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A$AP Mob – “Hella Hoes”

Back in spring, Harlem’s A$AP Mob crew was planning to release a compilation called L.O.R.D.. For whatever reason, it never happened. But now, we’ve at least got a new posse cut from the crew. On the eerie and jagged new track “Hella Hoes,” the crews two famous members A$APs Rocky and Ferg, team up with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 6, 2014 - 10:10 am

Lykke Li – “No Rest For The Wicked” (Feat. A$AP Rocky)

Lykke Li’s “No Rest For The Wicked” is great as-is, without extraneous rap verses. But hey, rappers have been loving Lykke at least since Drake sampled “Little Bit” in 2009, and A$AP Rocky already has a track record with (to borrow Tom’s description) “cinematically bummed” female singers — note his bizarre turn as JFK i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 22, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Coachella 2014: The 8 Best Things From Friday

The first day of Coachella brought us the first Outkast concert since 2006, the fourth Replacements concert since 1991, and the first time Haim was on the festival grounds legally. (According to Este, the sisters have been hopping the fence since 2004.) It spawned thoughts in my brain such as “Wow, Chromeo is now famou… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 12, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Watch A$AP Rocky Debut A New Song At Ferg’s Coachella Set

Towards the end of a Coachella set that saw A$AP Ferg run through album cuts like “Cocaine Castle” and “Shabba,” he was joined on stage by A$AP Rocky who debuted a new track. The song starts off with a whispered intro (“When the real niggas die/fake niggas gonna multiply”) before escalating into hazy, bass-heavy posturing… More »

By: James Rettig / April 12, 2014 - 1:26 am

The Week In Pop: What Is Ed Sheeran Thinking?

In recent years, pop music’s landscape has been transforming more rapidly than ever. But even as genre boundaries collapse and notions of good taste invert and guitars become inherently retro, one archetype that refuses to die is the sensitive guy with an acoustic guitar. Note that American Idol’s prospective pop messiahs are now just a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 10, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Lolawolf – “Jimmy Franco” Video (Feat. A$AP Rocky)

Zoë Kravitz, Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet’s daughter, is a model, and she did a pretty OK job playing Tempest in the movie X-Men: First Class. She also leads the synthpop trio Lolawolf. And in her group’s new video for their song “Jimmy Franco,” she and A$AP Rocky (who doesn’t rap on the song) snuggle… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2014 - 12:42 pm

ASAP Rocky – “Riot Rave” (Feat Baauer) Video & “Unicorns”

One of the highlights of A$AP Rocky’s Long.Live.A$AP was the Skrillex feature “Wild For The Night,” and Rocky’s new Gessafelstein collab “In Distress” ain’t half bad either. So I was hoping “Riot Rave,” Rocky’s new video with Baauer, would be another example of prime party-time PMF EDM. Alas, it seems to be an “art video”… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 4, 2014 - 11:49 am

A$AP Rocky – “In Distress” (Feat. Gesaffelstein)

The soundtrack to the forthcoming big-deal movie Divergent has already produced a few fascinating songs, like M83’s soaring “I Need You” and Pia Mia’s Chance The Rapper/Clams Casino collab “Fight For You.” But the most intriguing song on the soundtrack-album tracklist was always going to be “In Distress,” which unites A$AP Rocky with the punishing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 28, 2014 - 11:56 am

Schoolboy Q – “Californication” (Feat. A$AP Rocky)

Schoolboy Q’s greatest rapping partner, it turns out, may not be any of the members of his Black Hippy crew; it may, in fact, be A$AP Rocky. Q got one of his first big looks when he delivered a scene-stealing guest verse on Rocky’s LiveLoveA$AP highlight “Brand New Guy,” and his biggest hit might still… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Divergent Soundtrack Pairs Tame Impala & Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky & Gesaffelstein

Following in the footsteps of Twilight and The Hunger Games, Divergent is the next teen blockbuster to have a stacked soundtrack featuring a bunch of indie favorites. There are new songs from M83 and Ellie Goulding, an A$AP Rocky and Gesaffelstein collab, and a Clams Casino-produced track from Pia Mia featuring Chance The Rapper. There’… More »

By: James Rettig / February 24, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Watch A$AP Rocky Play Football With Models In A DKNY Ad

Before scoring his internet-rap breakthrough, A$AP Rocky worked as a model. And in a new DKNY commercial, Rocky returns to his model roots, playing football with supermodels Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, and Eliza Cummings in busy Times Square traffic while his track “Fashion Killa” plays. Rocky’s barely in the ad at all, but he doe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2014 - 10:08 am

Watch A Fan Plummet From Stage Tower At A$AP Rocky’s New Year’s Eve Concert

On New Years Eve, A$AP Rocky was playing his headlining set at the Origin Festival in Perth, Australia when a fan climbed a lighting rig near the stage. As Rocky stopped the show, urging someone to help the fan, the guy dropped, falling all the way to the ground. Wiz Khalifa’s DJ caught the fall… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 2, 2014 - 1:42 pm

The 10 Dumbest Azealia Banks Beefs Of 2013

There’s no better example of unrealized potential than Azealia Banks. It’s been over two years since “212” dropped and we’re still not sure when (or if) her oft-delayed debut album will ever be released. It’s frustrating to see a young artist prioritize petty feuds over making music, and it’s especially frustrating because I like Azealia’… More »

By: James Rettig / December 20, 2013 - 3:57 pm

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

Last year, there was one album — Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City — that united virtually the entire rap-listening public in adoration. This year, no such luck. Many heard my #1 pick of the year (and you can probably already guess what it is) as the work of a sonic visionary, and plenty more… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2013 - 8:35 am

The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

By: Stereogum / December 3, 2013 - 10:58 am

Kid Writes A+ Fan Letter To A$AP Rocky

So Graceson is a kid in North Carolina who sent a fan letter to A$AP Rocky, except he somehow accidentally sent it to the streetwear company Mishka, where a staffer naturally posted it on Instagram, as Vice points out. It should be a life goal for all of us to get a fan letter like… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 3, 2013 - 10:22 am

Justin Timberlake – “TKO (Black Friday Remix)” (Feat. J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, & Pusha T)

Here’s one of the stranger — and most strangely satisfying — remixes of the year. Justin Timberlake’s “TKO” was originally a workable but underwhelming second-tier 20/20 Experience single — just your average R&B-inflected dance-pop banger. Now it’s a hip-hop posse track on which JT barely features and a trio of top MCs show up to… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 2, 2013 - 11:33 am

A$AP Rocky – “Phoenix” Video (Feat. Michael K. Williams)

Michael K. Williams played Omar on The Wire, which will always make him one of the greatest human beings on the planet. He last appeared on Stereogum as the star of MGMT’s vivid and surreal “Cool Song No. 2” clip. Now, he’s added another music video to his resume. He and model Joan Smalls play… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2013 - 4:57 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This past weekend’s YouTube Music Awards presented an interesting conundrum for this column. The show labeled its performances as “live music videos,” and pulled in big-name directors to help put them together. But they were pretty much still performances, except with extra stuff going on. Unfortunately, the YouTube people made the mystifying decision to kee… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 8, 2013 - 10:34 am

A$AP Rocky – “Angels” Video

A$AP Rocky’s album Long.Live.A$AP is nearly a year old now, but Rocky’s still making videos for his tracks. And since Rocky’s videos are generally stylish and murky and fun, that’s good news for everyone. The latest video is for the album bonus track “Angels,” and Rocky co-directed it himself along with Disclosure collaborator Luke Monaghan. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 1, 2013 - 9:42 am