Lord$ Have Mercy

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Love or hate the pretty motherfucker, A$AP Rocky seems to make good on his promises.  He delivered a stellar tape with last year’s LiveLoveA$AP, a project sold strictly on word of mouth and a few cameos.  And since he’s been hyping a full on project from his crew.  Last night saw the web drop of Lord$ Never Worry, the first proper release from the A$AP Mob.

The tape is exactly what you should expect from this stylish young crew.  There’s some substance, some filler and some heavyweight punches.  Like their leader, the A$AP Mob comes hard like there’s something to prove.  The tape carries that chip on its shoulder from start to finish.

Like most high profile releases, the features are impressive.  Rocky and Jim Jones creep on “Freeze”, brought to eerie life by Clams Casino.  Danny Brown and Gunplay lend heavy hands to “Coke and White Bitches 2” while newcomers Flatbush Zombies freak out on the fantastic “Bath Salt”.  More importantly, the Mob show they can stand alone, with or without Rocky.  Ant, Twelvyy, Ferg and Nast each take turns in the spotlight, and none disappoint.

New crews seem to be a dime a dozen these days, yet staying power is the issue.  Unlike Tyler and company’s Odd Future, who chose to bombard you with shock and awe, the Mob balances skills and style like a young, more fashion forward Wu.  All in all, there’s nothing about the Mob we haven’t seen before.  The clothes, the weed, the lean, it’s best in show.  But they do possess an ace up their tailored sleeves, a sure fire chart climber in Rocky.  I have a feeling this is only the beginning for the Mob.  With his flair, prospering shouldn’t be an issue.  Never worry.

 

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