A$AP Rocky x VICE: “…based on elements from Rocky’s top five favorite movies: Scarface, Belly, Enter the Dragon, the Warriors, and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”
A$AP Rocky :: Wassup (prod. by Clams Casino)
so this is it: the end of music. where success is merely the means to an end for money-making. i hope he someday sees himself as a corporate puppet living in a fantasy celebrity world.
what are the values promoted here? fucking women, smoking endless amounts of weed, putting gold in your mouth, drinking awful beer, driving status symbol cars. you make it as a ‘musician’ just to suck the blood of vice magazine and become a face for advertisers.
and don’t try to frame this as parody of rap music either. when one plays to all the cliches, it doesn’t function as parody whatsoever.
‘a$ap rocky’ also uses this video to show off his awful populist taste in all kinds of ~products~
sorry if this rant is rather incoherent, just trying to reiterate a bunch of issues we all already know about (i’m not being unique, here)
‘a$ap rocky,’ I hope you get hit by a ferrari.
This dude’s neckbeard caught on fire.
he’s not overthinking it….it’s never just music..it’s imagery,it’s emotions…there’s more to life than the putting the word “just” before things to make them simple or meaningless.
I can agree with most people’s complaints about the lyrics, but honestly as a whole this mixtape is quite interesting sonically. Seriously needs to make a video for brand new guys…
also, im fromt he south, so despite the lyrical depravity the references to Houston, Memphis and N.O. are cool. And the flow of the whole thing is pretty solid.
“fucking women, smoking endless amounts of weed, putting gold in your mouth, drinking awful beer, driving status symbol cars”
That’s pretty much what I wish my life was like.
You’re a square. The kid isn’t even signed to a major label. There aren’t any “corporate” people whispering to do this or do that. This IS underground.
You’re stuck in a different decade.
8 steps to perfecting the death of content. somebody just MAINLINE me the new el-p.
geeze those are some harsh words….
honestly I think this video is dope.
Honestly. . . A$AP Rocky over OFWGKTA any and everyday. Blending of culture and style. . .Dope! DAT PMF!
I will never understand the whole indie acceptance of rap. The other day I was reliving my elementary and middle school days of loving rap music (Dre, Snoop, Ice Cube, Warren G, NWA, Cypress Hill, etc.). No progress has been made since then. Nothing new has been done. It’s worse than ever (not that it was ever anything more than a bunch of egotistical scumbags talking about how bigga scumbags they are over other people’s music). Does catering to this make you more open-minded and worldly? Am I missing something because I let my sense of disgust get in the way of enjoying some heavily recycled rhythms and rhyme schemes/content. Does listening to it make you feel as cool as these assholes who rap think they are? Why do people pay these people money so they can brag about how much money they have? Is a guy like Beck a better rapper than any of these hood rats. WTf bro. W.T.F. Je-sus.
not sure if you’re trolling as usual, but go listen to shabazz palaces or clipse or schoolboy q or freddie gibbs or k.r.i.t. or main attrakionz and get out of here with that borderline racist nonsense
I’ve listened to at least one track by each of those guys and I am not at all impressed. I am honestly curious though in your opinion what the dudes you mentioned bring to the table. I realize my post is both closed-minded and prejudiced, but other than some slightly less infuriating words and subjects, I don’t hear much else going on that justifies all of the attention and respect these guys get versus people who compose their own entirely original songs and not just a bunch of rhyming words over other people’s music. Enlighten this troll, bro. Call me on my bullshit. Or don’t. W/e f/e. Just trying to gain some perspective from outside of my highly isolated and priveleged whiteboy world.
Saying that hip-hop hasn’t progressed since the early 90′s just shows that you know nothing about hip-hop at all.
No one’s going to change your mind because you’re in a place where you’re unwilling to allow that to happen. You pointed it out yourself. If you can’t distinguish between Shabazz Palaces and early ’90s rap based on the production alone then you’re being willfully ignorant. Listen to “An Echo from the Hosts that Profess Infinitum”. That’s something completely alien compared to anything, rap or otherwise, in the past twenty years.
Yes, I’ll agree indie blogs have been weirdly embracing casual psychopaths (OFWG) and detached rich guys (Kanye, Drake), but that’s usually because they’re offering music that’s either challenging from a production standpoint (Kanye, Drake) or from a lyrical / character perspective (OFWG). If you’re serious about being disgusted by some rap then I don’t see why you wouldn’t search out other options. Artists like Kendrick Lamar, Chip Tha Ripper, Cities Aviv, or even Das Racist offer something beyond the stereotypical “scumbag” you rail against. The Weeknd even parodies that character, although, he’s more pop/R&B than rap.
