As a follow-up to their 2016 album, Cozy Tapes Vol. 1, A$AP Mob dropped Vol. 2 of the series August 25, titled, Too Cozy. The 17-track album includes two skits and brought underground rapper, Spooky Margielaa, back to the spotlight.
If you’re a fan of good beats and sonically satisfying flows, this album is for you. If you’re a fan of A$AP Rocky as well, you’re in for a treat, as he is featured on every song but two. Highlighted features include Pro Era, Big Sean, Lil Yachty, Gucci Mane and more. Any fans of production would also enjoy this album, as the list of producers include Dun Deal, Hit-Boy, Pi’erre Bourne, P on the Boards, and many others.
Personally, the greatest thing about this album are the surprises that come along with the track-list. Within the first 3 songs, we get features from Jaden Smith, who’s voice has been pitched lower, Gucci Mane and Chief Keef. Another surprise on this album was the underground rapper Smooky Margielaa getting 4 features on the album. Looking in-depth on the features, it’s clear A$AP Mob has fully delved into Atlanta-trap, and aren’t afraid to show it.
Another great thing is how this album flows and how the production carries into the next song. Vol. 1 sounded like an A$AP Mob playlist more than anything else, but Vol. 2 really carries its weight as an actual album. It feels like they went back to the drawing board and capitalized off their mistakes.
In 2012, A$AP Mob released a mixtape titled “Lord$ Never Worry.” The mixtape put the hip-hop collective on the rap radar, showed that Rocky wasn’t the only one with talent, and distanced the group from Florida hip-hop collective, RVIDXR KLVN (Raider Klan), former collaborators whom they were beefing with at the time.
“Lord$ Never Worry” was a testament to New York hip-hop, as A$AP Mob derives from Harlem and the Bronx. But, the Cozy Tapes series has been nothing but NY rappers, rapping over Atlanta-trap beats. Granted, we did hear more from ASAP Twelvyy and ASAP Nast, but these beats weren’t made with their style in mind. Twelvyy and Nast both have a grimy 90s-inspired flow that goes along with their rough voices.
All in all, Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy, contains good songs, as well as some producers from ASAP Mob’s early days. But, if you’re going into the album thinking it will showcase ‘real’ NY hip-hop, then this isn’t the album for you. A$AP Mob unapologetically sticks their foot into the Atlanta-trap scene, showing that their reach goes farther than good lyrics and flows. Now, congratulations to Ferg and Nast for dropping their albums, and rumors say that Rocky will drop next. The fans, the critics, and the world, can’t wait.