Though Rocky made it plain that he wanted At.Long.Last.A$AP to eschew the easy commercial grabs of his debut (namely the Skrillex duet “Wild for the Night” and the 2 Chainz-, Drake- and Kendrick Lamar-featuring “Fucking Problems”), his sophomore set still features a bevy of high-profile guests, from West to Future to M.I.A., Schoolboy Q, Lil Wayne, Mos Def, Juicy J and more. He also nabbed a guest spot from Rod Stewart; a joke from an interview was misreported and lead people to believe that Stewart and Rocky were dropping a joint mixtape called Born To Be Pretty. The album is the first from the A$AP family since the passing of Yams, their mentor, manager and label head. In addition to music and his highly-publicized fashion pursuits, Rocky stars in Dope, the highly anticipated new movie from Ricky Famuyiwa. Dope is narrated by Forest Whitaker and is in theaters June 19.
Last night (June 11), A$AP Rocky hit the stage at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform two songs off of his #1 album, At.Long.Last.A$AP. The Harlem native played “L$D”–Fallon clarified that Rocky was not on LSD, so far as he knew–and “Jukebox Joints,” a cut produced by and featuring (but last night, sadly sans) Kanye West. Backed by the legendary Roots crew, Rocky started the set splayed out in a bed, shaking himself awake and creeping to the front of the stage. By the time “Jukebox” kicked in, he was a commanding presence, one of the banner-carrying rappers for New York this decade.