Entries tagged with: Asap Rocky
by Andrew Sacher
photo: A$AP Rocky at ACL Fest 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
As you obviously know, the first Zoolander movie featured the late David Bowie. That movie gets a sequel next week (2/12), and this one features musicians too. A new trailer is out, and it's got a scene with A$AP Rocky rapping and his collaborator Skrillex in the DJ booth. Does that mean they'll be the new David Bo--just kidding, watch the trailer below.
Rocky's been pretty busy lately otherwise too. In the past few days he released the new Pharrell collaboration "Hear Me," the video for "JD" off last year's At.Long.Last.A$AP, and a longer version of "Yamborghini High" featuring Juicy J. Check out all of that below too.
He's also one of the rumored guests for Kanye's new album.
Kanye West's new album Swish is due out February 11, and Hip Hop n More reports that he'll debut it in its entirety at Madison Square Garden. It's part of Yeezy Season 3. It's not clear if he's performing music live, but you may remember he debuted "Wolves" at Yeezy Season 1 and "Fade" at Yeezy Season 2, both with very elaborate stage shows.
UPDATE: Free tickets to attend the MSG show
go on sale Friday (1/29) at 10 AM, with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/27) at 10 AM and a venue presale starting Thursday (1/28) at 10 AM. (Update: The ticket link was taken down.)
UPDATE (2/3): Tickets to attend the event are now on AmEx presale. Regular sale starts Thursday (2/4) at 10 AM. Each ticket comes with a digital download of the new album.
Yeezy Season 3 will also be broadcast in theaters worldwide at 4 PM EST. Tickets are already on sale for German theaters, and more locations will be available soon.
He also headlines NYC's Governors Ball in June and surely has something wild up his sleeve for that.
UPDATE 2: Kanye has tweeted some clarification on Swish. "This is not album of the year. This is album of the life."
UPDATE 3: The album isn't called Swish anymore:
New album title, WAVES— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 27, 2016
UPDATE 4: Kanye shares updated tracklist, hinting that A$AP Rocky, The-Dream and Swizz Beatz are on the album:
UPDATE 5: A new tracklist, this time hinting at Chance the Rapper and Earl Sweatshirt's involvement:
My new album is called 'Kanye'— WAVVES (@wavves) January 27, 2016
photos by James Richards IV
A$AP Ferg in Chicago
A$AP Ferg has been on the road with G-Eazy, and that tour hit Chicago over the weekend at Aragon Ballroom on Saturday (1/16). Support came from Marc E. Bassy, Nef the Pharaoh and Marty Grimes. Pictures are in this post.
The tour hits NYC on Saturday (1/23), Sunday (1/24) and Monday (1/25) at Terminal 5. The first two are sold out but tickets for the third are still available. It's in Philly tomorrow and tonight is an off night, which quite possibly means Ferg will join A$AP Rocky and the rest of A$AP Mob to celebrate the life of the late A$AP Yams at Yams Day at Terminal 5 tonight (1/18). Ferg also tweeted, "Today is Yams day through out the world! Even if you can't celebrate with us turn up for him where ever your at!!"
The rest of tonight's lineup includes Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, A$ton Matthews and Lil Uzi Vert. Rocky and Ferg also celebrated Yams over the weekend when they released the tribute song "Yamborghini High."
Ferg's new album Always Strive and Prosper is due this year, and it presumably features his recent single "New Level" featuring Future, which you can stream below.
Speaking of Nef the Pharaoh, he's planning a mixtape with producer Cardo called Neffy Got Wings, and recently released its lead single "#Saydaat" featuring Philthy Rich. Listen to that below too. He also plays another NYC show before the run with A$AP Ferg, at Just Blaze's weekly House Party at Webster Hall on Thursday (1/21). Tickets are available.
photo: A$AP Rocky at ACL Fest 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
The newest episode of Drake's OVO Sound Radio show on Beats 1 aired yesterday, and it featured the debuts of a few new songs. One is A$AP Rocky boasting over a remix of Drake's "Wu-Tang Forever" ("Know this shit is yours when you do a world tour all off a mixtape") and another has Rocky with his A$AP Mob pals A$AP Ferg and A$AP Nast paying tribute to the late A$AP Yams with "Yamborghini High." A$AP Mob, joined by Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, Lil Uzi Vert, and A$ton Matthews, will celebrate Yams' life at NYC's Terminal 5 on Monday (1/18) (sold out).
