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Songs for When You Want A$AP Rocky Free

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ASAP Rocky performs at the Hollywood Palladium, October 26, 2012. His latest album is "Long Live ASAP." (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Editor’s Note: This is a weekly music article recommending new as well as old songs to diversify your playlists. You can find the playlist here. 

Rakim Mayers a.k.a. A$AP Rocky is in Swedish jail right now and being held on assault charges. I’ve watched the video of the alleged assault and have read the reports about what allegedly happened beforehand. Apparently two men were reportedly following A$AP Rocky around and harassing them and the women who came up to Rocky, then from there the chaos ensued. 

Rocky’s lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic has stated in a news conference on Swedish television, “They begged and pleaded to be left alone.” They are currently claiming it was self-defense and plenty of celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have expressed support for Rocky and have convinced President Trump to try to step in so bail can be posted for Rocky. So in support of Rocky I wanted to recommend some of his music this week and hopefully by this time next week he will be free. Explicit lyric warning. 

“Everyday” by A$AP Rocky featuring Rod Stewart x Miguel x Mark Ronson

The level of talent on this track is spectacular. Each one of these artists bring something unique to the table that can’t be replicated and that makes this song stand out from the rest. The contrast between Rod Stewart’s and Miguel’s voices in the chorus sounds really really good and the beat switch in the middle of the song is nasty.

“L$D” by A$AP Rocky 

I think this is my favorite A$AP Rocky song because it’s just so mellow and psychedelic. This was the first time I really heard Rocky sing and I was genuinely surprised how good it was. It matches supremely well with the beat and it creates a great vibe and the video has some striking visual that goes perfectly with the song too. You can find the link to the video here

“Love$ick” by Mura Masa featuring A$AP Rocky

I like the fact that Rocky did a song like this that felt way out of his wheelhouse. When it came out it was way different from a lot of the stuff I heard from him and I liked the fact that he was so open minded on his music and what he makes. This song is just about being young, dumb, and in love and it’s good fun song that brings back memories of being 15 and in high school doing stupid things with your friends. The video really compliments, too, you can find the link to it here.

“Telephone Calls” by A$AP Mob featuring A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Playboi Carti & Yung Gleesh

When you hear, “Telephone call from young Carti, said, ‘It’s lit.’” Call the young Lord, A$AP Bari, he legit,” then the bass hits, it’s over like the energy on this song. You can tell everybody was having a lot of fun on it. It shows off all the strengths of each artist like Rocky and Tyler bars and Carti’s ability to make some catchy lines at any time. 

“Frat Rules” featuring A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, & Big Sean

Carti and Rocky on a track always makes for something good to happen and this song is another great example of that. I really like the filter they used on Carti’s voice to make him sound far away and muffled on the chorus, it really just adds an extra level that elevates the song. 

“Hands on the Wheel” by Schoolboy Q featuring A$AP Rocky 

This song perfectly encapsulates the party lifestyle Q and Rocky are describing in the track. The beat only adds to it sampling artist Lissie’s cover of the Kid Cudi song “The Pursuit of Happiness,” which is also another song of just being young and partying. 

“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” by Tame Impala 

Rocky is a big Tame Impala fan. He even samples them on his song “Sundress” but I wanted to highlight a song by the actual artist. I love trippy songs and this song is super trippy. The song is only three minutes and 13 seconds, but sometimes it feels like it’s 30 minutes and sometimes it feels like it’s only 30 seconds. 

I hope you enjoy the songs for the week and if you have any songs to recommend to me, email them to paulce@email.grcc.edu.