Thursday, October 13, 2011

ASAP Rocky

"He still returns to Harlem regularly, though, and he is still a New York rapper, albeit a new breed. Classic New York formalism, the style practically invented by ASAP Rocky’s namesake, is a dying language, on the verge of extinction. Given that, it makes sense that the next New York rapper to experience widespread success would leave that sound behind."

"It’s worth remembering that great New York rappers have borrowed from the South (and elsewhere) for years, whether it was Biggie Smalls’s bouncier flows, Jay-Z lifting lines from Bun B of UGK, Cam’ron remaking the New Orleans anthem’s “I’m Bout It, Bout It,” or more. Now comes ASAP Rocky, mindful of that past, and also moving beyond it, and slowly showing New York its future."