Rap Song of the Week: A$AP Rocky Channels “Frankenstein” on Swedish House Mafia Collab

Plus, hear essential tracks from Big Jade, Jeshi, Cam Wallace, and more

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A$AP Rocky (photo by Ben Kaye) and Swedish House Mafia (photo by Alexander Wessely)

    Rap Song of the Week handpicks all the new hip-hop tracks you need to hear every Friday. Check out the full playlist here. Today, A$AP Rocky’s Swedish House Mafia collab “Frankenstein” has finally been officially released.

    At this point, it’s possible even A$AP Rocky doesn’t know if he’ll ever drop a follow-up to 2018’s Testing. Between older material like “Lost and Found Freestyle 2019” with Tyler, the Creator and features on songs by $not, Nigo, and Fivio Foreign, however, he’s kept fans fed this year. This week brings another new release with his long-awaited Swedish House Mafia collaboration “Frankenstein,” which appears on the dance supergroup’s new album Paradise Again.

    As A$AP Mob diehards might remember, “Frankenstein” has actually been floating around since the late Virgil Abloh played it during his DJ set at Melt Festival 2019. At the time, Rocky was still in Swedish prison (coincidence?) on assault charges, and the fashion trailblazer dedicated the track to the Harlem rapper’s safe return home.


    The Gothic production of “Frankenstein” gives Rocky the opportunity to channel the evil doctor. After shouting out his good friend Tyler (“Igor by my side/ That’s right, I made you slime/ Tyler, create you guys”), Rocky disdainfully talks down to rappers who don’t measure up. “That’s death to everybody,” he raps. “In my class, no Columbine.” Perhaps he could have left the school shooting reference out of the second line., though.

    Continuing the theme, the beat fades out during an interlude in which Rocky uses one of his distorted voices to call out the “ungrateful” rappers who don’t respect his contributions to hip-hop. “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you,” he snarls, before speeding up his flow to adapt to the beat. The second verse is actually less ferocious than the first, though Pretty Flacko manages to drop in a Bobby Boucher reference for good measure.

    Though Rocky isn’t scheduled to play Coachella this year, there’s a good chance he could appear on stage during Swedish House Mafia’s co-headlining set with The Weeknd — just like he did during Tame Impala’s set in 2019.


    Try your hand at picking up last-minute passes to Coachella here, and you can grab tickets for the EDM group’s reunion tour via Ticketmaster.

    Honorable Mentions:

    Big Jade feat. Z-Ro – “Eat”

    Texas rapper Big Jade had an impressive 2021 with her underrated debut, Pressure, and freestyle mixtape, Jade Wins. On “Eat,” she stays hungry by effortlessly gliding over cinematic trap production with lines like, “We runnin’ out of options/ Stay the fuck up out that gossip/ Cause they knowin’ how I’m comin’ if we run into a problem.” Houston veteran Z-Ro closes out the track with authority, reminding people why he’s one of the most overlooked MCs the Lonestar State has to offer.

    Jeshi feat. Obongjayar – “Protein”

    Nigerian-British artist Obongjayar sets off “Protein” with an irresistible falsetto chorus about a wild night out, making way for East London’s Jeshi to capture the sinking feeling that comes after having too much of a good time. With a sharp flow, the rapper unsuccessfully tries to put his mind at ease. “On the microwave hot plate, dishing my demise,” he raps. “Yeah, we slide on your mind, everything ain’t right.”

    Cam Wallace feat. Maxo Kream – “Throwed As It Gets (Remix)”

    After producing hits like “Upgrade U,” Houston’s Cam Wallace recently set his sights on the microphone booth, demonstrating a smooth delivery perfectly suited for the celebratory, soul-sampling “Throwed As It Gets (Remix).” Maxo Kream makes a welcome appearance but unfortunately seems to be still burdened by the past, remembering the obstacles that stood in his way while continuing to keep the memory of his late brother alive.


    26AR – “Can’t Slip”

    New York drill is going mainstream thanks to the efforts of Fivio Foreign and recent forays into the genre by Nicki Minaj, City Girls, and Cardi B, but rappers like Crown Heights-raised 26AR are still dropping songs that haven’t sanded down the rough edges. What sets the 22-year-old apart is the savvy to give his punchlines space to breathe. When 26AR raps, “I hate New York, everybody the king,” his message is heard loud and clear.

    Ta’East – “ULTRA MAGNETIC”

    Coming out of LA, Ta’East eases his way into “ULTRA MAGNETIC,” luring listeners in with boom bap production and a relaxed flow before kicking into high gear halfway through. “I like mashing up art aesthetics with slight ghetto,” he spits over booming production. “I could charm the Devil/ I could rock whatever, man/ From parkas to ponchos/ Doc Martens, sombreros.”

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