Album Review of Cozy Tapes, Vol. 1: Friends by A$AP Mob.
Release Date: Oct 31, 2016
Record label: RCA
Genre(s): Rap, Alternative Rap, Underground Rap, East Coast Rap
In a March 2015 interview with now business partner MTV, pretty muthafucka and jack-of-all-trades A$AP Rocky informed the network that we, the Hip Hop community, couldn’t “describe” him. Questioning “What is New York music right now? What does it sound like?,” he staked claim on numerous Hip Hop hotbeds. He staked claim on the world. The same jiggy Harlem cat that floated onto the scene on some spacey screw shit reminded us that he (and his boys to boot) were wild cards.
A$AP Mob’s proper debut album begins with a two-and-a-half-minute skit that takes place in a New York bodega. Pushing lead single “Yamborghini High” over seven minutes, it’s the kind of move that could easily be frustrating. Instead, it’s pretty funny: It’s a group of men trying to out-cozy each other, arguing about who has the most comfortable outfit.
Don't cry for A$AP Yams.Although the young businessman and A$AP Mob founder passed away far too soon, his comrades lift up his memory with flair on Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends. The album's artwork features an infant Yams with a gleeful grin on his cherubic face. Cozy Tapes may be a tribute album, but there is no time for tears.Brimming with features, A$AP Mob and their titular "friends" live harder in the face of death, packing Cozy Tapes with the cocksure lyrics and wall-thumping beats fans of the collective have come to love.
Whoever said “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” must have been talking about the A$AP Mob. The Harlem rap collective, lead by A$AP Rocky, has been steadily developing its own roster of talented rhymers and producers on a mainstream level for the better part of five years. Many assumed the Mob was simply Rocky’s band of brothers that would just tag along for the ride early on, but on the contrary, the Mob members have carved their own path.