A$AP Rocky's major label debut album, LongLiveA$AP, which was originally slated to hit shelves on Sept. 11, won't be released this year after all. In a recent interview, Rocky revealed he has no plans to release the project this year; instead he hopes to release the album in early 2013.
"I want to say it's looking like top of the year, first quarter, because it makes no sense to put out an album in December," said Rocky to radio host Nessa from the Bay Area's WILD 94.9.
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LongLiveA$AP is finished; however, existing obligations keep the album from being released. A number of samples used in the production of the LP require permission and approval before being released—and tracking down the owners is not always an easy task. "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," boasted the rapper. He continues, "That's the issue and I refuse to take anything off. It's complete. Everything is being mastered and cleared right now."
Rocky hasn't let the delay slow down the album's promotion. The rapper just released his latest single, "F*ckin' Problem," which features Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar. Also, he recently made headlines by accusing producer/rapper Kanye West of using his fashion style as inspiration.