Timing is everything, and if A$AP Rocky has his way, he’ll release his debut album, Long.Live.A$AP, exactly one year after his debut mixtape. But this is a business of deadlines, and the Harlem, New York, MC is working against a ticking clock.
“I’m really shooting to have my album come out on Halloween, with the grace of God, but if not around that time, it’s gonna be later this fall,” Rocky told MTV News on the red carpet for the 2012 Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, where he opened with Rihanna this past Thursday. “Hopefully, if I can reach the deadline.”
Even if he doesn’t hit his October 31 mark, Rocky has been developing his artistry at an accelerated pace so a pushback or two shouldn’t hurt in the least bit. “A year ago if I would’ve told people I’m gonna make you wait a year to drop my [album], they probably would’ve been pissed, now that the time has come I think everybody’s gonna be happy with it,” he said in a spate interview with MTV News on September 5, a day before the VMAs.
A$AP’s current single, the Hit-Boy-produced “Goldie,” has given fans their first taste of Long.Live.A$AP, and the rapper said he has three more singles on deck, one that he hopes to put out shortly. For the most part, though, Rock has been tightlipped about what he has in store on the LP. “I really feel good about this, I really feel deeply good about this, because I put my all into it, and it’s a different aspect of me,” he said. “It’s just showing my capabilities and how much of an artist I really am — not just a rapper.”
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