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New Music: A$AP Rocky- "1 Train" feat.Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.

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A$AP Rocky drops the premier track from his debut album.

New Music: A$AP Rocky-

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Looking at the tracklist for A$AP's debut Long Live A$AP there was one track that really stood out. This track made me want to hack into Rocky's computer just so I could listen to the song. If you took half the people off this song you would still have an amazing track.

The song is called "1 Train" and the feature list is about as long as the actual train car. Group tracks sometimes scare me because sometimes you can get lost in one verse or you wish to skip certain parts and listen to others. A$AP made sure that on this track there is not one verse that you want to miss. 

The song begins with a string and piano section that gives the track a dark menacing vibe to it. The idea was to paint this dark gritty track that everyone was going to hop on and do work, just like the train. A$AP kick off the track talking about how much success he has gained in such a short time. In his verse he claims "anything is better then the 1 Train." His verse leads right into Kendrick's where K.Dot continues this rapid fire rapping. His verse is a braggadocio's one, which is what Kendrick has been releasing ever since G.K.M.C. With his masterpiece finally out he is accepting that he is one of the best in rap and this is another verse that displays this.

A$AP is from N.Y. so you know that he is really in tune with the local rap scene. If you live here you know that one of the rising stars is Joey Bada$$. With his debut mixtape "1999" he signals a return to classic New York rap. His verses and beat selection are impeccable and something you would not expect from a teenager. Bada$$'s verse is a lesson in dexterity as he bends the syllables of words to create his flow and allows ever line to have character. The mic is then passed to Yelawolf, who I believe is an extremely underrated M.C. I hate to say this because I hate comparing him to another white rapper, but the flow is oddly Eminem sounding. The pacing and the attitude in which he spits the verse gives me the vibe of old school Em. Yela also uses this verse to brag about how good he is and how album sales don't mean a thing to him. 

Even one of A$AP's best buddies, Danny Brown, jumps on this track and brings his bruiser flow to the track. In my opinion this is when Brown is at his best. I enjoy his goofy songs, but behind that awful hair style and gap tooth is a guy who can spit fire. The verse is filled with jokes but the beat is so rugged the jokes fit. Action Bronson does what he always does and I'm never really impressed. Big K.R.I.T. finishes the track with one of the best verses on the song. He boasts unlike any one in the game. His verse covers he beginning his rise and how he is better than everyone else in the game. 

This is the masterpiece of Long Live A$AP and it makes me truly excited for the rest of the album. I like that this track was released now so listeners can focus on A$AP and not the features. 

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Long Live A$AP hits stores on January 15th.        


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