I was recently introduced by a friend to A$ap Rocky (a blatent name steal off Aseop Rock if you ask me). But, I was extermely impressed by his mixtape "Live Love A$ap." Every song features a strong, but chill beat with lyrics that continue to impress me. A$ap creates a strong sense of rhythm in his lyrics, and although I am no expert on meter, I had an easier time identifying it in the songs from this mixtape than I have in other rap songs. When you listen closely, A$ap's lyrics combine themes that you normally wouldn't put together. For instance, you can see this in the exerpt below from A$ap's "Peso.
Your bitch just said I'm hot, man I told her I agree
She gon' really think I'm hot, if I told her my degrees
Pull up in that hard-top, showing off my keys
Graduate school of hard-knocks, I can show you my degrees
Couple A, B, C's, bad bitch double D's
Popping E, I don't give a F, told you I'm a G
Here, he combines typical stereotypical rap themes (girls, drugs, cars) with references to school and education. He cleverly combines the letter grading system with what letters can stand for in the world outside of academia --A B and C reference to grades while D references to a woman's breasts, E refers to a drug, and F and G abbreviate fuck and gangster.
Below, I listed links to the song I talked about as well as two of my other favorites off this mixtape... just incase anyone is interested.
A$ap Rocky- Peso
A$ap Rocky- Roll One Up
A$ap Rocky- Trilla