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[MUSIC] A$AP ROCKY’S NEW ALBUM ‘TESTING’ OUT TODAY

After months of teasing and fan speculation, Harlem born MC A$AP Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, celebrates the release of his third studio album, 'TESTING', out now. Listen here. With two #1 debuts on the Billboard 200 for previous albums, Long.Live.A$AP and At.Long.Last.A$AP and over 4.5B streams worldwide,

After months of teasing and fan speculation, Harlem born MC A$AP Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, celebrates the release of his third studio album, ‘TESTING’, out now. Listen here.

With two #1 debuts on the Billboard 200 for previous albums, Long.Live.A$AP and At.Long.Last.A$AP and over 4.5B streams worldwide, ‘TESTING’ launches a new era for Rocky, testing new sounds and ideas in an unparalleled musical landscape where he continues to break the mainstream mindset with sonics rarely heard in hip-hop. Executive produced by A$AP Rocky and co-executive produced by Hector Delgado, Juicy J, Chace Johnson, and AWGE, ‘TESTING’ was recorded over three years between New York, LA, London and Berlin. This album picks up where Rocky last left off, weaving mind-melting aural psychedelics into hip-hop that is, at times dark and confessional, and in other moments uplifting and celebratory. Rocky is joined on ‘TESTING’ with features from Juicy J, T.I., Moby, Frank Ocean, French Montana, FKA twigs, Skepta, Kid Cudi, and Kodak Black.

A$AP Rocky kicked off release week with a live-streamed performance art piece, titled Lab Rat, at Sotheby’s in New York on Sunday, May 20th where he also revealed the cover art for ‘TESTING’. Encased in a glass room inside the gallery hosting a live audience watching, the rapper/actor/creative director and entrepreneur spent 90 minutes exploring and interpreting the creative process with an audience through a series of tests and simulations, while he was treated as a test subject himself. Special guests included A$AP Ferg, A$AP Twelvyy and Dev Hynes, along with a phone call appearance made by David Banner.

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