Life as ASAP Rocky today probably resembles Rod Stewart's in the '70s: a top talent, well-deserving of his fine clothes, lovely company, generous bonhomie and fully stocked wine cellar.
All of which, surprisingly, makes Rocky's choice to sample Stewart's vocals on Python Lee Jackson's "In a Broken Dream" an unexpectedly perfect fit for his new single "Everyday."
The song, which Rocky debuted during a Red Bull Music Academy lecture in New York on Thursday night, conjures '70s decadence and modern loneliness all at once, and it's a perfect return for the Harlem-raised Rocky after a long wait for a new album to follow 2013's "Long.Live.ASAP." The Stewart/Miguel moments turn the choruses into pure New York springtime sunshine. But the verses take a darker twinge as Rocky struggles with identity in the face of his rough and tumble past and present fame and luxury: "The only key to survive in getting a piece of the pie / Is to agree with them a lot of just believe a facade."
The track also features the "Uptown Funk" producer Mark Ronson and vocals from the L.A. R&B seducer Miguel. Rocky also noted that the LP, "At.Long.Last.A$AP," also finally has a release date. It'll land June 2 via his labels, ASAP Worldwide, Polo Grounds and RCA.
It's hard not to hear the ghost of ASAP Yams in Rocky's newer songs, even when he's not overtly referencing him. Drinking wine and putting on a Rod Stewart record sound like a lovely afternoon, but perhaps there's a sadness Rocky's trying to get away from as well. Listen to it here (NSFW, but you probably knew that).