ends his 3 year hiatus by dropping off his new album, “Testing.” Throughout the 15 tracks Rocky continues to experiment, adapt and test the boundary’s of his sound.
When his experimentation comes together, it shines. The albums finale “Purity” featuring Frank Ocean encapsulates this. Sampling Lauryn Hill’s “I Gotta Find Peace of Mind” Rakim reflects on his fame and fortune, providing substance to a project that seems to choose style all to often.
The project is laced with tracks like “Calldrops” where it feels like Rocky is trying to hard to be artistic, ultimately creating more of an interlude than a track you can keep coming back to.
There are some moments where Rocky shines though, “Buck Shots” see’s Rakim and Playboy Carti rap about their recklessness over a bass heavy beat which is guaranted to get you bouncing. “Praise the Lord” is another stand out, with Rocky and @skeptagram
going back and forth over another bass laden beat.
Considering the features the album boasts, only a handful actually land. Skepta, Frank Ocean, Kid CuDi & Moby stand out, whereas Juicy J, French Montana, Snoop Dogg, T.I., F.K.A Twigs and Kodak Black fade into the crowd.
Does the 3rd album from ASAP Rocky really show the progression we hoped it would? We’re not entirely sure.