A$AP Rocky’s ‘Identical Issues?’ memorializes rappers we have misplaced : #NowPlaying : NPR

A solemn introduction to the rapper’s upcoming album


Illuminated by flashing photographs of hip-hop legends Pop Smoke, Mac Miller, DMX, Drakeo the Ruler and others, A$AP Rocky devoted “Identical Issues?” to “all people we have misplaced and anyone who ever misplaced anyone” final month in a compelling efficiency. Now accessible as a studio observe, it serves as a solemn introduction to A$AP Rocky’s upcoming album Do not Be Dumb.

Floating on a euphoric synth like smoke on water, A$AP Rocky pulls us right into a reverberating hook and a wealthy bass line. The angelic sigh of vocal harmonies soften off the tip of Rocky’s icy rhymes — his phrases are strung collectively like crystals sending chills up the listener’s backbone. Constructed on an interpolation of Child Cudi‘s introspective “Day ‘N’ Evening (Nightmare),” the observe options scattered voices that reply to Rocky’s name: “What number of issues get solved? Am I a product of issues in my songs? / What number of issues get solved? Am I a product of all of my flaws? What number of issues get solved? (If we do not become involved).”

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