Inside A$AP Mob’s Intimate ‘Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2’ Listening Party in NYC
"We bringing back posse cuts"
Last night, A$AP Mob hosted an intimate listening event for its new crew project, Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy, at Platinum Sound Recording Studios just off midtown Manhattan’s Restaurant Row. Early in the evening, the crowd–a small collection of hometown friends, tastemakers and press–chilled in the A room listening to selections from ASAP Twelvyy’s debut 12 and ASAP Ferg’s recent Still Striving mixtape, both released earlier this month as part of the Mob’s “Awgest” campaign.
Rocky sat on top of couch at the far end of the room, vibing to the music in a cloud of smoke. Staying true to his Still Striving album cover, Ferg came in with a red du-rag vibing to the music that was already playing. He took a seat next to Rocky and Ant as A$AP Nast also came through to chill with the rest of the Mob. Before getting into the crux of the album, Rocky told the crowd to put its phones and cameras away and get jiggy with the music or he’d be forced to kick them out and “take it personally.“ Of course, everyone obliged and the party continued.
The crew walked through every track’s feature and producer credits with Rocky and Ferg name dropping the likes of Chief Keef, Gucci Mane, Playboi Carti, Lil Yachty, SchoolBoy Q, Pierre Bourne and 15-year-old vocalist Smooky Margielaa whose skills really are too damn good for his age. Ferg was extremely excited for the skits on the album, which are performed by John C. Reilly who acts as the principal of Yamborghini High.
One of the standout tracks of the album was the RZA produced “What Happens” which features members of Beast Coast like the Flatbush Zombies, Joey BadA$$ and Nyck @ Knight. Rocky said that the track was a posse cut and that A$AP Mob and Beast Coast were bringing posse cuts back to the game.
From what we heard last night, Cozy Tapes is an incredible effort that pays off. Every member of the Mob gets their shine while also getting some incredible features. Ferg and Twelvyy rapped their asses off despite the release of their respective projects earlier this month. Rocky was on a majority of the tracks, so we can only hope he brings that same energy on his next album that he’ll hopefully drop this year. The biggest disappointment was that there was no Tyler, the Creator and Rocky collab on this album, but maybe Rocky is saving that all for himself.
You can stream Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2 on all major streaming platforms and try to catch the Mob as they go on their “Too Cozy Tour” next month for the remainder of the year. Peep more photos from the event below.