Sunday, May 27, 2018

TESTING: MY THOUGHTS

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I know I promised a post on TESTING a few nights ago on Twitter, and ever since I've been receiving texts from friends asking me how I feel about this album!!

I apologize for being a little late to the party as I decided to cram all my school work till the very last minute (as always).

Lets get to it!
A$AP Rocky's last album dates back to 2015 (AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP), and just like everyone else online, I've been waiting for new music to drop. 

I think something that a lot of people can agree on, when it comes to respecting an artist like A$AP Rocky, is that there is never a rush to put out bullshit tracks. 

"People are scared to test new sounds, so they go with what’s current, ‘cause it’s the easy thing to do. I don’t just rap – I actually make music. That’s why it takes time. These sonics represent me."

When listening to TESTING, you understand the production of the album, and how Rocky simply wanted to take time to grow as an artist. The album includes personal songs as well as a few samples within songs. 

Like any other post, I'm going to share some of my favorites from the album and share a little insight on things I've learned from the songs. The album features 15 tracks and is worth a listen, even if you might not be familiar with Flacko.

PURITY
The final track on the album, and to be honest the perfect way to end the album. The song features Frank Ocean, and is one of the most personal tracks. If you listen closely to the lyrics, the track talks about a busy lifestyle and it taking over the important things like time with loved ones and even talks about fame ruining relationships with family. The track also features a sample of Lauryn Hill's "I Gotta Find Peace of Mind". 
"Lose someone every release, it feels like the curse is in me (A$AP)
Press is gone and I grief, I share with you my peace."

FUKK SLEEP
The track talks about how A$AP Rocky went from having nothing to being ontop. Joyner Lucas' "FYM" is a sample on the track. I was surprised to see Flacko featuring FKA Twigs, and definitely presented a new sound to the album.
"Got new bags under my eyelids, new bags up in my closets."

BUCK SHOTS
As the title suggests, the track discusses guns and violence. Flacko features Playboi Carti on the track. I really like the use of transition between both artists throughout the song. 
"Buck shots, left this man dead in the damn lot."

PRAISE THE LORD (DA SHINE)
Listening to the lyrics the song seems to be discussing the act of being patient and getting to the top only for people to envy you. You focus on yourself and live your life without letting people in your past get in your way. The song features Skepta and includes DMX's words on "Who We Be."
"Give thanks, get fresh, praise the lord then finesse, bless."

I think these albums really makes you appreciate an artist when they take time with production. I had to listen to the album about 3 times to fully get into it, but it I highly recommend you take time looking into the production and mind behind creating an album. Oftentimes people are quick to rush through it and demand more!!




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