It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from the Mob. We’ve gotten projects from both Rocky and Ferg, the latter being underwhelming, but we haven’t heard them all together in some time. After building up some hype with their dope short film, they finally hit us with the full Cozy Tapes, Vol. 1, which was originally the brain child of the late A$AP Yams.
I’ve always really liked A$AP, especially for their production. It’s always moody, melodic, and has this lo-fi type of quality to it that really makes it stand out. It’s a sound they’ve practically perfected and it shows on Cozy Tapes. As a whole this is some of the best production they’ve had to date. “Young N***a Living” has a crazy hypnotic synth playing through the background, “Telephone Calls” is gritty, hype music, and “Put That On My Set” (my favorite track) has a crazy flip of the same sample used on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic. Not quite southern, not quite East coast, it’s the Harlem equivalent of trill music; with clear influences from groups like UGK, Three 6 Mafia, and Bone Thugs.
“Said she in love with cocaina, love to sniff it, my nig Gave her drops of LSD, now she trippy, my nig Told if she get with me, I’ll live life different, my nig I’m official, ya dig?”
Now it’s an A$AP Mob album, but really only in name; outside of a few tracks it’s A$AP Rocky and friends. He carries the majority of the album, with the other members only showing up in a few spots for support. This is a good thing. Outside of maybe Ferg, I’ve never liked Ant or Nast. Their lyrical ability is average at best and they don’t have the personality like Ferg. “London Town” is pretty much unlistenable for me because of how horrible Ant is. The friends in the title is appropriate, because there’s a plethora of guest features, from Wiz Khalifa to Lil Uzi Vert. It’s a who’s who of their industry friends and I’d have to say Tyler, The Creator has probably the best verse off the whole album.
“He’s a genius, have you heard the rumors? He’s a winner, no not a loser Fuck passin’ blunts, pass my niggas opportunities Goddamn, I’m hot, man, I’m not scared to freeze January, Hawaiian shirts Boy this weather ain’t got a thing on me”
Have you heard Cozy Tapes? What’d think about it? Are you glad they let Rocky carry the album? Who had the best verse on it? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your rating for the album.
Cozy Tapes is everything that's made A$AP so popular in the first place. As a whole, it's their best sounding tape to date as they seem more confident and comfortable than ever. It's really Rocky and friends, with Ferg, Ant, and Nast only getting spots here and there, but it makes for a better flowing album.