Monday, January 30, 2012

A$AP Rocky & ScHoolboy Q - Purple Reign

The next best thing to Rakim Allah and Quincy Jones.

In 2011, eighties babies A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q set the internets ablaze with the release of their respective solo mixtapes LiveLoveA$AP and Setbacks. Despite coming from opposite ends of the country, A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q both seem to have tapped into a new energy in hip hop that's both fresh and appealing. Just a few weeks into the new year, Q has already dropped a follow-up to Setbacks (though he's referred to it as a prequel) with Habits & Contradictions - an impressively thorough project which further establishes his trademark as a solo artist. And we can only imagine what Rocky's got in store for us in 2012. Together Rocky & Q share a kush fueled vibe that's youthful and effervescent while at the same time being anchored by elements I'd describe as grim-yet-clean existential aesthetics. I like it; so much so that I thought to myself "A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q should make an album together." And then I just went ahead and put this compilation together. You're welcome. Purple Reign features eighteen songs which serve as a primer (of sorts) on A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q's respective track records. Mixed for seamless playback, I'm very proud of the final product. Listen and let me know what you think. But most importantly... Turn it up!!