top of page

In Review: A$AP Rocky's "RIOT(Rowdy Pipe'n)"

In collaboration with Pharrell, A$AP Rocky has released his newest single, “RIOT(Rowdy Pipe'n),” exciting fans that have been waiting for his newest project, DON'T BE DUMB. This single will be featured on the new album, which would be the first full-length project he has released since Testing, which was released five years ago.


This track begins with Pharrell’s iconic four-count beat and is soon followed by jubilant-sounding synth horns. Pharrell adds a distorted bass line underneath A$AP’s melodic flow. This is a classic trap beat, including snaps and dry hi-hat percussion. A$AP’s flow is immaculate, as he provides listeners with versatility, switching up the tone of his voice along with his inflection while rapping. During the chorus, A$AP interpolates the melody of the chorus of the famous track “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, generating ear candy for fans. A$AP Rocky and Pharrell make a great team, and for this track, they earn a 7/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale.


A$AP is bodacious on this track, as usual, touching on his wealth and style, and he even pays homage to his partner Rihanna through scintillating bars. He references Roddy Pipe, rapping, “I just bought designer kilts, yeah, I Roddy Pipe it.” Roddy Piper was a famous Canadian wrestler known for his iconic costume that included a kilt. Later in the track, A$AP says, “Pass on a sweetie, I got me a RiRi.” He mentions Rihanna many times throughout the song, further proving to fans how obsessed he is with her. This is wonderful for listeners to hear, as the media revealed that they will be having their second child together soon. A$AP earns an 8/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale for these lyrics.


A$AP Rocky has proven time and time again that he is one to watch out for when it comes to any creative endeavor. He has his foot in many doors, including fashion, music, visual directing, and more. It is empowering to watch his immense ambition and to see him constantly succeed creatively. He breaks down boundaries and has paved the way for many young creatives. It will be interesting to see how he chooses to inspire on his next projects. He earns a 7/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale for his art.

Overall, A$AP Rocky earns a 7/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale.

Stream “RIOT(Rowdy Pipe’n)” below.


bottom of page