A$AP Rocky – “Goldie”

on April 17, 2012

Goldie (prod. Hit-Boy)

It’s hard to maintain street cred when you have the 1% paying for your shit, but props to Rocky and his A$AP crew for staying true to their Harlem roots. “Goldie” may be the first single under that three million dollar deal RCA dropped on Rocky last year, but this track plays as though nothing happened since his song “Peso” first turned heads eight months ago.

Sonically, producer Hit-Boy (“Niggas In Paris”) queues up the same cloud rap sandbox for Rocky to play in that made LiveLoveA$AP such a banger last year. The Bone Thugs-N-Harmony flow, the dark is this a Lil B or Odd Future beat atmosphere, and the boastful lyricism — it’s all back. Essentially, “Goldie” is a time capsule; the ghost of A$AP Past here to remind listeners of A$AP Future that, no, major label dough isn’t changing anything.

That said, Rocky does sound a little tense here — his delivery on “Goldie” sounds a bit more on edge than usual. Maybe the suits are sitting in the studio with him watching their prized investment.