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A$AP Rocky Debuts ‘Same Problems’ From New LP: Look + Listen

Prior to taking the stage to perform several new songs at Amazon Music Live on Thursday night (12.08,) A$AP Rocky announced that his new album is finally finished.

Recording the PSA during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video, the rapper said “Thursday night football. Amazon. My first time back on the stage. Album’s finished, Don’t Be Dumb. Let’s go!”

Hosted by 2 Chainz, Rocky (born Rakim Athelaston Mayers) later returned to Amazon Music Live to perform four unreleased songs from Don’t Be Dumb and such fan-favorites as “Everyday,” “Yamborghini High” and “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2).”

Before ending the concert with ‘Sam Problems,’ A$AP delivered a heartfelt speech about the rappers who’ve lost their lives, stating “Rest in peace to everybody we lost in hip-hop throughout the years. You gotta know that we the highest statistic of losing people, no other genre loses rockstars, pop singers and country artists. Hip-hoppers, we get killed and shot every day.” “Overdoses, all type of unfortunate events. So this next song is dedicated to everybody we lost and anybody who ever lost somebody, you know what I’m saying.” 

Images of Takeoff, PnB Rock, Young Dolph, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Juice WRLD, XXXTentacion, Pop Smoke, A$AP Yams and more flashed on the screens on either side of him while Rocky repeatedly asked “How many problems get solved?” over an eerie piano beat. 

Attending the concert were his partner Rihanna, Tyler, the Creator, Snoh Aalegra, Buddy, Earl Sweatshirt and others and Rocky brought out rapper $NOT to perform “Doja,” AWGE hip-hop duo THOTTWAT for their joint “Shirt” performance, and host 2 Chainz to run back their #8 Billboard Hot 100 hit “F–kin’ Problems,” which also features Drake and Kendrick Lamar.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Chad Cooper