31 October 2011
Live.Love.A$AP is the debut mixtape by American rapper A$AP Rocky, who released it as a free digital download on October 31, 2011. It features production by Clams Casino, A$AP Ty Beats, DJ Burn One, and SpaceGhostPurrp, among others. The mixtape also features guest rappers Schoolboy Q and Fat Tony, as well as members of A$AP Mob, A$AP Rocky's hip hop collective.
The mixtape's music incorporates stylistic and production elements of hip hop scenes distinct from A$AP Rocky's hometown New York scene, particularly Southern hip hop. Its production features woozy soundscapes, low and mid-tempo beats, and chopped and screwed choruses. His lyrics deal with themes about moral decay, including promiscuity and drug use, expressed through his boastful, tempered flow.
The mixtape was promoted with two singles, "Peso" and "Purple Swag", which garnered A$AP Rocky mainstream attention and led to his first record deal. Live.Love.A$AP received widespread acclaim from critics, who praised the production aesthetic and A$AP Rocky's charismatic rapping style. It was included in several year-end top album lists by critics and publications.
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