What Do A$AP Rocky’s New Songs Tell Us About His Next Album?

Over the past three days, A$AP Rocky has been releasing new songs on SoundCloud, placing each one under a different genre hashtag: Tuesday’s “5ive $tar$” was labeled hip-hop and rap, Wednesday’s “Above” alternative rock, and yesterday’s “Money Bags Freestyle (Dean Blunt Meditation)” ambient. What unites the songs, besides their brevity, is their silence. The tracks feature some Rocky’s sleepiest flows to date over beats ten so drowsy they barely qualify as beats. If the artist is, as he seems to be, building up buzz for an upcoming album release, he’s doing it in an uncommonly tranquil way.