A$AP Mob simplified is just a clique of talented wordsmiths who probably know how to have a great time in the studio. Their chemistry is made obvious on this album, where each song feels like the Mob is playing hot potato with their flows on the beat. Generally the Mob stick to themselves, but they have some fire features on Cozy Tapes Vol. 2!
5. WHAT HAPPENS
As soon as this song begins and you hear the instrumental, you can tell it’s going to be lyrically charged rather than hyped up.
What I like most about this song, is how unique it is that the hook is longer than everyone’s verses. Each artist’s verse is about 4-5 lines before they switch off to the next rapper. Each rapper picks up where the last one left off like an improv game where they have to build on one another’s contribution. I’ve never really heard any groups do this ( if I have then I don’t remember) but it definitely makes the song really fun to listen to!
It seems like every song featuring Joey Bada$$ has a menacing beat.
Raf Simons gets serenaded by A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert and Frank Ocean on this braggadocious jam. This whole song is an excuse for each featured artist to boast about their wealth, luxury and connections.
I was surprised to see Frank Ocean on this list and expected to hear him singing but he was on his Drake flow heavy here.
Quavo really makes every song he’s on ten times better with his poppin’ ad-libs.
Rookie Uzi Vert holds his own alongside these made men as well.
Honestly, every verse on this song is better than the last!
3. FRAT RULES
“Frat Rules” sounds like one of those songs that play in a movie during a college party while someone cannonballs into a pool.
The medley of popular artists makes this song so hot to me! Matter of fact, it’s not surprising that Big Sean is on this track (this is definitely his type of instrumental.).
A$AP Mob’s songs seem to be very unique, because they’ll have more than one artist on each verse. This really gives their songs such an amusing and lively feel. Before you have a chance to switch songs, someone else hops on the beat breathing new life onto the track.
I was able to replay this song over and over without getting sick of it!
This song is very chill compared to some of the more bass heavy songs on this album. The song also has a more intimate sound than many of the other songs because you only hear two artists throughout it: A$AP Twelvyy and Zack.
Twelvyy does all the serious rapping, and Zack provides the next dimension with auto tuned ad-libs. It’s no surprise Twelvyy would “stay Coogi down to the socks,” given that he’s from NY and reps it hard; of course he would pay homage to Biggie.
After hearing Twelvyy’s album, 12, last month in August, I’ve become a fan. I’m glad to see some consistency because this track definitely does not disappoint!
Lit! Lit! Lit! If you can listen to this song without throwing them bows, are you even alive? I mean this song is complete with early 2000’s “What Mean The World To You” “oohs” and “owwwws”, so you already know it’s a ratchet anthem.
Lil Yachty kicks off “Bahamas” followed by Key!, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Schoolboy Q, Smooky Margiela, and A$AP Twelvyy wraps it up. With so many hot artists on this track, it’s no surprise that it’s such a banger. If there’s one thing A$AP Mob does well whenever they all collaborate together, it’s making their songs feel like one big party.
I’ve never been to the Bahamas, but if you like booming bass then you can’t go wrong with this track!
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. SKOOL BUS (5/5)
2. PERRY AYE (3/5)
3. PLEASE SHUT UP (4.5/5)
4. BLOWIN MINDS (4.6/5)
5. BLACK CARD (4.8/5)
6. WALK ON WATER (5/5)
7. BYF (4.7/5)
8. GET THE BAG (5/5)
9. BAHAMAS (5/5)
11. PRINCIPAL DARYL CHOAD (3/5)
12. FRAT RULES (5/5)
13. FYBR (3/5)
14. FEELS SO GOOD (4/5)
15. COZIEST (5/5)
15. WHAT HAPPENS (5/5)
16. RAF (5/5)
17. LAST DAY OF SKOOL (4/5)
OVERALL RATING (7.5/10)
I honestly expected this album to be a lot better than it is… Don’t get me wrong now, it’s very entertaining, but I expected it to be a life altering experience. It mainly sounded like a bunch of guys partying at the studio hyping each other to go up to the booth next.
The lyrical content is pretty good, however, the majority of these beats could have been hotter. Overall it’s a pretty mellow album, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t life changing instrumentals out there that are subdued enough to cater to A$AP Mob’s sound.
One thing I have to admit, is that the chemistry between each of the individual components of the Mob is flawless. Even the artists they feature throughout the album blend in beautifully!
A$AP Mob has such a large following/ fan base that I’ve gathered I’m in the minority with my opinion on this album. I enjoyed it, but I look forward to them coming harder on their next project.