ASAP FOREVER – ASAP ROCKY FT MOBY | Taken from Rocky’s new album TE$TING, “ASAP Forever” finds him rapping about A$AP Mob and talking about their success…

Richard Melville Hall, the nineties electronica icon who makes music as Moby, actually features on Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky's new single! And y'know what? It kinda slaps.

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Rocky’s last solo album, At.Long.Last.ASAP, came out in 2015. The New York rapper recently appeared alongside Blocboy JB on “Bad Company” and dropped three tracks in as many days at the turn of the year.

After a series of releases that played more like sketches than actual songs, his latest track, “A$AP Forever,” serves as his I’m back statement. Prominently, it features an extensive sample of Moby’s downbeat song “Porcelain,” with its melancholic string loops spruced up by lurching drums. It’s among the most downcast and experimental instrumentals Rocky’s rapped over, but his winking presence and charm is never drowned out.

If this seems like a strange collaboration, please consider that for a brief period of time I had a playlist titled ‘Rocky Collaborations’ which featured songs he’s done with Lykke Li, Jessie Ware, Florence Welch, Rod Stewart, Mark Ronson and Lana Del Rey. Rocky has diverse taste, and as someone who barely listens to anything that wasn’t in Gossip Girl, I respect that.

“I take proper precautions,” Rocky said when asked why the new album didn’t drop in 2017. “When testing this whole album, it’s, like, about perfect timing. Everything has to be aligned correctly. One little thing, one little mishap, one little imperfection could throw off a whole cycle. I would prefer to put out music to change people’s moods or uplift or get a feeling or a reaction as opposed to just making music to stay relevant for the sake of popularity.”

It’s been three years since A$AP Rocky’s last project, and with his recent television appearance and influx of singles, many believe a new album could be coming soon. “A$AP Forever,” along with “Distorted Records” and “Above” explore the new sounds we should expect on the project. “I prefer to experiment and have my crowd grow with me and to reach new crowds. I don’t just rap—I actually make music,” he relayed to GQ Style in October 2017. “That’s why it takes time. These sonics represent me.”

[Intro: A$AP Rocky]
Gang! Gang! Gang!
They talkin’ down on my name, don’t let ’em run off with the name
Man I just run with the gang, A$AP boys came with the flame
Gang! Gang! They talkin’ down on the gang
They wanna rep with the name but this ain’t no regular name
Gang! Gang! They tryna run with the name
I might pull up with three K but I do not fuck with no Klan

[Chorus: A$AP Rocky]
Gang! Gang! Them boys not flexin’ the same
I’m done with adjustin’ to fame, pull up on your set, leave a stain
Gang! Gang! I tell her come fuck with the gang
I tell ’em don’t fuck with the gang, it’s time to fuck up the whole game!

[Verse: A$AP Rocky]
Come fuck with the Mob, shout out to the Lords and the Gods
In love with my bitch ’cause she bi
My ice like the stars, I tell that bitch, “Cover your eyes
Cause fuckin’ with me, you go blind”
She losin’ her mind, we kiss to Frank Ocean and Blonde
Convincin’ my bitch to go blonde
Was born in the dark, I can’t even open my blinds
On Yams and that’s word to my mom
Margiela Mad Man with cases I’m still tryna beat
A bunch of shit from a long time ago
The bigger they are, the harder they fall
Like dominos, nigga, Geronimos
When it’s my time to go, adios, vamonos
Flacko no Dominicano but eat the tostones with platanos
Dealing with life and its highs and lows
I’m just pimpin’ like I’m supposed
I guess it’s called livin’, shit I suppose
I’m on my live alone, die VLONE
You talk about spending or buyin’ clothes
I’m ’bout my business but I’m alone
I still had the vision when I was broke
Fuckin’ on bitches and foreign hoes
Flyin’ out womens to borin’ shows
I pray to God I don’t overdose
I put A$AP on my tat
I put New York on the map
I put the gang on the flame
They gon’ remember the name
They robbin’ boys for the chain
I got Goyard by the sack
I got the boof by the pack
I fucked your boo in her back

[Chorus: A$AP Rocky]
Gang! Gang! Them boys not flexing the same
I’m done with adjusting to fame, pull up on your set, leave a stain
Gang! Gang! I tell her come fuck with the gang
I tell ’em don’t fuck with the gang, it’s time to fuck up the whole game!
(Game, game, game, game)

[Bridge: A$AP Rocky & Khloe Anna]
Gang, gang
They tryna front on the gang, they gon’ remember my name
True to truth somehow (Gang, gang)
But never truly lied at all, then and now
They tryna front on the gang
Truth somehow
Gang, A$AP boys come with the flame
But never truly lied at all, then and now
True to truth somehow
But never truly lied at all, then and now

[Outro: Khloe Anna & Moby]
True to truth somehow
But never truly lied at all, then and now
True to truth somehow
But never truly lied at all, then and now
True to truth somehow
But never truly lied at all, then and now
True to truth somehow
But never truly lied at all, then and now
In my dreams, I’m dying all the time
True to truth somehow
But never truly lied at all
Then I wake, it’s kaleidoscopic mind
But never truly lied at all
But never truly lied at all, then and now
I never meant to hurt you (then and now)
I never meant to lie

Today, a new NYC legend in the making turns the Play anthem “Porcelain” into a trippy feast. A$AP Rocky is marvelous on “A$AP Forever,” a strong statement wherein he finds comfort in being a famously fashionable hero on an international scale.

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