A$AP Rocky - Peso - Singles - Reviews - Soundblab

A$AP Rocky - Peso

by Aidan Rylatt Rating:8 Release Date:2012-02-18

Since the release of mixtape LiveLoveA$AP last year, buzz has been building around 23-year-old Rakim Mayers, aka A$AP Rocky. With reports suggesting Rocky was signed by Sony/RCA for $3million it is almost inevitable that the re-release of 'Peso' is about to send Rocky firmly into the mainstream.

Having been named after the Rakim, it was perhaps inevitable that Rocky would end up rapping. So stratospheric has his rise been, however, that it was apparently only in July of last year that Rocky stopped dealing drugs, having followed in the footsteps of his drug lord father, and brother Ricky, who was shot dead for extorting another drug dealer.

Despite this background, it seems that Rocky is more suited to rapping than the gangster lifestyle. As he said in an interview earlier this year: "You gotta know how to tap into that gangster mentality", suggesting he's more in possession of intuitive calculation as to how to sell rap records rather than illegal drugs. This is further backed up by the lyrics to 'Peso', such as when Rocky dismisses his gangster affectations as merely a way to pick up women: "I don't need a necklace/ but these bitches get impressed when you pull up in that seven/ Them sixes, them Benzes".

Rocky also clearly knows his hip hop history. Over a backing not dissimilar to Man Parrish's 1982 hit 'Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop)', he raps, "Graduate school of hard-knocks, I can show you my degrees/ Couple A, B, Cs, bad bitch double Ds/ Popping E, I don't give a F, told you I'm a G", bringing to mind 'Alpahabet Aerobics' by Blackalicious amongst others. Managing to sound effortless and calculated at the same time, 'Peso' suggests a bright future for rap's next big thing.

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Well, I certainly am a morbid little fucker and I think this album is far from perfect but it has some great songs on it which I wish more people knew about. 'I Want You', 'There's No Emotion' and 'Don't You Know' are among the best songs Pulp...

Well, I certainly am a morbid little fucker and I think this album is far from perfect but it has some great songs on it which I wish more people knew about. 'I Want You', 'There's No Emotion' and 'Don't You Know' are among the best songs Pulp ever did.

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Commented on the wrong review - sorry! Need sleep...

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