A$AP Rocky's 'Long.Live.A$AP' Strikes Gold

In 2011, A$AP Rocky (born Rakim Mayers) was a primitive name in the hip-hop scene. Just starting out back then, the 24-year-old MC received high acclaim when he put out his first mixtape Live.Love.A$AP, an impressive introduction. Now, his name is being celebrated for his work on his major label debut, Long.Live.A$AP.

In a recent interview, he told MTV News, "This album is more advanced; it's like [I] graduated," while comparing it to his mixtape. "It took me a year to do it, so everything I've been going through — as far as life inspiration — is all from within this past year after I got my record deal. Live.Love.A$AP [is life] before the record deal and Long.Live.A$AP is after the deal."