Recording information: Clockwork Studios, Los Angeles, Van Nuys, CA; Deuce Mobile Studios; Downtown Studios, New York, NY; Fight Klub Studios, New York, NY; Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank, CA; Mondo Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Noble Street Studios, Toronto, Canada; Parkland Playhouse, Parkland, FL; Quad Studios, New York, NY; Studio 16-18; TDE Red Room, Los Angeles, CA; Y.O.L.O. Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Phil Knott.
Even without an official debut, rapper A$AP Rocky spent 2012 performing alongside Rihanna at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, playing Lana Del Rey's husband in the singer's "National Anthem" video, and landing a spot in a television commercial for the popular video game FIFA Soccer 13. For 2013, he's doing it real big with Santigold, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, and Yelawolf as his guests on this official debut. Production comes from the likes of Clams Casino, Danger Mouse, and Jim Jonsin, but look for "Wild for the Night" to think outside the hip-hop box with some help from dubstep superstar Skrillex.
Rolling Stone (p.58) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Like all great sequels, the album ups the ante without losing what made the original compelling."
Entertainment Weekly (p.77) - "While Rocky spends ample time laying out his life philosophy on heady, hazy thumpers...his major-label debut proves he's more than a magnetic hedonist."
CMJ - "[H]e draws from a variety of classic hip-hop regions and eras while still retaining an interest in modern pop trends..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Rocky's rhyme talents are impressively dextrous, flipping between complex cadences and flows with unerring accuracy."