Testing

A$AP Rocky - Testing
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #574 / 673
User Score
Based on 457 ratings
2018 Ratings: #561
May 25, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Highsnobiety
All of his signature hallmarks are still here – the pitch-shifted vocals, the industrialized trip-hop elements – they have simply been cross-pollinated across a rich template of outside influences, giving Rocky the ability to evolve in several directions at once without compromising the record’s cohesion.
83
Consequence of Sound

Testing is loud, frenetic, spastic, and about as vibrant as rap can be. The songs are busy, crowded with radiant instrumentation and stacked vocals, and rarely take time to breathe. It’s a welcome addition to a genre that has become so occupied with spacey, bare-bones operations and overly simplistic results.

70
Exclaim!

A$AP Rocky has always been a tastemaker with an eclectic palette, and with his third studio album, Testing, he isn't catering to the ears of current hip-hop fans. Rocky is making music outside of the confines of rap while simultaneously pushing boundaries within it.

67
A.V. Club
Though the finished project is as loose and incohesive as its title might suggest, there’s a lot to like about Testing.
67
Pitchfork
Rocky’s anything-goes tests come up short, but they feel like his alone.
64
GIGsoup

Overall, Testing seems to have been too much of a creative reach by ASAP Rocky. It results into a lack luster project torn between rapping and experimenting.

60
The Guardian

Rocky similarly hopped between styles on his two previous albums ... but Testing is a spottier affair. Too many tracks minimise his strengths.

60
NOW Magazine

Testing’s title might suggest experimentation, but it delivers more on tentativeness, with a smattering of solid songs mixed into aesthetically interesting but unresolved experiments.

60
Spectrum Culture

For every bad track on this frustrating album, another one offers a distinctive flair and ability unlike anyone else. But, at least as far as making albums goes, Rocky has yet to take his place in the pantheon of hip-hop royalty. Testing is what it says it is, though this far into his career, he should be doing better than merely a passing grade.

60
AllMusic

While in some ways Testing is more musical than anything we've heard from A$AP Rocky before, it's also more confused, with ideas and musical shifts colliding at times to the point of randomness.

58
HipHopDX
Instead of creating a new wave, A$AP Rocky has drowned himself in his own ambitions and lost his identity along the way.
40
The Needle Drop

Testing contains some interesting ideas here and there, but they aren't performed or organized all that well a great deal of the time.

BradTasteMusic
67
I can't be the only one who expected this to suck but was surprised at how solid of a project this was right?
40
Here's a list of bad puns that are about as good as this album:

ANap Snorey
A$AP rocky release
Acrap Shitty Album
A$AP Dissappointment
exception
73
Fair amount of straight up filler, but the highs are very high.

fav tracks: A$AP Forever (standout), Fuck Sleep, Praise The Lord, Gunz N Butter
PreeMo
53
When the mentor of Playboi Carti turns into his student...

Seriously, it's very disappointing after the route he wanted to go with ALLA...and I don't think that he will take music seriously in the future
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Track List

  1. Distorted Records
  2. A$AP Forever (feat. Moby, T.I. & Kid Cudi)
  3. Tony Tone
  4. Fukk Sleep (feat. FKA twigs)
  5. Praise the Lord (Da Shine) [feat. Skepta]
  6. Calldrops (feat. Kodak Black)
  7. Buck Shots
  8. Gunz N Butter (feat. Juicy J)
  9. Brotha Man (feat. French Montana)
  10. OG Beeper
  11. Kids Turned Out Fine
  12. Hun43rd
  13. Changes
  14. Black Tux, White Collar
  15. Purity (feat. Frank Ocean)
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Added on: May 22, 2018