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A$AP Rocky


Much-anticipated debut full-length hip hop mixtape from 23-year-old Harlem rapper Rakim Mayers

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  1. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    By reaching every-damn-where he could, ASAP Rocky both sidesteps this pitfall and becomes one of the year’s most exciting voices
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  2. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Mayers’s laid-back, off-kilter rhymes knock out a heady narrative about his main concerns in life. A dashing statement of intent
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  3. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Although it can be tempting to focus on the mere sonic architecture of this tape, ASAP’s rhyming is LiveLoveA$AP’s one element that confirms he is not only bound for fast stardom, but also that he’s sharp enough to deserve it
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  4. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    LiveLoveA$AP is the sort of album that clocks in at nearly an hour but feels like it’s over in half that
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  5. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Simply one of the best hip-hop records of the year
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  6. 7.5 |   BBC

    It's the sometime producer of Lil B, Beautiful Lou, who brings a real freshness. Working on Kissin’ Pink and Trilla, it’s over his hazy, slumbering beats where Rocky's laidback flows truly flourish
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  7. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    The year’s most stylish mix-tape, a melting pot of nearly every major underground rap trend of the last 16 months
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