Those who wrote off A$AP Rocky as a too-trill-to-function young gun must officially reconsider. As he wrapped up a lecture appearance in Harlem as a part of this month’s Red Bull Music Academy, the 26 year-old MC shared “Everyday,” a brooding and soulful new track that features the vocal talents of Miguel and (yes) Rod Stewart along with additional production assistance from UK funk sensei Mark Ronson.
With bluesy organs, descending basslines and one of the slowest, hardest-swaggering beats we’ve heard in a good while, “Everyday” calls upon Stewarts classic number “In A Broken Dream,” recontextualizing it as a tale of modern ennui. As Miguel croons “Everyday I spend my time drinking wine / Feeling fine / Waiting here to find the sign / That I should take it slow” might seem at first like a textbook love ballad, but when one considers the recent, tragic death of A$AP Yams, these sort of tipsy meditations take on a whole new meaning.
But in the end this is, in every way, an A$AP Rocky joint, and just before the two minute mark we drop ten stories in a split beat, Ronson’s track becoming a full-on trap banger full of sub bass and speeding hi-hats. Things eventually return to the main blues-dirge feel, but it’s that brief, defiant midsection that will surely stick with you. Rocky’s upcoming LP At.Long.Last.A$AP will drop June 2nd. Listen to “Everyday” below.