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A$AP Rocky @ Made In America (8/31/2013)

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2013


Unfortunately, I had a feeling that A$AP Rocky would show up late to his set at Made In America. I hate being right. He showed up nearly a half hour late, and only played for about 15 minutes or so. What he did play was enjoyable, but I’m sorry, I have no time for artists like this who just show up when they want and leave just as quickly. Did he apologize? Yes. But from the waves of boos from the crowd, no one forgave them.

If you can’t show up on time for your fans, then you don’t deserve them. Sorry, A$AP.

[new]: A$AP Rocky – Long Live A$AP

By Will Oliver, December 21st 2012 — with 1 comment


A$AP Rocky will released his debut studio album Long Live A$AP on January 15. Here’s the fiery title track that sets to impress, and hits the mark with relative ease. If the rest of the album is as strong, we will have our first solid rap release of 2013.

The latest track that Big Boi has shared from new album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is “Lines”. It features both A$AP Rocky & Phantogram.

Phantogram provide a different instrumental atmosphere than Big Boi would normally be on, which actually somehow sounds like a mix of Imogen Heap and The Killers. Big Boi takes a risk, and it pays off. Respectful move, either way.

Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors comes out December 11 via Def Jam.

Just yesterday we saw Lana Del Rey’s “National Anthem” music video which features A$AP Rocky. Their partnership continue’s on “My Bitch”, an A$AP Rocky song that features Ms. Del Rey.

It was originally on The Kickdrums mixtape Follow The Leaders, but A$AP loved it so much he took it for his debut album, LongLiveA$AP. The collaboration works wonders. Both artists came up with a lot of hype, and it seems like they have found a way to collaborate and certainly deliver.

[new] A$AP Rocky – Goldie

By Will Oliver, April 17th 2012 — with 1 comment

A$AP Rocky is releasing his first proper studio album, LongLiveA$AP sometime this summer. “Goldie” is the lead single from it. It was produced by Hit Boy, the producer behind “Niggas In Paris”. It certainly shows.

Download “Goldie” below.

[mp3]: A$AP Rocky – Goldie

[mixtape]: A$AP Rocky – LIVELOVEA$AP

By Will Oliver, October 31st 2011

My first taste of A$AP Rocky was during his set at Fader Fort during CMJ. I wasn’t completely blown away, but I definitely couldn’t ignore the guy. Something about him kept my attention, and I’m starting to see that my hunch was correct.

A$AP Rocky just signed a huge deal with Sony/RCA’s Polo Grounds Music for an insane $3 million. So you could say that my expectations are pretty high. Last Friday I heard his song “Bass” and although I didn’t love it at first, the song grew on me over the weekend, large in part to Clams Casino’s incredible production.

Today he dropped his debut mixtape LIVELOVEA$AP as a Halloween treat. I’ve yet to dig in, but if the songs are up to par with “Bass”, it should be a pretty good listen. Not sure if it will be a $3 million listen, but that’s not for us to decide.

Stream “Trill” and grab the whole mixtape for free download below:
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Made In America 2013 Recap

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2013 — with 1 comment

When it was all said in done, I had a great time at Made In America, seeing some great shows, including legendary sets from Nine Inch Nails, Beyonce, and Phoenix. I have to personally thanks the nice people at Skype Moments who really helped make this weekend possible in more ways than one. So a big thanks to them for a great weekend.

This recap here will link you to all the shows I posted about, as well as collect all my favorite photos from the weekend. Find the links and photos below. Read the rest of this entry »

Kendrick Lamar @ Made In America (9/1/2013)

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2013


Unlike A$AP Rocky, not only did Kendrick Lamar show up on time, he showed up early. Early. He brought out some special guests that included Schoolboy Q to start thing off before he came out and launched a furious set full of all the good kid, m.A.A.d city treats. The crowd went insane for all of them and sang back every word louder and louder as the song progressed.

I think its safe that Kendrick Lamar has progressed into one of the biggest names in rap, and things like this are long in the past. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Sean – Control (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica)

By Will Oliver, August 14th 2013 — with 1 comment

Kendrick Lamar


Unless you’ve completely ignored social media, you’ve probably been seeing lots of tweets/posts about Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s track, “Control.” Not only is his entire verse absolute straight fire, but he lights a flame under a few people a few lines in particular.

He straight up calls out many fellow rappers in the song and doesn’t hold back:

I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhymin’ wit
But this is hip hop and them niggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you niggas
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas
They dont wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas
What is competition? I’m tryna raise the bar high

You can say that Kendrick is raising the bar, that’s for sure. Jay Electronica also offers a hell of a verse, as does Big Sean, of course. This actually will not make the cut of Big Sean’s upcoming album Hall of Fame because of sample clearance problems. Which is a damn shame, but this song is getting lauded as is, so we can’t feel too bad.

Big fan of Kendrick, and how can you not love him after he steps up with a verse as good as this. It’s taken the hip-hop world by storm, igniting responses and tweets from a whole bunch of major rappers already. This has already infused a new bit of life into hip-hop. As a very modest hip-hop fan (as you’re aware), this even excites me. Imagine what huge fans of the genre are thinking right now..

Take a listen to “Control” below.

Bonnaroo Announces 2013 Lineup

By Will Oliver, February 19th 2013 — with 1 comment

Bonnaroo 2013

The Bonnaroo 2013 lineup is here. Headlining are Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Björk, Mumford & Sons, and Wilco. You also get, The National, R. Kelly, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Pretty Lights.

Other acts of interest for me are Passion Pit, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Billy Idol, The xx, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal collective, Of Monsters and Men, Jim James, Nas, Beach House, ZZ Top, Cat Power, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, A$AP Rocky, Tame Impala, Gaslight Anthem, Portugal. The Man, Foals, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Matt & Kim, Amadou & Mariam, Alt-J, Father John Misty, The Tallest Man On Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost!, Divine Fits, Purity Ring, Cults, Four Tet, Calexico, Japandroids, Wild Nothing, Django Django, Haim, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, DIIV, Reptar,

Jim James will head the Superjam this year, with Ed Helms (from The Office/The Hangover) headlining the Bluegrass Superjam.

Pretty solid lineup. I may have to make it out just to catch Sir Paul already. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon.

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