A$AP Rocky shared one dimension of his debut Long.Live.A$AP with the early singles “Goldie” and “F—in’ Problems,” — party jams dripping in his signature style — but a deeper dive into the album turns up darker tracks, like the suicide-tinged “Phoenix.” The song, which the Harlem rapper considers to be “really personal,” is even more heartfelt in light of recent losses in the hip-hop community.
Over a haunting beat from Danger Mouse, A$AP opens the track spitting, “Bloody ink on my pad spelled suicide/Michael Jackson even passed cause you scrutinized,” and he goes on to mention another fallen legend, Kurt Cobain, in his second verse. While reflecting on those who were driven mad by pressure and scrutiny, he’s not afraid to admit that his own mind has wandered to desperate lows. READ MORE
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