Ahead of the release of the new A$AP Mob group project Cozy Tapes Vol. 1 next Monday (October 31), the Harlem-based collective fired off a jaw-dropping new single today (October 27), entitled “Telephone Calls.” Alongside A$AP Rocky, who headlines the posse-cut, the hard-hitting record features guest spots from Playboi Carti, Tyler, The Creator, and Yung Gleesh.
While contributions from Carti and Gleesh are minimal, and A$AP Rocky turns in the type of effortlessly potent performance that we've come to expect from the jiggy rapper, it’s Tyler, The Creator who absolutely steals the show on "Telephone Calls."
As a matter of fact, and without being a prisoner of the moment, Tyler might have just delivered one of the most fire 16’s I’ve personally heard all year, the product of a variation of flows that seamlessly transition throughout his delivery. This could be off base, but I count influences from Jay Rock, specifically the flow he and his TDE compatriots adopted on “Vice City,” and André 3000’s “Gangsta Shit” performance.
Fuck passin' blunts, pass my niggas opportunities / Goddamn, I'm hot, man, I'm not scared to freeze / January, Hawaiian shirts / Boy this weather ain't got a thing on me
The verse features highly-quotable braggadocio on a level that Tyler seems to be reveling in lately, a far cry from the morose, homicidal musings of his earlier work without losing his inherent edge and gravel-throated charisma.
While the spotlight is still on A$AP Mob’s upcoming project, this verse has me instead daydreaming about Tyler’s follow-up to Cherry Bomb.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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