A.L.L.A. (At Long Last ASAP)

A.L.L.A. (At Long Last ASAP)

by A$AP Rocky

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Overview

A.L.L.A. (At Long Last ASAP)

Graduating from good weed to good-trippin' LSD, rapper A$AP Rocky tunes in, drops out, and turns down for what on At. Long. Last. A$AP, a positive and psychedelic LP that is -- due to the death of A$AP Yams -- touched with the hippie version of wistful. Yams shares the executive producer credit with Danger Mouse, and there's plenty of evidence most of the album was finished before Yams passed, but the A$AP Mob's creative leader's death certainly bookends this effort, beginning with the sorrowful and sober opener, "Holy Ghost," an O Brother, Where Art Thou tribute that's just as wry, epic, and grave. On the closing highlight "Back Home" with guest Mos Def, Yams is sampled, giving an ambitious pep talk to the Mob before a railcar sound effect ushers him into the hereafter, and yet, the center of the album is entirely Rocky's own journey, one the returning listener can link to with murky stompers such as the Juicy J and UGK feature "Wavybone." Solo cut "Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2)" might be brother A$AP Ferg's hit single "Work" run backwards, but the rest of the album pushes the Mob sound into new territories, including the uptown and funky "Everyday," a Rod Stewart and Miguel feature that feels more like a Mark Ronson cut than Rocky's. It doesn't sound out of place, as this is the ambitious effort that offers Rocky's own "Strawberry Fields" in "L$D," an elaborate and glorious number where a woman's love and grace are a metaphor for psychedelics. Both are life-changing in the rapper's eyes, and as such, strip clubs now need more challenging anthems like "Electric Body," a bent and bent-over number featuring ScHoolboy Q. Lil Wayne is here for the swaggering "M'$" ("But my neck is gold, the rest is froze/Sex and hoes, best of both"), which comes off like a 45 got knocked out of its spindle and the earth's core is now a subwoofer, while the Kanye West bragger "Jukebox Joints" ("Man everything basic to Ye Guevara/That means Saint Laurent is my Zara") is both soulful enough to be on the Stones Throw label and strange enough to be on the Yeezus album. Too many tracks, too many guests, and too many ideas are all complaints that could be entertained, but like the drug LSD doesn't care that work starts at 9 a.m. tomorrow, the all-encompassing A.L.L.A. can't be bothered with life's tight schedule. The bold effort unfolds as it wants and deserves, so think of the album as A$AP in Wonderland, or the cloud rap genre revived and improved, or a sunshine kaleidoscope album à la Prince's Around the World in a Day that also comes with a touching and bittersweet tribute.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/2015
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888430777521
catalogNumber: 307775
Rank: 22846

Album Credits

Performance Credits

A$AP Rocky   Primary Artist
Victor Axelrod   Keyboards
Will Miller   Trumpet
Mark Ronson   Bass,Keyboards
Dan Auerbach   Guitar
Jim Jonsin   Keyboards
Hector Delgado   Keyboards
A-Cyde   Vocals
Christina Milan   Background Vocals
2 Chainz   Vocals
Yasiin Bey   Vocals
King Kanobby   Vocals
Carter Lang   Bass
FNZ   Keyboards
Theola Borden   Vocals
Joe Fox   Guitar,Vocals
Michael Burman   Guitar
Anthony Pavel   Vocals
Angel "Onhel" Apontel   Vocals

Technical Credits

Lowell Fulson   Composer
Leonard Cohen   Composer
Bobby Caldwell   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
David Bentley   Composer
Mike Dean   Composer,Producer
Bobbie Gentry   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Lawrence Muggerud   Composer
Pimp C   Composer
Darryl Washington   Composer
William Robinson   Composer
James Scheffer   Composer
Earl Randle   Composer
Melvin Steals   Composer
Tom Elmhirst   Additional Production
Bryan Leach   Executive Producer
Senen Reyes   Composer
Juicy J   Producer,Executive Producer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer
Che Pope   Composer,Producer
Jordan Houston   Composer
Axel Morgan   Composer
THC   Additional Production
Danger Mouse   Producer,Executive Producer,Additional Production
Mark Ronson   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Ben Nichols   Composer
Jim Jonsin   Programming,Producer
DJ Khalil   Additional Production
Lawrence Seymore   Composer
Yvonne Mitchell   Composer
Jeff Bhasker   Additional Production
James Fauntleroy   Composer
Brian Burton   Composer
Hector Delgado   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Additional Production
Mos Def   Composer
S.I.K.   Producer
DaHonorable C.N.O.T.E.   Producer
Todd Monfalcone   Engineer
Noah Goldstein   Engineer
Hudson Mohawke   Additional Production
Emile Haynie   Producer,drum programming
Nikolas Marzouca   Engineer
Beatriz Artola   Engineer
Dwayne Carter   Composer
Bernard Freeman   Composer
Daniel Lynas   Composer
Edwin Perez   Composer
Naja Rosa   Composer
Frans Mernick   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Additional Production
Rhys Downing   Engineer
Louis Freeze   Composer
Kim Cannon   Composer
Miguel   Engineer
Carlton Mays   Composer
Anders Holm   Composer
Austen Jux Chandler   Engineer
Michael Mule   Composer
A$AP Rocky   Producer,Executive Producer,Additional Production
Gabe D'Amico   Composer
Eric Cardona   Composer
Bryan Ujueta   Composer
Nayvadius Wilburn   Composer
Isaac de Boni   Composer
Miguel Pimentel   Composer
Rakim Mayers   Composer,Producer
Chace Johnson   Executive Producer
Steven "A$AP Yams" Rodriguez   Executive Producer
FNZ   Programming,Producer
Mervin Steals   Composer
Mario Loving   Composer,Producer
Nesbitt Wesonga   Composer,Producer
Joe Fox   Composer
Michael Burman   Composer
Malcolm Martin   Composer
Jason Staniulis   Engineer
David Colquit   Composer
Riccardo Damian   Engineer
Awge   Executive Producer
Zachary Yudin   Composer
Vulkan The Krusader   Producer
Udbhay Gupta   Composer
Thelonius Martin   Producer
Teddy Walton   Composer,Additional Production
Ricci Rierra   Composer
Rebel Rock   Producer
Rameses Magnus-George   Composer
Quincey Hanley   Composer
Plu2o Nash   Producer
Michele Lamy   Art Direction
Malcolm Lawson-Stribling   Composer
Kenta Yoneksaka   Engineer
Elmo O'Connor   Composer
Dicky Sulaksono   Composer
Ddot Omen   Producer
Andrea Estella Hernandez   Composer
Alex Dadras   Composer

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