The show also featured a set from DJ Mustard, which kicked off with his recently-released Travi$ Scott collab "Whole Lotta Lovin" and featured the debut of the Mustard-produced "Wavy" by Ty Dolla $ign (who he most famously hooked up with on "Paranoid") featuring Joe Moses. Dolla $ign heads on tour soon with Future, who dropped a new mixtape today.
DJ Mustard and Ty Dolla $ign also collaborated with London singer Ella Mai, who Mustard just signed to his 10 Summers Records, on the new song "She Don't." He played that one on the show, along with her Mustard-produced "No Rush."
Listen to all five tracks below...
Created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano and produced by Duplass Brothers Television, Animals. focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to Earth's least-habitable environment: New York City. Whether it's lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.Quoted above is the new description for new animated HBO series Animals which premieres on February 5. As Pitchfork points out, among the voice actors are musicians Kurt Vile, A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg.
The rest of the cast isn't too shabby either. It includes Eric Andre, Katie Aselton, Jessica Chastain, Rob Corddry, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Ellie Kemper, Nick Kroll, Lauren Lapkus, Melanie Lynsky, Marc Maron, Kumail Nanjiani, Horatio Sanz, Adam Scott, Molly Shannon, Wanda Sykes, Cobie Smulders, Matt Walsh, Zach Woods and Steve Zissis.
Watch a teaser for Animals. below...
by Andrew Sacher
'LUV Is Rage' artwork
Philly rapper Lil Uzi Vert had a pretty promising 2015, and he's set to kick off 2016 with a few shows, including his first-ever dates in NYC. The first is the sold-out Yams Day at Terminal 5 (1/18) with A$AP Rocky, A$AP Mob, Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies and A$ton Matthews. Then he headlines his own show the next day at Santos Party House (1/19). Tickets for Santos are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Early last year, Uzi hopped on DJ Carnage's posse cut "WDYW" with A$AP Ferg and Rich the Kid, and later in the year he dropped his most recent full length project, the LUV Is Rage mixtape. It's promising stuff, offering up auto-tuned trap that's at times similar to Chief Keef ("Top," which is actually even better than Keef's latest stuff), Future ("All My Chains"), and others up that alley. Young Thug aids him on "Yamborghini Dream" off that tape, and Uzi returns the favor on "Big Racks" off Thugger's Slime Season 2. If you haven't heard it yet, check out all that stuff below.
Brooklyn rap crew Flatbush Zombies have been releasing a steady stream of mixtapes, singles and EPs for the past five years, and they're finally ready to release their debut album. It's called 3001: A Laced Odyssey, and it's due out March 11 via Glorious Dead Recordings. Along with the album announcement comes a stream of a new non-album track, "Glorious Thugs," which you can listen to below.
They're playing the sold-out Yams Day (1/18) at Terminal 5 with A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ and more this month, and after that they'll go on a lengthy headlining tour that concludes back at Terminal 5 on May 19. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/15) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
We already knew Guns N Roses (Axl and Slash included) and LCD Soundsystem would be reuniting for Coachella 2016, and now the full lineup is here. It also includes Sufjan Stevens, M83, The Last Shadow Puppets, Ice Cube, Disclosure, Underworld, A$AP Rocky, Courtney Barnett, Grimes, Run the Jewels, Lush, Deerhunter, The Damned, The Kills, Foals, The Front Bottoms, Savages, Joey Bada$$, HEALTH, Mavis Staples, Shamir, The Arcs, Vince Staples, Beach House, Rancid, Chris Stapleton, Ex Hex, Death Grips, Bat For Lashes, Kamasi Washington, Skepta, Deafheaven, Sheer Mag, Girlpool and many more.
