Sunday, 20 November 2011
A$AP Rocky - Peso
A$AP Rocky's Peso has a lot going in its favour - over a million YouTube views since it was uploaded in August, Radio 1 airplay, an impressive 8.2 rating for its parent mixtape on the notoriously hard to please Pitchfork. The man is clearly doing something right.
Travelling down the Drake route of moody, ambient hip-hop, A$AP has no qualms about confrontational lyrics - the first few lines of Peso are littered with expletives, but his flow is contrastingly smooth, chilled. This is a man with lots to say, but which he's going to say in his own time, within his own rules.
The track itself glistens with affected vocal samples and old school synths - it's a potent cocktail and one that feels continually exciting. Good job then that the mixtape contains fifteen more tracks of the same.
The full mixtape is available to download for free on A$AP Rocky's official website.