This month buzzier-than-thou rapper A$AP Rocky released his major label debut, Long.Live.A$AP. You may have heard. We’ve thought long and hard about the album, and want you to have the optimal Rocky listening experience. Among its tracks you’ll find several tropes and repetitive aspects. A$AP Rocky is not the most technically-gifted lyricist, and he often repeats both lyrics and cadences. There are also stylistic devices that poke their braided-heads up again and again, similar to such stylizations on the Live.Love.A$AP mixtape (the pitched-down vocals, the double-time flow, the catchphrase-branding of lines like “pretty motherfucker”). These characteristics make the new album perfect for a drinking game. So let’s get started.
– A$AP Rocky Lights Up The City
– Meet the A$AP Mob: Talking To Ant, Ferg, J. Scott, Nast, Twelvy, and Yams
– 1 liter of Sprite
– 1 bottle of codeine syrup (let us know if you know where to get some! Our hook-up is in jail…)
– Excessive amounts of hard liquor, beer
– 2 big loud speakers
– 1 even-bigger subwoofer
– 1 group of friends (ideally more than 3 people)
1. Every time A$AP mentions high-fashion, take a drink.
A$AP Rocky has established himself as a fashion-minded artist in the same vein as Kanye West. He was even scouted by GQ on multiple occasions to both offer insight on last years’ European Fashion Week and talk about his own fashion interests. When he goes to 106 & Park, they have him critique wardrobes worn on recent red carpets on some ole Joan Rivers shit. He’s been on the cover of Japanese Vogue, which is about 10000000 times cooler than all the other Vogues. Rap Game Lana Del Rey.
Key Tracks: “Fasion Killa,” “Hell”
2. Take a sip of “Dirty Sprite” (Sprite and Codeine) every time A$AP mentions syrup.
Rocky gained internet prominence partially due to his codeine-slurred track “Purple Swag” and is arguably one of the most lean-friendly rappers of the past year this side of Juicy J. DJ Screw smiles down from Heaven on his disciple. And on this part of drinking game, which will put you to sleep or give you cardiac arrest by track four if you sip too big. Be easy.
Key Tracks: “Wild For The Night” (“My niggas getting right/ Smoking weed with dirty Sprite”); “Fashion Killa” (that Balenciaga, I’m sipping purple syrup/ Come be my Aunt Jemimah”); “PMW (All I Really Need)”
3. Every time A$AP’s voice is pitched-down, take a drink.
Truth be told, every rapper these days could have a drinking game built around them. Imagine taking a pop every time new era Kanye said “Huhhhhh” or Rick Ross barked “RUH.” There’s even a website dedicated to cataloging these soundbites. Rocky’s signature sound is vocally-slowed “Uhhhh.” He uses it nearly once per song.
Key Tracks: Almost all of them, starting with opener “Long Live A$AP.”
4. Each time Rocky uses a high-pitched cadence, take a shot of Ciroc.
Similar to Rule 3’s logic, Rocky often shouts lyrics with an upwards inflection – “Biiiitch! Hop up on my diiiiick!” We use Ciroc as the liquor here, because rap has basically just become one long Ciroc commercial anyway. Observe.
Key Tracks: “Goldie,” “Fuckin’ Problems.”
5. Each time Rocky calls himself “pretty,” take a shot and an Instagram selfie.
As we’ve mentioned, Rocky is style-conscious, image-conscious, and undeniably a bit self-conscious (choice lyric from an early mixtape: “”the only thing bigger than my ego is my mirror”). He be “that pretty motherfucker,” as he told us on the hype-starting “Peso.” What’s more vain than displaying your silly hedonism via social media? Thus, we encourage listeners Instagram or Facebook their drinking game triumphs with this rule.
Key Tracks: “Long Live A$AP,” “Jodye”
6. Pour one out every time Rocky references another rapper
A$AP is a melting-pot rapper. His style is an amalgam of various cities (the Diplomat-derived cockiness of Harlem, the syrup ‘n slurred flow by way of Memphis, Houston’s chopped and screw scene, etc.) and his influences (Jay-Z and Three Six Mafia, among others) are clear. Rocky is a good listener and uses his taste to curate how he projects his own rap image. He even gives a shout-out to a few influences on this album, such as Andre Ice 3000. If you’re feeling especially bold, pour one out for SpaceGhostPurrp who used to be tight with Rocky before the two rappers’ entourages got into a fight. SpaceGhostPurrp is sadly missing from this release.
Key Tracks: “Goldie” (Raekwon’s Cuban Linx referenced), Andre Ice 300 on “Wild For The Night” and “Ghetto Symphony.” Ol’ Dirty Bastard referenced on “LongLiveA$AP, Busta Rhymes, Eazy E and Diddy hat-tipped on “Suddenly.”
7. The last person to make the Wu-Tang Clan “W” with his hands when Rocky says “Shimmy Shimmy Yeah” must take a drink.
As explained in the previous rule, Rocky gives shout-outs to his influences and favorite rappers. He often gives ODB of the Wu-Tang Clan a head-nod by shouting “Shimmy Shimmy Yeah” in several songs. If you can’t Wu, you best drink.
Key Tracks: “LongLiveA$AP,” “Fuckin’ Problems.”
8. Each time Rocky says a word twice in a row, take two drinks.
Rocky often uses the tactic of repeating words for effect. He says “gets gets” “bothered bothered” and other words twice, often as a segue into his double-time flow. When this device occurs, you can’t just take one sip– make it a pair.
Key Tracks: “Pain,” “Suddenly,” many others.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 29, 2013