"[5], The album artwork was unveiled on May 21, 2018, while the tracklist was announced three days later. From a cloud-rap mixtape that earnt praise well beyond his New York area and Houston, whose sound ironically he clung onto and re-energised, he’s been constantly stepping forward to the experimental lane of hip-hop rather than the dead-end cul-de-sac of throwaway brag-rap. Like any set of experiments, Testing offers some success, some failure, and some moments that can only be met with a blank stare. What’s clear from Testing, his third studio album, is that Rocky won’t totally abandon the universe he has created for himself. [32] In its third week, the album dropped to number 22 on the chart. Testing gets the remixed version of “A$AP Forever” as opposed to the original. It was released on May 25, 2018, by ASAP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music and RCA Records. The album's lead single, "ASAP Forever" featuring Moby, was released on April 5, 2018. 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After a three-year hiatus, Harlem rapper ASAP Rocky offers up "Testing," an album that prides itself on throwing the "kitchen sink" into the production without focusing much … This was taken from Rocky’s interview with Don Diva Magazine in January this year: It’s like one of those albums that niggas been waiting on, but they don’t know they need it. [6][7], The cover of Testing features a photo by Houston-based creative director Cary Fagan, in which 10 shadowy figures surround a bold typeface logo. I don't just rap—I actually make music. [39], sales+streaming figures based on certification alone, Recording Industry Association of America, International Players Anthem (I Choose You), "A$AP Rocky Returns With 'Testing,' His Most Experimental Album to Date", "A$AP Rocky's New Album "TESTING" Out Today! TESTING is the third studio album by Harlem rapper, A$AP Rocky, following his last album AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP released in 2015. Rules: #1 Never reveal what AWGE means. [1] Jake Boyer of Highsnobiety acclaimed Testing, labelling it "an absolute triumph. [34][35] It left the top 50 on its sixth week, ending up at number 56, before dropping to number 60 during its seventh week on the charts. These sonics represent me. I ’m not young enough to be a mumble rapper, or old enough to be an old head. 2y. "[27] Kevin Ritchie of Now believed that "Testing's title might suggest experimentation, but it delivers more on tentativeness, with a smattering of solid songs mixed into aesthetically interesting but unresolved experiments", criticizing the lyricism and flows that "aren't as ambitious as the production. Club said, "Though the finished project is as loose and incohesive as its title might suggest, there's a lot to like about Testing. A$AP Rocky's 'TESTING,' featuring lead single "A$AP Forever," gets the 1-Listen review test. "Buck Shots" contains a sample of "The Format", written by, "Gunz n Butter" contains a sample of "Street Type Niggaz", written and performed by, "Brotha Man" contains a sample of "Intermission", written by Leon Michels, Toby Pazner and Jeffrey Silverman, as performed by. 2017, in my opinion, has been a less-than-stellar year in music, mostly because (realizing that it's a one-sided argument) the music has been so sub-par and one-note, … Instead of creating a new wave, ASAP Rocky has drowned himself in his own ambitions and lost his identity along the way. TESTING | A$AP Rocky to stream in hi-fi, or to download in True CD Quality on Qobuz.com Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Testing - A$AP Rocky on AllMusic - 2018 - While his endless charisma and effortlessly… Remix or not, “A$AP Forever Remix” still heavily samples Moby (“Porcelain”). The album includes guest appearances from Frank Ocean, Kid Cudi, Skepta, French Montana, Kodak Black, Dev Hynes and FKA Twigs, among others, and was produced primarily by Hector Delgado and ASAP Rocky himself, alongside a variety of high-profile record producers. Testing is an album that really sounds like it was made to test out new concepts and ideas for Rocky. Early life. Full Review. I prefer to experiment and have my crowd grow with me and to reach new crowds. gave it 6.4 out of 10, based on their assessment of the critical consensus. TESTING is the third studio album by Harlem rapper, A$AP Rocky, following his last album AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP released in 2015. Testing, Rocky’s third studio album and first outing without the direct oversight of his late friend and counsel A$AP Yams, uses intuition as its guiding force, broadening Rocky’s … The album includes guest appearances from Frank Ocean, Skepta, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Playboi