A$AP Mob‘s head honcho, A$AP Rocky is back. The Harlem, New York emcee has been sparsely seen since his 2013 “Long.Live.A$AP” release that earned him worldwide respect for his awe inspiring ability as an artist. In the two years since his debut LP, the “fashion killa’ rapper has sporadically released music for movie soundtracks, but word on the tweets is that he’s preparing to drop a highly anticipated follow up in 2015.
“Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye II” is the sequel to one of A$AP’s most notable records, titled after Rocky’s producing pseudonym, “Pretty Flacko.” The track follows on stylistically from it’s predecessor, powering through with phenomenal production courtesy of Rio and Nez and showcasing the sonical skill, in which A$AP stands and head shoulders above his peers.
Lyrically, “PFJ2” is neither here nor there for traditional Hip Hop heads. It’s not poor enough to be pointed out as a successor to whatever Iggy Azalea record we’re told to be outraged at lately, but not profound enough to be thrown into the Kendrick category. That said, in rebuttal of Joe Budden’s “out rhyming A$AP, ain’t showing me where your weight at” retort to K dot’s claims of being “King Of New York”, this new record shows Rocky’s at his braggadocios best.
His swarve delivery seeps with conviction, captivating listeners with claims of self appreciation that are hard to argue against, given Rocky’s grandiose ability to articulate it in such a convincing manner. His proclamations of being “stand out” and the “trillest one to do it since Pimp”, scattered between the expected references to his latest fashion ventures are almost Kanye-esque, in the walking of the thin line between arrogance and likability.
All in all, A$AP Rocky’s comeback on the eve of the New Year comes short of “Fuckin’ Problems” or “Goldie”, but “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye II” has amplified my excitement for whatever the emcee has in store for us in 2015.