A$AP Mob have been diversifying the palette of New York rap ever since A$AP Rocky’s debut Live. Love. A$AP. incorporated southern and West Coast flavours into his undeniable Harlem swagger.
Now, A$AP Nast’s new single from the Mob’s upcoming posse album Trillmatic strips it back down to that raw 90s boom bap aesthetic that NY championed, with A$AP Ty-Beats’ production giving a nod to the horn stab, snare driven sound Pete Rock, Preemo and contemporaries pioneered. To add to the 90s vibes, they even enlisted Wu-Tang lieutenant Method Man. They tie it all together with a low-budget posse video reminiscent of classic DITC clips, taking us back to a time when hip hop was simple and rappers avoided topics like leather jogging pants. This direction is an interesting move for arguably the most forward-thinking East Coast crew – we’ll be looking forward to how the rest of the project shapes up as the release date approaches.
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