Harlem rap artist A$AP Rocky makes his official debut on the charts with "Long. Live. A$AP" January 15, 2013. The album was leaked nearly a month ago and has been critically acclaimed for it's blend of gothic sound, New York Hip Hop aesthetics(see Long Live A$AP) and genre blending selections. (see Wild For the Night featuring Skrillex) With the album being bootlegged so close to the official release does it hurt A$AP's chance to break onto the Billboard Charts?
Album leaks have become somewhat of a norm in this era, however some fans will still purchase hard copies and digital downloads. "Long. Live. A$AP." is a solid album worthy of actually buying and much like Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, M.A.A.D. city" is a reflection of the Hip Hop renaissance. "Long. Live. A$AP" may go down as one of the capstones that started a new era. Download it on i-tunes here: Long. Live. A$AP. Deluxe version.
Also check out my official "Long. Live. A$AP." review here: "A$AP Rocky's Proclamation"