It happens April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, CA. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/6) at 11 AM PST.
Poster above, and larger version HERE. Full lineup below...
photo: A$AP Rocky at the Guggenheim in November (more by Scott Rodd)
Joey Bada$$ already has NYC and Long Island shows this month (the only non-cancelled dates of his tour), and on January 18 he plays another show here that's even more exciting. It's at Terminal 5 (that's not the exciting part) and A$AP Rocky is headlining. The whole A$AP Mob is billed to show up too, which may also mean the great A$AP Ferg (who has that date off of his tour and plays Philly the next day). Special guests are promised, and Lil Uzi rounds out the lineup.
Rocky has other shows coming up, all of which are listed below...
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."
Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.
Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.
Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.
Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.
Illustration by Ryan Casey
We already saw Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2015, and now they unveiled their top 50 songs too. It's got a lot of the songs you couldn't avoid this year even if you wanted to: "Hello," "Hotline Bling," "Trap Queen," plenty of The Weeknd, one appearance by Justin Bieber. There's also indie rock anthems like Titus Andronicus' "Dimed Out," "Kurt Vile's "Pretty Pimpin," Courtney Barnett's "Pedestrian at Best"and Tame Impala's "Let It Happen," a nod towards raw DIY with Sheer Mag's "Fan the Flames," and a lot more. Check the whole thing out below.
The Firefly Music Festival will return in 2016 from June 16-19. This year's lineup includes Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Florence & the Machine, Deadmau5, Disclosure, blink-182, Death Cab for Cutie, Tame Impala, M83, A$AP Rocky, Ludacris, Earth Wind & Fire, Fetty Wap, Flogging Molly, Vince Staples, AlunaGeorge, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Guster, Chairlift, Quilt, Laura Stevenson and more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (11/20) at 11 AM. Full lineup below...
Grimes finally released her anticipated new album Art Angels today (listen), but before she did that, she brought her tour to NYC for a performance at the Guggenheim's International Gala Pre-Party on Wednesday (11/4). The Guardian was there, and they described the whole spectacle like this:
Grimes jumps into action inside a smallish circular stage, like a Star Trek transporter, with white pillars and stretched fabric ascending towards the high museum ceiling. The crowds gather on the space's famous spiral levels, but mostly stood down on the ground floor, surrounding the stage. It's crowded, but not uncomfortably so, given the current Grimes ascendancy.They didn't love the show though, saying the set sounded "mushy and homogenous." Did you go? What did you think?
Some of Grimes' famous pals showed up, like A$AP Rocky (a fancier affair than the time they crashed 285 Kent toghether) and Dev Hynes (a less hot and sunny affair than the time they played Warm Up together). Pictures of them, Grimes, DJ SADAF and more are in this post.
Grimes returns to NYC with her signee Nicole Dollanganger for sold-out shows on 11/16 at T5 and 11/18 at MHOW. More pictures from the Guggenheim below...
photos by Tim Griffin
TVOTR / A$AP Rocky / Father John Misty / Drake & Future (via)
Is Drake the new Kanye?The 2015 Austin City Limits Festival kicked off on Friday and continued on Saturday (10/3) with Drake, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Alabama Shakes, Jose Gonzalez, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves, Father John Misty, Vince Staples and plenty more. Pictures of the second day of ACL are in this post.
Explosive pyrotechnics. Mad energy. The "6 God" backdrop and the whole field on his team. Drake hit the stage like he owned the world. When the backdrop flashed "If You're Reading This We Made It" I felt it in my body the way I do when I see 'Ye live. I seriously thought, "Wow, Drake has done it." Kanye is tabloid fodder and bad fashion and Drake is totally running the game. Drake's the new Kanye. And in that moment I really wanted it for him. That feeling stuck for a good portion of the set. Weirdly, the thing that undid it was when he brought out Future. We knew it was going to happen next week but tonight was a surprise. With the new collab album out it was an obvious choice and the crowd went wild and I actually liked the tracks they did. But Yeezy would never have done that and, more importantly, he'd never have to. He'd keep his 90 minutes all to himself and be completely riveting the whole time. [Deborah Sengupta Stith for Austin 360]
As the above review points out, Drake brought out Future during his set to play three songs off DS2 including the Drake collab "Where Ya At," and then the duo made the live debut of "Jumpman" and "Big Rings" off their collaborative album What A Time To Be Alive. Videos below. Drake also released another Beyonce collab over the weekend, "Can I." He debuted on his Apple Music Beats 1 show, OVO Sound Radio, and you can listen below.
