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A$AP Nast & Method Man Take It Back to the ’90s in ‘Trillmatic’ Video

In the wake of that inadvertent KONY claim (a Kurupt reference that was misinterpreted yet people still ran with it anyway) from Kendrick Lamar, and those not-so-subtle comments from Trinidad Jame$, you could say that New York hip-hop’s been under a bit of scrutiny this year.

So when A$AP Nast, one of A$AP Mob’s semi-notable bench players, and Method Man, Wu-Tang Clan veteran and cult hero, collaborate, it could go one of two ways:

“Yo shout out Nast and the whole ASAP Mob for giving the legends love Meth can still spit man this s— fire,” or “This s— was trash and I’m a fan of the Mob and the whole essence of 90s hip hop but c’mon son” — an actual comment on 2DopeBoyz.

Luckily, most of the responses have reflected the former, and deservedly so. ‘Trillmatic’ — a song that originally appeared as a one-minute snippet on the end of A$AP Ant’s ‘The Way It Go’ — is a fun and refreshing throwback to ’90s East Coast rap, which is a rare feat for this Harlem crew.

Nast takes on the bulk of the responsibility with two stellar verses and a surprisingly dope hook (“I got a funky, funky style with a funky swag”), but it’s Johnny Blaze who lights up the track with an effortlessly acrobatic guest appearance. A$AP Ty Beats’ sample-laced, boom bap production proves that the true New York essence is hiding beneath all that Houston flavor after all.

‘Trillmatic’ serves as an early sample of A$AP Mob’s upcoming full-length album, which is due March 4 (and which is already sounding miles better than last year’s ‘Lord$ Never Worry’).

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