A$AP Rocky's creative output doesn't just stop in the recording booth. Rocky is as dynamic on the mic as he is with producing visuals to accompany his powerful sound. He's teamed up with some pretty cool directors, in order to bring his vision to life making for a masterful viewing experience. We've been paying attention, and while it's hard to choose, here are five of the best A$AP Rocky music videos witnessed to-date.
Though it was shot in Harlem, Rocky teamed up with LA-born director Abteen Bagheri for these visuals. The video showcases A$AP Rocky's crew, A$AP Mob, and their unity, fashion, confidence, and uniqueness. Their vision of how New York sounds and feels is visceral with quality production that most artists just don't have when they are at the early stages of their career. The look of the video blurs the line of what an East Coast rapper is, a theme that has followed in Rocky's music. "Pesos" was featured on Rocky's 2011 Halloween release of Live.Love.A$AP.
A$AP Rocky joined forces with Juicy J and director Shomi Patwary for these visuals. About a third of the way into the music video, you can catch Washington D.C. legend Yung Gleesh dancing to a snippet of "Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2)." Producer Curtis Heron was able to give Rocky the funky, southern production to make the song pop. The music video was produced by Rocky's production company, AWGE. It's one of the first offerings we received from the production company. In the background, a screen displayed images of what Rocky rapped about. Thuan Tran and Sebastian Jimenez handled the photography for the visuals.
3. "Wild For The Night"
A$AP Rocky, Skrillex and Birdy Nam Nam teamed up for the EDM-fixed "Wild For The Night." In the early stages of the music video, you can see the slums of the Dominican Republic. There are kids on the roof with guns, protecting their homes; a dark entrance for the visuals. The night sets but brightness is brought in, as The Mob forms a bond with a group of kids, shouting "A$AP Mob." The aura for the video leads the viewer from darkness into a party with Skrillex as the DJ and Rocky as the performer. A$AP Ferg and Yams are comforted by the presence of women. The blend of EDM and rap made the song one of Rocky's most successful tracks, and it's impactful during festival performances. Rocky and The Mob seem to have a blast in the Dominican Republic, with the direction of Christopher Robinson and A$AP Rocky.
Dexter Navy and A$AP Rocky put their creative motives to the test with "LSD," a single from Rocky's AT. LONG. LAST. A$AP album. The visuals bring a psychedelic effect, adding more dynamic to Rocky's creative world. It's hard to categorize the song's genre and the music video displays that. Colors, foreign territory, and bright lights helped bring the video into an atmosphere of escape. During the making of the album, Rocky said he experimented with a lot of drugs. For the viewer who doesn't partake in drug usage, this music video is a piece of art that will get you as close to the experience as possible. Rocky's dazed stare and the infatuation he has for his co-star, Yoon, who is a fashion designer. At first, she was hesitant to act in the music video, but Rocky insisted, adding, "I want a real person." Watching the video, you'll notice Rocky's acting skills. He's impressive. There's an intermission where we get a break from the psychedelic action, as Rocky squeezes in a shot for his song "Excuse Me," beneath a glass table.
1, A$AP Forever
A$AP Rocky and Navy team up again for the incredible visuals for "A$AP Forever," the first single from Rocky's Testing album. After a hiatus, Rocky returned with strong visuals, helping him tell his creative story further. It had been a little over three years since the passing of A$AP Yams and Rocky's journey of keeping the A$AP name solidified continues, forever. The music video feels like a time capsule for a day's worth of travel. The scenes change fast and you never get comfortable with one single frame, until the closing portion where there's more of the Moby feature. You'll find a motionless Rocky floating as images pop up as his body turns. This part feels symbolic in a sense with Rocky trying to deal with life's highs and lows.