LONG.LIVE.A$AP

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Excellent but explicit rap debut; lots of iffy content.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

LONG.LIVE.A$AP is an ode to self-promotion and swagger, though occasionally Rocky touches on socially conscious topics.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rocky prides himself on being selfish, egotistical, confrontational, and hypersexual -- not someone you want your kids to look up to.

Violence

There are plenty of lyrics about guns and violent acts, but that's more a by-product of the hip-hop lexicon than the focus of the songs; it's not exactly "gangsta" rap.

Sex

Pretty much every sex act is graphically described or alluded to; Rocky presents himself as the ultimate womanizer.

Language

A plethora of vulgarities throughout the album, from the hit single "F--kin' Problems" (the hook: "I love bad bitches, that's my f--kin' problem")  to "PMW" (short for P---y, Money, Weed) and everywhere else, expect to hear every curse word in the book ("N" word, "c--k," "motherf----r," etc.), and probably some you never even knew existed. Even the "clean" version of the album is probably dirtier than what you'd hope your kids would listen to, but that's fairly typical of the hip-hop world.

Consumerism

As with many rap releases, the general theme here seems to be acquiring and spending money. A$AP is notoriously fashion-obsessed, so unsurprisingly he drops brand names left and right (especially in the designer-naming track "Fashion Killa"), including Audemars Piguet, Margiela, Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, Hummer, Dolce & Gabbana, and Hennessy.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Constant references to smoking weed and drinking expensive alcohol; glorifies drug use (including "sniffing cocaine") in basically every song. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while A$AP Rocky is a good rapper making very interesting music filled with a lot of ideas, his songs are also completely explicit and materialistic, promoting a life of excess and hedonism. Pretty much every curse word ("N" word, "c--k," "motherf----r," etc.) is found on LONG.LIVE.A$AP, as well as graphic descriptions of every sex act. There are constant references to drugs and alcohol, and getting high one way or the other is celebrated in every song. While the album may be excellent for adult rap fans, it isn't appropriate for kids and younger teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydoe j. March 26, 2017

is it music?

obnoxious beats filled with deep bass hurts your ears and the music does not make sense at times.
Adult Written byJared Galczynski May 19, 2014

Actually long live ASAP.

Long die Common Sense Media's controversy.
Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 March 23, 2014

Great album from the great rapper A$AP Rocky

This album is pretty amazing, but be warned parents because it features pervasive language that is used in lots of forms. When I say forms I mean in the context... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byThisSiteIsStupidASAP March 8, 2013

Yo.

Dope as f--k! Don't censor everything from your kids, its just going to make them want to listen to it more.

What's the story?

Harlem's A$AP Rocky is a vulgar and cocky rising star trying to turn himself into a hip-hop icon, enlisting the hottest contemporary rap stars for features on his major label debut, including Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and 2Chainz. Following more than a year of Internet hype and popular mixtapes, A$AP's first proper album further explores his "pretty motherf---a" persona, a character who's all about "swag" and getting rich and famous. Now that he actually is rich and famous, the boasting and muddled social criticism seems more relevant and honest to the image Rocky has created for himself.

Is it any good?

Rocky and his cohorts continue to utilize the ubiquitous "trap" style of rap that dominates the hip-hop charts currently. The beats are unique and interesting, bass-heavy and psychedelic, made by some of the top names in the business, including Clams Casino, Danger Mouse, and Skrillex. There are plenty of moments of introspection, and many more that are just fun wordplay over deep-tuned kick drums and swirling vocal samples. Easily A$AP's strongest effort so far. Too bad it's not appropriate for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the trend of having guest stars on albums. Why do you think A$AP Rocky featured so many of the other biggest stars in rap on his debut album? 

  • What do you think of the fact that he collaborated with electronic music titan -- but hip-hop novice -- Skrillex? What does each get out of the partnership?

  • Is it necessary to have such graphic sex and violence in hip-hop lyrics? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: A$AP Rocky
  • Release date: January 15, 2013
  • Type: Album
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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