With his new album, Testing, set to drop this year, A$AP Rocky releases “☆☆☆☆☆ 5IVE $TAR$” featuring D.R.A.M.
A$AP Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, has been long rumored to have a new album in the works, but for some time it was figured to have been solely due to it being almost three years since his last release. The release of A$AP Mob‘s Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy filled some fans desire for new music by Rocky, but for some, it wasn’t enough. His 2017 was filled with features as he joined Tyler, the Creator, Famous Dex , Ty Dolla $ign, G-Eazy, Jaden Smith and more on their projects. The release of the song of “☆☆☆☆☆ 5IVE $TAR$” is the start of what will lead up to Rocky’s new album, Testing.
— LORD FLACKO JODYE II (@asvpxrocky) January 23, 2018
In a previous interview with GQ, A$AP Rocky said he’s looking to try out new types of music with the new album. He told GQ that his “new album is really about testing new sounds.
People are scared to test new sounds, so they go with what’s current ’cause it’s the easy thing to do. The top 100 songs sound a certain way. People cater more to that because it’s a bigger demographic behind that, or it’s a guaranteed demographic behind that. I prefer to experiment and have my crowd grow with me and to reach new crowds. I don’t just rap—I actually make music. That’s why it takes time. These sonics represent me.”
The song isn’t a typical Rocky track as both his and D.R.A.M.‘s flows are slower and staggered. A flow similar to some songs that are circulating now. Listen for yourself and let us know what you think.