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Review: A$AP Rocky – Testing

In Hip Hop by Jessica Salter

Iconic Harlem rapper Asap Rocky dropped his third studio album ‘Testing’ on 25th May – revealing the artwork at Sotherby’s in New York during his ‘Lab Rat’ live performance which consisted of him completing random tasks as well as discussing the challenge of creating new music. The project with a collect call from Kodak Black sold 75k in the first week beating Pusha T’s ‘Daytona’.

This new project will satisfy his fan base as he has not released an album since ‘AT.LONG.LAST.ASAP‘ which dropped in 2015. In a recent interview Rocky stated that he has been testing out new sounds, an example of this would be the lead single  ‘Asap Forever’ with the unexpected ‘Porcelain’ sample by Moby from 2000 which has seen T.I and Kid Cudi jump on the remix and especially ‘OG Beeper’ which could be the background music to an old school video game.

There are also features from  Juicy J, French Montana as well as Frank Ocean who is on the outro ‘Purity’ and sees yet another hip hop artist with a Lauryn Hill sample. Asap also shows homage to the UK as he works with North London born grime star Skepta on ‘Praise the Lord (Da Shine)’  which was also recorded in London and used in their own experiment to find the logic behind hip hop.

Stream the album from http://smarturl.it/zTESTING