While A$AP Rocky has always been relatively present in music with joint tapes and features he’s never felt like he was fully committed to it. He’s become known for fashion and other ventures almost as much as he is for the music these days. It’s a problem that he’s said he plans to remedy and show everyone that he truly is one of the top artists in rap. Did he do that? No. Did he put out another solid project that probably won’t sway your opinion about him? Yes. But it wasn’t for lack of trying – he spends the majority of the album trying to reiterate his commitment to rap, even though he does more time telling than showing. He has always been fairly experimental when it came to his albums, with each one sounding significantly different than the previous, but Testing is probably his most experimental one yet (also his first without direction from Yams). It’s a sprawling soundscape that undulates from concept to another and all while not losing his signature charisma and style. It doesn’t do much to change many people’s image of him, as style over substance, but it is another solid project that will likely have legs to grow as the months go by. It’s just too bad he choice the absolute worst time to drop – he’s about to get swept up in Yeezy and Drake season.
KYLE may not fit the stereotypical rapper aesthetic, but he is a technically gifted lyricist and the beats are undeniably catchy. At times the overwhelming positivity can become a bit sickening, like eating too much candy, but he knows his lane and he sticks to it with impressive focus. For what he sets out to do, "Light of Mine" is an impressive debut.
Playboi Carti's debut album is definitely aimed at a certain youthful demographic that's only 'rap' in title, and while it has a handful of enjoyable 'vibes', it doesn't have anything that'll disassociate him with anything but "Magnolia."
While I do think Flatbush Zombies still sound too much like A$AP, they do come with their own flavor on "Vacation In Hell" and display amazing chemistry as they trade verses with an energy level that's always on a thousand.
First things first, I done heard the worst things Like if I’m in your top 10, mine’s better be the first name Out your mouth, ain’t even worth saying Little niggas is my offsprings They deserve a nigga first name, middle name, surname
– “Distorted Records”
Have you heard Testing? What’d you think about it? Do you think it’s just more of the same from A$AP Rocky? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
A$AP Rocky – Testing Reaction
"Testing" is probably A$AP Rocky's most experimental album yet (also his first without direction from Yams), with it's sprawling soundscape that undulates from concept to another, all while not losing his signature charisma and style. However, it doesn't do much to change many people's image of him, as style over substance.