A$AP Rocky attends the Bottega Veneta fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week
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A$AP Rocky Finally Announces the 'Don't Be Dumb' Album Release Date

A$AP Rocky is finally dropping his fourth studio album "Don't Be Dumb," six years after the release of 'TESTING.' Here's what we know about Flacko's 2024 drop.

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Jun. 21 2024, Published 4:38 p.m. ET

Hip-hop fans are eagerly awaiting the release of A$AP Rocky's new album, "Don’t Be Dumb."

The Harlem-born rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, has been teasing his upcoming project over the past year with a series of cryptic messages and new singles.

This album marks his first full-length release since 2018's "TESTING," and the anticipation is out of this world. Luckily, we finally have a release date!

Here’s what we know about Rocky’s upcoming album, which comes six years after his last record.

A$AP Rocky’s 2024 album is set to launch his music comeback.

A$AP Rocky’s 2024 album, "Don’t Be Dumb," is set to be his biggest release yet. Rocky was having his American Sabotage runway show at Paris Fashion Week when he announced the release date for his album, August 30.

Rocky has been hyping the album over the past few months. “Album finished. 'Don't Be Dumb.' Let's go,” Rocky exclaimed during an Amazon Music concert (per Highs Nobiety).

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A$AP Rocky at the A$AP Rocky X American Sabotage by AWGE Menswear

The project features an impressive lineup of acts including Pharrell Williams, Tyler, the Creator, Madlib, Metro Boomin, and The Alchemist.

Rocky has also used live performances to build anticipation for the album.

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At Rolling Loud Miami, he debuted several new songs, including one reportedly titled "Taylor Swift," which included lyrics aimed at an unnamed rival.

And while fans of Rocky have been asking for new music since he began teasing the album, the rapper said he wanted to take his time creating the project.

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“Man it's not like I'm out here just doing furniture and clothes—no, I'm working on music every day and I'm just taking my time,” Rocky told GQ. “It takes me longer because I care. I’m [trying to] make a body of work that represents that year but also lasts and it ages like fine wine. I don't want to do songs [just] to stay relevant or prevalent in the rap game.”

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Rocky burst onto the music scene with his 2011 mixtape, "Live.Love.ASAP," which featured hits like "Purple Swag" and "Peso." The mixtape was a huge success, and showcased Flacko’s unique blend of Harlem street rap with new-age production.

Following the success of his debut, Rocky released his first studio album, "Long.Live.ASAP." The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and included singles like "Fashion Killa," and "F**kin' Problems," featuring Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar.

A$AP Rocky’s trial will not impact Don't Be Dumb's release.

As A$AP Rocky gears up for the release of his 2024 album, his trial for the assault of A$AP Relli looms.

According to Rolling Stone, Rocky’s trial is set to begin on October 21, which means any potential tour associated with the album will have to wait.

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Rakim Mayers, aka A$AP Rocky, sits in the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center during a preliminary hearing in his assault with a semiautomatic firearm case in Los Angeles, California

The Harlem rapper pled guilty to two felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm. Prosecutors argue that Rocky violently attacked Relli, without regard for the A$AP Mob member’s health.

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