Carti, French Montana, Kodak Black, Dev Hynes and FKA Twigs, among others, and was produced primarily by Hector Delgado and ASAP Rocky himself, alongside a variety of high … On “Purity” he raps about losing loved ones in his life, and on “Changes” he ponders on his previous relationships. It was released on May 25, 2018, by ASAP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music and RCA Records. Sure, he's pretty good but isn't rly great anywhere. & Rakim duo. Aggregator AnyDecentMusic? "Testing" the latest to come out of the A$AP is a fascinating piece of work by an artist whom I believe has suffered a lack of shine in hip-hop due to the current wave in hip-hop music. ", "A$AP Rocky still aiming to release his new album this year", "ASAP Rocky says new album Testing is "done," shares artwork", "A$AP Rocky Talks New Album, Under Armour Deal, and His Deep Love of Flowers", "A$AP Rocky Shares 'TESTING' Artwork, Tweets 'Album Done, "LORD FLACKO JODYE II on Twitter: "OFFICIAL CREDITS AND TRACKLIST", "Cary Fagan: Meet the Photographer Behind A$AP Rocky's 'TESTING, "Bad Company (feat. I feel like I’m in the middle, you know? Basically, the point of this whole shit is just testing new sounds. Vintage Rocky touchstones are still present—the charming sense of invincibility, the dark and plodding production (including a reunion with key early collaborator Clams Casino), and the extended tours of his closet—but Testing is proof positive that the rapper fits in no box. Decent (heavily overrated) flow, above average; kinda cocky delivery, blow average lyricism and the production i guess is his best aspect still not amazing. It does not have the earth-shattering impact of his genre-defining debut, nor does it have any one track with as much immediacy as, say, a "Fuckin' Problems", but it is unequivocally his most thoughtful, most ambitious, and most rewarding project to date", praising the album's production, experimentation, cohesion and guest appearances. On a more positive note, however -- the album found Rocky testing the limits of his own creativity, exploring new sounds, and furthering himself … Video; Tracklist; Play All Shuffle Queue ASAP Rocky is someone i've never really seen the hype for. A range of musical styles and genres have been achieved on this album, truly living up to its title. Just like its selection of samples, TESTING plays host to a far-reaching list of contributors. His production choices and vocals really show it on this album with the more calm production but it just doesn't work at all. In an interview with GQ , … People call young cats mumble rappers; people call old heads jealous. I believe that Rocky realized this too, which is why the MC wen't outside of hip-hop (just as he went outside of the country the minute he blew up) to gain inspiration for his latest movement, which is why "Testing" … With the help of T.I., A$AP Rocky shouts out to the gang, revealing at least some of the record’s cards. These marketing platforms (Google Analytics, Google AdWords, Twitter, Facebook) may use cookies and other identifies to track you. Testing was met with generally positive reviews. Testing is the third studio album by American rapper ASAP Rocky. Rocky Has Returned. The album proves to be one of Rocky’s most versatile. Testing is the third studio album by American rapper ASAP Rocky. TESTING debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 for the week of June 9th, 2018. That’s why it takes time. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2018 CDr release of TESTING on Discogs. The results are often dismal. [21] Andreas Hale of Billboard complimented the album's experimentation but believed that ASAP Rocky is "still style over substance and his efforts at experimentation don't always click like he wants them to". [16], Bansky Gonzalez of Consequence of Sound gave a positive review, stating "It's a welcome addition to a genre that has become so occupied with spacey, bare-bones operations and overly simplistic results. A$AP Rocky has always been a tastemaker with an eclectic palette, and with his third studio album, Testing, he isn't catering to the ears of current hip-hop fans. The most unexpected guests include FKA twigs and MGMT, who both help to make “Fukk Sleep” the waking-dream of a space-trap cut that it is. That's why it takes time. "[26] Fred Thomas also provided a mixed review for AllMusic, stating that "While in some ways Testing is more musical than anything we've heard from A$AP Rocky before, it's also more confused, with ideas and musical shifts colliding at times to the point of randomness. Everything about the album … It has been released on May 25, 2018 by RCA. A$AP Rocky delivers a respectable rhythmic flow on the first verse, rapping over the Moby strings and a hard-nosed, …