s mix of classic “Goldie” era A$AP Rocky and modern rap trend. This song showcases Rocky’s fly-ness and jiggyness perfectly. Skepta complimented ASAP’s style. He’s different enough but perfect for this track’s vibe. The lyrics focuses on how dominate ASAP is and how he doesn’t need no confirmation. Hence why he’s the trillest of them all.
6. CALLDROPS ft. KODAK BLACK
The definition of psychedelic, LSD trip. A very short track but very hypnotic. A dialogue between ASAP and Kodak at what seems to be a correctional institution. Very nirvana. Different, but in a good way. Definitely not a song we’d heard before.
7. BUCK SHOTS
The upbeat, modern-classic rap track. Not super mainstream, but mainstream enough to have Playboi Carti input his trap-touch. The lyrics aren’t out of the blue, but the use of different pitches within the songs makes it ASAP Approved.
8. GUNZ N BUTTER ft. JUICY J
Looks like Rocky tapped into his rhyming skills in this track. Juicy J on this track brought in his deep-ass classic voice to add a flare of big-man, hood vibes. Pretty good, Juicy & ASAP.
9. BROTHA MAN ft. FRENCH MONTANA
Having Frank Ocean & Snoop Dogg on 1 track is very refreshingly different. It’s a bit confusing as to why French Montana was the only featured artist in the song title when his voice wasn’t very audible or noticeable. This song mainly just focuses on the importance of brother hood and friendship. Not very common but we can tell how important family is to the A$AP Mob.
10. OG BEEPER ft. BLOCKBOY JB
Shoot. That’s all we could think of during this song. Of course wherever BlocBoy goes, the “shoot” beat goes with him. Catchy. Can easily climb up to the charts. Quick question, did anyone else think of 6ix9ine in A$AP’s verse “Sneaking, uh, why she freak you? (freaky) uh, why she geeking? Uh, when she see me (see me) why she kinky? Uh, why she wanna be my— ” correlating to the song Gummo? Interesting….
11. KID TURNED OUT FINE
Rock & Roll meets Trill meets Lana Del Rey’s “This Is What Makes Us Girls”. Very chill. The lyrics are pretty self-explanatory. No matter all the dumb things we did as kids, we’ll always turn out fine at the end.
A dedication to Tupac’s “Cradle to the Grave”. Very slow track but when it changes flow towards the end, gives it a kick that it needed.
Very different for ASAP but we can tell that Frank Ocean definitely had a strong influence in the song-making element. It’s very interesting to see Rocky rapping about love in such a personal way. It’s more down to earth and genuine. His emotions seep through his words and we think that it’s a good type of change. Takes time to get use to the song, but it’s very calming.
14. BLACK TUX, WHITE COLLAR
This track is getting serious about police brutality in the states and the issue with America in general as a society. Rocky being a well-known artist, he still feels alone and often used despite the many people around him. A change in life is a change of mindset. Makes you think and see things in a different light. Through Rakim’s eyes.
15. PURITY ft. FRANK OCEAN
Real lyrical rap. Soothing beat, calm vibe, but real lyrics. Not surprising from the duo, this song is very Ocean influenced.
This album is an album that needs time. It must be listened to more than once in order for it to grow on you. The sounds are all different but somehow come together. We definitely see a new wave of A$AP but it suits him. If you listen to the album continuously, track after track, you’ll notice that the end of each song connects to the beginning of the next. You’ve outdone yourself, A$AP. But one quick question, where’s Lana Del Rey in this album?…
What do you think of the album? What’s your favourite track? Do you think it was worth the wait? Let us know.
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