The rapper released his new album 'At.Long.Last.A$AP' this week
A$AP Rocky has sparked controversy with lyrics from his track ‘Better Things’.
The song features on the rapper’s new album ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’, which was surprise-released one week early on Tuesday (May 26). The record is the follow-up to 2013 debut ‘Long.Live.ASAP’.
The lyrics in question allude to an alleged sexual encounter with singer Rita Ora: “I swear that bitch Rita Ora got a big mouth. Next time I see her might curse the bitch out. Kicked the bitch out once cause she bitched out. Spit my kids out, jizzed up all in her mouth and made the bitch bounce“. Internet users have criticised Rocky, with one writing, “That ASAP Rocky, Rita Ora diss is just disrespectful”, and another adding, “People laughing at the ASAP rocky verse about Rita Ora but I think it’s childish…You never hook up with somebody then clown her to the world”.
See a collection of tweets about the incident below, as well as a video with audio of the verse.
‘At. Long. Last. A$AP’ features guest verses from Kanye West, Miguel, Rod Stewart, Schoolboy Q, Lil Wayne and more.
The ‘At.Long.Last.ASAP’ tracklisting is as follows:
‘Holy Ghost’ (feat. Joe Fox)
‘Canal St.’ (feat. Bones)
‘Fine Whine’ (feat. M.I.A., Future & Joe Fox)
‘Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2’
‘Electric Body’ (feat. Schoolboy Q)
‘Jukebox Joints’ (feat. Kanye West & Joe Fox)
‘Max B’ (feat. Joe Fox)
‘Pharsyde’ (feat. Joe Fox)
‘Wavybone’ (feat. Juicy J & UGK)
‘Westside Highway’ (feat. James Fauntleroy)
‘M’$’ (feat. Lil’ Wayne)
‘Everyday’ (feat. Rod Stewart & Miguel)
‘Back Home’ (feat. Mos Def, Acyde & Yams)
Speaking to NME recently, the hip-hop star and A$AP Mob leader stated that the record “doesn’t have any singles on it”. Rocky added, “I’ll do what the fuck I want. That’s the only way to do it. I’d be confused if I tried to fit in. I’m an innovator.”
Rocky also revealed to NME that he was inspired by The Beatles when recording the album. “It’s just so inspirational to go against the grain,” he said. “The Beatles were at the top of their careers and doing all that pop shit. Then they do some leftfield shit – and it worked. Those guys were geniuses.”
The album artwork is a tribute to crew member A$AP Yams and shows Rocky with his head in his hands and Yams’ face hovering above him. Yams died aged 26 in January of this year.