Now Playing: A$AP Rocky – '☆☆☆☆☆ 5IVE $TAR$'

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Today, A$AP Rocky shared his new single '☆☆☆☆☆ 5IVE $TAR$', and though the internet's opinion on the track appears to be divided (with music fans either hating or loving it), I think Rocky is taking his new music in an intriguing direction. 

'☆☆☆☆☆ 5IVE $TAR$' originally leaked last September and was called 'Wok'. Though the updated version still keeps the same lyrics and Metro Boomin's signature production, it's much more polished than the previous version. The new version also features additional vocals by DRAM, however, he's not credited in the title or on Rocky's Soundcloud. If '☆☆☆☆☆ 5IVE $TAR$' proves anything, it's that mumble rap doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Rocky's flow on the track is obviously inspired by Playboi Carti and his quick-fire cadence. In all honesty, Carti probably should have appeared on this track instead of DRAM. Though the Carti cadence is something many rappers are using in their flows, it works for Rocky on '☆☆☆☆☆ 5IVE $TAR$'. 

An alternative view I have on this song is that Rocky's lyricism is disconcerting. With the recent death of Fredo Santana, plus the death of A$AP Yams a few years ago, hip-hop needs to finally take a stand and stop glamourising prescription drugs. 

Though his drug-inspired lyrics are overplayed, '☆☆☆☆☆ 5IVE $TAR$' is a risky move that pays off for Rocky. I look forward to seeing the direction he takes his new album in. 

Written by Amy Smolcic