Label: ASAP Worldwide,Polo Grounds,RCA
Why should DJ Khaled get to have all the fun when it comes to posse cuts? When A$AP Rocky officially released his debut album, Long.Live.A$AP in January, listeners were treated to the dark sounds that A$AP specializes in creating, as well as a throwback to the days of the old group effort with "1 Train." A$AP assembled six of the most dynamic MCs in the game at the moment—Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Danny Brown, Yelawolf, Action Bronson, and Big K.R.I.T.—and let each have their way with Hit-Boy's instrumental. "1 Train" is the antithesis to Khaled's star-studded, grandiose records, stripped down to just seven rappers attacking a plodding beat with the ferocity of artists on the come-up.
Due to the abundance of talent featured on the record, each rapper was forced to bring their A-game lyrically, and while they all delivered, it's the final verse—delivered by K.R.I.T.—that serves as an exclamation point. The biggest disappointment of "1 Train" is that after over six minutes, it has to come to an end. A large portion of A$AP Rocky's success can be credited to his ability to carve out his own sound, but he's still a Harlem dude, and "1 Train" captures the essence of a '90s-era New York cypher perfectly, despite the fact that fewer than half of the rappers featured on the song are from New York. —Julian Kimble