Despite the fact that he's a relative newcomer, A$AP Rocky is on par with the rap veterans when it comes to delaying an album. After hinting at the release of LongLiveA$AP immediately after the release of his 2011 mixtape LiveLoveA$AP, Rocky finally set a September 11 release date — or so we all thought.
From there, the album was delayed to an October 31 release date, but now that's been postponed. As of right now, Rocky expects that the record will drop in the first quarter of 2013.
In an interview with Wild 94.9 [via Miss Info], Rocky offered up the following explanation:
The issue with my album is I got things on it that's so out of this world that it's taking so long to get mastered. That's the issue, and I refuse to take anything off. It's complete, everything is being mastered and cleared right now. Its just so hard to get things cleared, because you got to find people to clear samples. It takes a long time and that's why it keeps getting pushed back from Halloween to September 11th. I want to say it's looking like top of the year, first quarter because it makes no sense to put out a album in December.
At this point, we're just going to try and forget about this album altogether. That way, we'll be pleasantly surprised if and when it does drop.
Last week, Rocky released his Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar collaboration "Fuckin' Problem," which can be streamed below.