A$AP Rocky is continuing his psychedelic journey nearly two weeks after premiering the first official single from his upcoming album, At.Long.Last.A$AP. The Harlem rapper dropped his latest track, “LSD,” along with a disorienting music video bringing its trippy theme to life.
The Dexter Navy-directed video introduces its substance-influenced mode with a warm vision of joint-lighting against the track’s chiming opening guitar chords. As the instrumentation becomes more synthetic, the image of Rocky begins to spins around until we find the rapper wandering through the electric glow of Tokyo. He subsequently courts a female admirer and sings about love, pretty lights and acid as vending machines and chandeliers turn to liquid.
Similar to the Rod Stewart-sampling “Everyday,” the new track features a striking shift in tone and style midway through the track, morphing from a dreamy slow-jam into a lush, staggering rap, with Rocky delivering his verses bent over a mirror. The music then shifts again and slurs back into crooning and the Tokyo night.
In a recent interview with Billboard, Rocky discussed the greater artistic freedom he felt with the new album. “Last time I was more concerned, subconsciously, with doing something mainstream,” he said. “Once I did that, I not only proved to the world but to myself that I could do anything that I wanted.” Rocky also talked about his drug use: “It helps me cope with life. I’ve been doing this stuff since I got into the industry. People are scared to talk about it.” As for psychedelics, in particular, he says they’re a suitable match for his life. “It’s trippy. My art, my visuals. Very trippy,” he said.
“LSD” marks the fourth release of At.Long.Last.A$AP, the rapper’s second LP. Prior to dropping his first official single this month, Rocky had offered an early taste with “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2” and “M’s.” The new record is due out on June 2nd.