If you're like us, you've been bumping the A$AP Mob's Cozy Tapes Vol 1: Friends since it came out late Sunday night. A project started by A$AP Yams before his passing and completed in his honor, it boasts appearances from every Mob member and a slew of guests.
You can't really get a true feel for a project until you've listened to it a few times, and now that I've had enough time for a few full play-throughs, I've formed an opinion on each song, and the tape as a whole. Throw on your robe and slippers ... it's about to get real cozy in here.
1. “Yamborghini High” Feat. A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, A$AP Ant, A$AP Twelvyy & Juicy J
The first song that was released off of the tape all the way back in January, there's not really much that needs to be said about Yamborghini High. It's been firmly established as one of the best bangers of 2016, and the new "cozy boy" skit that prefaces the song is a welcome, humorous addition.
2. “Crazy Brazy” Feat. A$AP Rocky, A$AP Twelvyy & Key!
Following in the footsteps of the lead song, the second track is another previously-released track (early October to be precise) that premiered on MTV Labs when it was announced Rocky would be their new creative director. A great verse from Key! and a memorable chorus (don't be surprised if you see a lot of Gucci bandannas this winter) make for another banger.
3. “Way Hii” Feat. A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, BJ The Chicago Kid & Buddy
The first track on the tape with a heavy dose of non-Mob members, "Way Hii" is a woozy, bass-filled ode to any and all types of drugs and girls. The high point? Wiz Khalifa's boast about having his own papers, a girl to stash his weed, and a girl to roll it. Classic Khalifa.
4. “Young N***a Living” Feat. A$AP Ferg, A$AP Ant & A$AP Twelvyy
Suffice to say that A$AP Ant's feature price will be going up. He takes the first verse, and although Twelvyy and Ferg both put forwards a solid effort, they can't match Ant's sneering swagger. This wouldn't be the first time Ant stole the show on an A$AP Mob track either ... remember Bath Salt?
5. “Nasty’s World” Feat. A$AP Nast & Onyx
A$AP Nast is a very underrated rapper. He has a unique way of putting a light modern twist on 90's New York-style hip-hop, and that's exactly what he does on "Nasty's World", even though his second verse is recycled from an old A$AP Mob Hot 97 Funk Flex cypher. There's no other track quite like this on the tape, and that's what makes it so enjoyable, even though Playboi Carti's intro skit is forgettable.
6. “Money Man” Feat. A$AP Rocky, A$AP Nast & Yung Lord
The first of two songs that originally premiered alongside the "Money Man" short film last week, "Money Man" features a menacing, bass-heavy beat and Rocky/Nast expressing their love for the almighty dollar. And it wouldn't be a Mob tape without Yung Lord (A$AP Bari) talking shit on at least one track, right?
7. “Put That On My Set” Feat. A$AP Rocky & Skepta
The second song from the "Money Man" short film, "Put That On My Set" finds Rocky and Skepta expressing their loyalty to ... well ... their set. Although there is a weird change of pace between their verses (Rocky raps about a lady he's infatuated with on the first while Skepta discusses his pain and struggles on the second), Skepta's sinister, serious verse makes a strong case for one of the best on the tape.
8. “Motivation Foreign” (Skit)
The A$AP Mob (especially Rocky and Nast) have been outspoken about their love for London, so it's only right that the tape's sole stand-alone skit, would involve a man and a woman talking about flying there for no particular reason.
9. “London Town” Feat. A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ant & Playboi Carti
One of the best songs on the tape, "London Town" finds the three rappers on it doing what they do best. Ant throws a hilarious jab at H&M and brags about his vintage Ralph Lauren, Carti shouts a bunch of rhythmic nonsense that somehow still sounds fantastic, and Rocky raps a tongue-twisting verse in which he spells out his name letter by letter, and somehow manages to make guacamole, broccoli, and Chloe all work together in a rhyme.
10. “Runner” Feat. A$AP Ant & Lil Uzi Vert
Although Ant contributes on "Runner", it's pretty much entirely an Uzi song, and wouldn't have sounded too out of place on any of his mixtapes. He tends to take flack for not being the most dexterous rapper, but he flows well on this track, and as usual manages to come up with a catchy chorus. Don't be too surprised if you find yourself muttering "I just be stacking my money, I just be counting my money" after a few listens.
11. "Bachelor" Feat. A$AP Rocky, Lil Yachty, MadeinTYO & Offset
"Bachelor" somehow manages to pack 4 verses into 3 minutes, and the Dun Deal-produced beat wouldn't be out of place on a Yachty or Offset song. Good hook, memorable lines (MadeinTYO bragging about stacking yen) and Offset saying "bachelor" 8 times make for a very enjoyable track.
12. "Telephone Calls" Feat. Yung Gleesh, Playboi Carti, & Tyler, The Creator
The 12th and final song on the first installment of Cozy Tapes, "Telephone Calls" may very well also be the best. The bass kicks in heavy and hard, and Rocky quickly lets you know that no games are being played when he starts the song off with "telephone call from young Carti said it's lit". Follow that up with a turnt Carti verse, some clever wordplay from Rocky including a James Brown reference, and an extremely good verse from Tyler (in contention with Skepta for the best on the tape) makes for an extremely strong final track.
Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends was exactly what we had hoped it would be. A project full of bangers, great guest verses and posse cuts, it moves along at a brisk pace and leaves you wanting more at the end of every song. The tape's few flaws are overcome by its many strong points, and much like the A$AP Mob's last release, Lord$ Never Worry, it's a project that'll find a spot in your rotation for a long time to come.
Final Rating: 8/10
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