A$AP Rocky Taps Kid Cudi, Skepta, & Moby for 'Testing'
This is not a test. A$AP Rocky’s third album Testing is complete.
The Harlem rapper took to social media to reveal the cover art and announce that he is done recording. “ALL DONE,” he captioned a photo with the artwork, which finds him and some friends looking down into the camera.
ALBUM DONE pic.twitter.com/zWXMXrogvF
— LORD FLACKO JODYE II (@asvpxrocky) May 21, 2018
“I need to circle back and show ’em this is where it started. This is the origin of my legacy, and why I really do this shit,” he told Complex. “I wanted to make my emotional song without being too emotional. You know how JAY-Z said, ‘I can’t see it coming down my eyes / So I gotta let this song cry?’ and that’s just what it was—pain drops, tear drops, heartache, plight, demise. You gotta speak on it.”
The album, his first since 2015’s At.Long.Last.A$AP, is set to feature Skepta, Moby (“A$AP Forever”), and Kid Cudi. “The Cudder is the fucking man,” he said. “He’s dope as fuck, man. He’s a dope big bro.”
In anticipation of the album, Rocky partnered with Sotheby’s for a live-streamed performance art piece called “Lab Rat.” During the experiment, Rocky performed a series of tasks in a testing lab (including submerging himself in an ice bath), and took questions about his upcoming album.
“I think I’m testing the waters and I think that’s the difference [from previous albums],” he said. “I’ve matured so much throughout the years. I feel reborn again since my last album. I think the hardest thing for me is losing someone every time I put out a project. It makes it very difficult. But you know, you always strive and prosper.”