ACL fest's first weekend wraps up Sunday (10/4) and if you're not there you can stream it live (via Red Bull TV) below. ACL does it again this coming weekend (10/9 - 10/11) too. UPDATE: Day 3 happened and pics are up.
photos by P Squared
A$AP Rocky / Tyler the Creator / Danny Brown / Vince Staples
Who everyone was really here to see, though, was A$AP Rocky, whose arrival took time. But that was fair: As the purple stage curtain drew back, it revealed a three-tiered platform that the crew had built between sets, replete with members of the A$AP Mob--including A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy--and Rocky's DJs.Four killer rappers, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown and Vince Staples are currently on the road together, and that tour hit NYC for a sold-out show at the Theater at MSG on Tuesday (9/22). As the above review points out, Rocky was who the most people came to see, but at least as exciting was opener Vince Staples whose Summertime '06 is one of the very best albums of this year. Vince came out during Rocky's set to do his song "Señorita" too. The floor was shaking big time from people jumping around. It was a wild show.
"Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2)" resonated throughout the arena as Rocky emerged, enveloped by flashing red lights and smoke. Throughout the course of the night, he played a bulk of At. Long. Last. A$AP, performing on all levels of the terrace-like structure.
At one point, everyone else left and it was just Rocky, illuminated on the second level. "Thanks to all the other acts for being talented, for their love and creativity. F*** all that mainstream s**t," he bellowed into the mic. His heartfelt moment was followed by one of the more heartfelt, melodic tracks from ALLA, "L$D." [Revolt TV]
More pictures and a video of the Vince/Rocky collab below...
Tyler, the Creator is throwing his annual Camp Flog Gnaw festival at The Park @ LA Coliseum on November 14 this year. Despite saying over the summer that Odd Future wouldn't be performing as a group anymore, OFWGKTA is billed for this. The lineup also includes Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound (Daz Dillinger and Kurupt), A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Mac Miller, Atmosphere, YG, Trash Talk, Jhene Aiko, The Inernet, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Flosstradamus, TOKiMONSTA and more. Tickets go on sale today (9/15) at noon PST.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Lucero at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Lucero will release their new album All A Man Should Do on September 18 via ATO. After two of the band's biggest-sounding horn-filled records, much of the new one sees them returning to a softer sound. It's actually the first album in their 15+ year career where frontman Ben Nichols played only acoustic guitar. We already posted first single "Went Looking For Warren Zevon's Los Angeles," which is a great example of that softer/acoustic sound, though new single "Can't You Hear Them Howl" brings the horns back and more closely recalls the last two records. Listen to that one below.
I recently spoke with Ben about the new record, their upcoming Sailor Jerry-presented tour, looking back on lyrics he wrote 15 years ago, True Detective, the unlikely Lucero sample A$AP Rocky used on his new album, and more. You can read that interview below.
The band's tour hits NYC on October 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: A$AP Rocky in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Here's a pretty amazing tour for rap fans: A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown and Vince Staples are all teaming up together to hit the road this summer/fall. More dates are still TBA, but they've announced one round of shows which hits NYC's Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 22. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/7) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Chase presales starting Thursday (8/6) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Vince Staples fans can see him headline a NYC show for only $3 when he plays the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at The Shop on August 10 (234 Starr St) with Lil Herb and Loaf Muzik. RSVP is open.
Yesterday, Danny Brown teamed up with producer Clams Casino for the Adult Swim Single "Worth It." Listen below.
by Andrew Sacher
Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky recently put out At.Long.Last.A$AP, which still sounds like a million dollars went into it, but moves from the pop rap-leanings of his last album into more psychedelic territory. He recently gave NYC a tiny, surprise hometown show at Union Pool, and now he's got one coming up that will be a little easier to get into: Best Buy Theater on July 23.
