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A$AP Rocky announced to the world via tweet (and crying Benedict Cumberbatch GIF) last weekend that "Cozy Tapes Vol. 1" was finished.
"Cozy Tapes" has been a labor of love and devotion for Rocky. The project, which features multiple A$AP Mob members, was initiated by close friend A$AP Yams, who died suddenly in early 2015. While there’s no release date yet for "Cozy Tapes," we’re one step closer today with the release of the film "Money Man," which includes two tracks from the album.
The intense 12-minute short film was directed by AWGE, A$AP Rocky's creative collective, and tells the tragic story of Rina, a character trapped in a world of crime and misfortune. It is soundtracked by the song "Money Man" featuring A$AP Nast and "Put That On My Set" featuring Skepta. Both songs were recorded at Red Bull Studios London.
The film — shot over three days in northwest London — also features A$AP Nast and Skepta. Also making an appearance is Said Taghmaoui, the screenwriter and actor, who starred in the groundbreaking 1995 French film "La Haine," upon which the "Money Man" film takes its inspiration, and the acclaimed David O. Russell movie "Three Kings."
Last month, A$AP Rocky dropped the track "Crazy Brazy" — featuring A$AP Rocky, the Atlanta rapper Key! and A$AP Twelvvy — which is also on "Cozy Tapes." In an interview with MTV, Rocky called the album "an introduction to a new cozy way. It's really rap-punk meets alternative underground."