We’ve been waiting for a new A$AP Rocky album for sometime now. 3 years removed from At Long Last A$AP, he’s finally arrived with his latest album, Testing. If you’ve been keeping up with him, he’s dropped soundcloud loosies here and there, a video or two and none of it sounds like traditional Rocky. Put that with the title, Testing, and you’ll understand this is A$AP venturing off into a whole new world of sounds.
Testing is just that: a test. If you’re looking for old Rocky this isn’t for you, if you’re looking for anything you’ve ever heard from him, this for the most part isn’t that. There are a lot of unorthodox things to unpack here: Lauryn Hill’s sample on “Purity,” which features Frank Ocean, Blocboy JB’s ad-libs on “OG Beeper,” and Skepta’s amazing feature on “Praise The Lord.”
There are a number of stand outs here. “Brotha Man,” featuring French Montana, “Hun43rd,” “Black Tux, White Collar,” and many more. With a test there are a few misses, so you can skip “CALLDROPS” and “Distorted Records,” but other than that Testing is what we needed from Rocky. He wasn’t scared to take chances, and it turned out to be another great move for him.
RIP YAM$, he’d be proud.