A$AP Rocky Celebrates Life’s Ups And Downs On ‘LVL’

By Rob Markman, with reporting by Nadeska Alexis

In the grand scheme of things A$AP Rocky’s rise from rap neophyte to hip-hop star happened pretty quickly. His very first mixtape Live.Love.A$AP dropped towards the end of 2011 and now a little more than a year later his major label debut Long.Live.A$AP is on shelves and likely headed to Billboard’s #1 spot when sales are finally calculated on Wednesday.

Still that doesn’t mean A$AP is any less deserving of his success. Rock is still close enough to life’s downs to remember what it feels like, yet he can’t help but celebrate his recent victories. It’s a concept he explores on “LVL,” a thumping mood-track off his debut. “It’s symbolic for levels, and the reason why I named ‘LVL’ that is because it means life basically,” A$AP explained to MTV News of the song’s cryptic title. “Life is full of levels, you have your ups and your downs.”

“N—as say I blew up too fast, f— I’m supposed to do with all this new ass/ F— I’m supposed to do with all this new cash/ Thousand dollar drawers just to hold my balls, all I ever do is let my jewels sag,” he raps over the Clams Casino-produced gem.

In another lyric urges older rap fans to make way for the “new jacks” and in other portions questions the creativity of his competition. “They don’t have any creative aesthetic,” he told us, setting himself up as more of an artist. It’s just, ‘Yo, let’s get a bottle and a car and some n—as and get in front of the camera.”

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