It's Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg's fourth annual PeterPalooza, and also includes Vic Mensa, Bodega Bamz and Remy Banks. Tickets are on sale now.
Rocky has other dates coming up too. All are listed, with the video for A.L.L.A highlight "L$D," below...
More surprises from A$AP Rocky who dropped his new album early this week. The rapper will play Union Pool on Sunday (5/31) which is a benefit for victims of the Nepal earthquake. The show also features a DJ set from Pat Mahoney, plus Morgan O' Kane, Susanna Raeven, CULTFEVER and Monster (DJ). The show goes from 6PM - 11 PM and tickets are $30 and proceeds will go towards Kids of Kathmandu, an organization founded in Brooklyn. Flyer below
A$AP Rocky's new album, At.Long.Last.A$AP (A.L.L.A.) had a release date of June 2, but in true 2015 rap fashion, Rocky "surprise" released the whole thing early. It has appearances from Kanye West, Schoolboy Q, Mos Def, M.I.A., Juicy J, UGK, Miguel, Danger Mouse, newcomer Joe Fox and more. Pick yours up at iTunes.
Check out the full tracklist and listen to the whole thing via Spotify below...
A$AP Rocky live for Red Bull Music Academy -- 5/7/15
A$AP Rocky debuted a new song during his Red Bull Music Academy live interview in NYC tonight. The track is called entitled "Everyday".
It heavily samples/covers 1972 Python Lee Jackson song "In a Broken Dream", which most famously features vocals by Rod Stewart. This new version also includes vocals by Miguel, and contributions by Mark Ronson. It will be on Rocky's new album At.Long.Last.A$AP, out June 2nd. Listen to that (and the original) below:
by Zack Baker
photo: A$AP Ferg in Queens in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
LA rappers Overdoz dropped the video for their A$AP Ferg-featuring "F**k Yo' DJ," which has the whole crew going nuts to the thudding beat. The song spends most of its runtime (predictably) championing the rappers' production crew over everyone else's but they don't forget to toss in jabs about how much harder they party as well. Check the video out below.
Ferg recently dropped two videos to tide us over while we wait for his forthcoming Trap Lord followup. He'll also be heading out on Skrillex and Diplo's Full Flex Express tour as the only rapper on the train.
In related news, Ferg's crewmate A$AP Rocky has slowly been building to the release of his new album At.Long.Last.A$AP with a trio of advance singles and the Harlem rapper recently announced A.L.L.A.'s release date for May 12 via A$AP Worldwide/RCA. He'll be at this year's Red Bull Music Academy residency shortly before that for a sold-out talk at Madiba Harlem on May 7, and is now featured on a new Raekwon track. Listen to that collaboration below.
In one last bit of A$AP Mob news, A$AP Ant is playing a hometown show at The Studio at Webster Hall on May 4 with Sha Hef, Dougie F and DJ Michael Medium. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Check out the video for "F**k Yo' DJ" and Rocky's collaboration with Raekwon below...
by Andrew Sacher
A$AP Rocky recently announced his new album, At. Long.Last.A$AP (no release date yet, but that's pretty typical of rap lately), and today he dropped a new single, "M's." Assuming this will appear on A.L.L.A, that's seeming like an album to be pretty excited for. Listen below.
The NYC rapper doesn't have a hometown show scheduled at the moment, but he will be speaking during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency.
photo: A$AP Rocky in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky told GQ the title of his upcoming album in a new interview. At.Long.Last.A$AP still doesn't have a release date, but we do know that it features Lykke Li, FKA Twigs, Juicy J, and Clams Casino, and was executive produced by Danger Mouse and the late A$AP Yams. He also spat a new verse from the album during the photoshoot, and video of that is below. No word if A.L.L.A includes recent singles "Multiply" and "Lord Pretty Flocko Jodye 2", but you can watch the videos for those below too.
Rocky was also announced for Lollapalooza today.