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Live. Love. A$AP - A$AP Rocky

Live. Love. A$AP is the first project released by Harlem native A$AP Rocky.

It's not the typical New York album you'd expect from 2011.

It's impossible not to notice the West Coast and South's influence, mostly Houston, on Rocky's sound. A new hip hop era (Cloud Rap) was upon us, and Rocky was the pioneer.

Rappers were growing up in a new environment characterized by fewer and fewer barriers that could interfere with the diffusion of different sounds and cultures across the states.

The various influences are identifiable not only in the lyrics but also in the productions.

A key element behind this mixtape's success was Clams Casino, a very talented producer, which Rocky had the fortune to collaborate with.

Some of these productions are fantastic: spacey, airy, hard-hitting like "Bass" definitely a highlight of the LP.

There are, however, some weaknesses like Rocky's shallow effort regarding lyricism and the aging process of some of those songs.

Nonetheless, some sounds and ideas experimented on this album have been perfected over these years by other artists, showing how influential Rocky has been in the American hip hop scene.

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