A$AP Twelvyy’s new album has New York City written all over it.
A$AP Twelvyy has officially released his long-awaited first studio album. Though the Harlem artist has had many features with the A$AP Mob collective, this release marks his first individual project. In fact, the first we heard of this album was back in 2014 when A$AP Mob Founder A$AP YAMS teased that Twelvyy’s album was the “best NY rap album heard in years.”
Twelvyy’s album was the first in a sequence of Mob-related releases during the month of August. Following Twelvyy’s release on the 4th, A$AP Ferg dropped Still Striving on August 18th, and A$AP Mob dropped Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy on August 25th. 12 includes features from A$AP Rocky, Fredo Starr, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, and Flatbush Zombies.
In an interview with Complex, Twelvyy explained the inspiration for his album, stating that it was about “The everyday struggle. Staying authentic, staying raw, staying New York City. My whole mission was to be like, ‘Alright, you could say that these two don’t sound like the city—but yo, he sound like the city.’ That was one thing that was in my head too: sounding where I’m from or helping our sound grow.”
Overall, 12 is not only filled with dope instrumentals, but also deeply interesting storylines that take us through Twelvyy’s struggle in Harlem. Most of the album’s songs give us a firsthand glimpse at his experiences and thoughts and provide deeper insight into his perspective. Songs like A Glorious Death and Brothers especially place us into Twelvy’s Harlem shoes. With lyrics like, “Man, I really miss my brother/Real shit, man all we got each other man/All we got is us, A$AP, in A$AP we trust ni**a, we’re provided a stronger understanding of who Jamel Phillips, the person, is.
Ultimately, 12 is a lyrically profound album thats made even better by its amazing instrumentals. This is one of the best hip hop albums I’ve heard in a while. Check it out for yourself.