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Will Long.Live.A$AP Be the Biggest Houston Rap Album of 2013?

There are a few things you should know about A$AP Rocky. He's a pretty motherfucker. His new album, Long.Live.A$AP, is at the top of the charts. And it might turn out to be the biggest Houston rap album of the year.

Except that it's not really a Houston rap record at all, of course. A$AP Rocky is from Harlem, and as far as I can tell, none of the producers or guest stars on Long.Live.A$AP are from Texas, either. In fact, the closest Lone Star connection on the album might be British singer Florence Welch, whose mother's family lived in Galveston.

Still, A$AP ain't exactly hiding his influences, either. Long.Live.A$AP is positively steeped in Screw. Purple drank, gold teeth and trill fashions are all discussed at great length on the record, and the man certainly knows his way around a chopped-up, pitch-shifted hook. Lil Flip even gets a shout-out.

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Nathan Smith
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