The point here is, you’re just looking for examples to confirm your bias. I could do the same thing with indie rock by finding artists that confirm an idea that they’re all shallow trust-fund hipsters causing the moral decay in the fabric of society or some other such elitist bullshit. You don’t find anything but scumbags because you aren’t looking at anything but the scumbags.
yeah, honestly. there are PLENTY of bands that make basic ass boring indie rock, and legions of others that make boring rock overall that doesn’t do anything but copy other styles (from tokyo police club to cash cash to nickelback) and for you to say rap has done nothing is just annoying. part of rap’s appeal IS that they’re openly proud, and it has to do with the culture of coming from a rougher environment in the beginning (poverty, etc). listen to madlib, jedi mind tricks, jay electronica, erykah badu (though she sings it has very strong hip hop elements), mos def, mf doom, the list goes on. for you to just be ignorant and project your ridiculous boxed in opinions without expanding your musical palette (you said you were reliving your supposedly elementary school days of loving rap… my parents wouldn’t even let me watch mtv/bet).
And then to diss old school hip hop too?! A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, Wu Tang Clan… you’re ridiculous, man.
Presheeate the knowledge drop. I guess it’s the lack of musicality/musicianship that turns me off of hip hop/rap/whatever. I’m sure there are exceptions, but…I haven’t heard any. While I know I am willfully ignorant, my main ‘beef’ is with Rick Ross and Drake and similar artists getting huge hype and respect (e.g. 8.0+ scores on p4k) on indie blogs. Esp. in the case of Rick Ross…really? Really? Also, calling a hip hop album the best thing to come out in an entire year is just mindboggling to me, but I don’t respect the culture or find it impressive or enjoyable to listen to. Just hard to keep an open mind and identify with those of different opinions. Everything is everything tho and we’re all gonna die and it’s 2012. Can Kanye save us? Can talented underground hip hop artists rise up and change the world with their clever rhymes? Time will tell. But time does not exist. Weird.
Saw Shabazz live recently, changed my world… maybe getting out to see these artists will do the same for you.
Kick rocks if you don’t like the music here.
If you don’t get why someone would pick Black up as their favorite album of 2011, you don’t get much unfortunately. You know who else I’ve encountered besides, as Chris said, close-minded, borderline racists who didn’t like the Shabazz album? People that are into mainstream, commercial shit-hop. It wasn’t “hard” enough for them, lol. So that should tell you that those guys are doing something well outside of the mainstream stagnant, lame hip-hop you’re talking about.
For that matter, pretty all the hip-hop artists GvB/Chris posts are (sure he may throw up a Drake or Jay-Z track now and then, but Drake at least sometime tries to do interesting stuff, and if you can’t appreciate Jay-Z, what can you?). If you knew anything about hip-hop to be able to speak about, you’d get that.
I don’t get it because I don’t like any hip hop at all, bro. I listened to the recommended track from Shabazz Palaces, and while I guess it’s different and ‘weird’ music-wise, I didn’t find anything appealing about it except that little xylophone-y part in the middle. The music is just not interesting to me. And I read those lyrics and they aren’t really either. Guess I just don’t get it and probably never will. I guess the bar is really just that low when stuff like this is considered ‘mind-blowing’ or ‘the peak of hip hop’. Bummer. Let me know when something good comes out. I’ll give it a fair go.
you ever consider that maybe you have terrible taste? curious to hear what you do like
I considered it, but because I’m myself, I actually have the best taste in the universe, which consists solely of myself. The logic’s hard to beat. I posted my favorite songs and albums of the year under your best of list. I don’t think all of the artists are necessarily super talented or the songs original or amazing, but I dig what I dig, and you dig what you dig. Unlike p4k you have an open forum where people can come together and agree or be dicks and disagree. Sometimes I like to challenge opinions when I don’t get them. It’s not necessarily going to change my views or my tastes, but it’s worth a try. Hipster runnoff is not allowed at work, so I gotta be an immature asshole somewhere. Soz bro. I do thoroughly dig your Grimes and jj coverage, I’ll say that.
How on earth is it possible to like jj without liking ANY hiphop. Almost everything theyve released recently is directly influenced by everything you hate.
I guess I should start using a name instead of initials so I don’t get called bro like I’m a dude.
Kitsch is the absolute denial of shit.
Score another for Clammy Clams.
i think this is a great video and that is just because i fucking like it. very simple. and i love weed too. and money. yeah! i’d like 2b worldly
Its just music. Don’t overthink it.
more money more weed more naked women weirder clothes druggier beats this shit is pure excess it’s a genre and it’s post-racial and if you don’t like it i feel bad for you cause it’s fun as fuck you should listen with headphones
Truth. A$AP is the shit. Haters gonna hate.
You hit the nail on the head, noslo.
Interesting thread to read.
Who ever said any of you had to be accepting of a certain lifestyle? Until you give into or try replicate what the words are saying it IS JUST music. There are different genres of rap, as there are in rock. I can listen to A$AP Rocky and then jam Nas’ Illmatic or Rakim. No one passed out a crown to any one for lyricism. It’s a video with dope visuals that are a replication of things and lifestyles being lived right now AND in the past.. Whether you think its not or are unwilling to accept that is on you. Right or wrong people do want to smoke weed, dress fresh, fuck bitches, and drive fancy cars. You know that CEO on wallstreet? Yea, that’s him. You know that guy playing professional sports? Yea, that’s him. You know that kid in college? Yea thats them!
it’s never “just” music.
absolute crap!! even those words are worth more than this song!
Don’t listen to em Chris. Love your diversity of music. Keep it that way, please. Go Supes. Sonicsgate.org
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