A$AP Rocky recently told MTV News that he felt his major-label debut, [article id="1699963"]Long.Live.A$AP[/article] was like his graduation to the big time.
In which case he should start getting his cap and gown swag ready, because according to Billboard the 24-year-old MC's album is headed for a #1 debut on next week's Billboard 200 album chart.
Industry projections put the first-week sales for the disc at around 130,000 copies for the tracking week ending on Sunday. In addition to getting some help from the top five R&B/Hip-Hop Songs hit "F---n' Problems," which features Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, A$AP got a boost from a slow early-year release week.
The only other new title expected to chart in the top 10 is the Kidz Bop 23 compilation.
"This album is more advanced; it's like [I] graduated," he told MTV News, while comparing it to his acclaimed mixtape, Live.Long.A$AP. "It took me a year to do it, so everything I've been going through — as far as life inspiration — is all from within this past year after I got my record deal. Live.Love.A$AP [is life] before the record deal and Long.Live.A$AP is after the deal."
On Long.Live.A$AP, Rocky retained some of the formula that brought him initial success, like enlisting Clams Casino for more hazy hypnotic beats on "LVL" and "Hell" featuring Santigold. But he also stepped outside of the box and hooked up with EDM all-star Skrillex on the raucous "Wild for the Night" and British singer Florence Welch on "I Come Apart."