Today, English producer BURNS has once again set his sights on hip-hop, enlisting A$AP Rocky to steer his new single "Energy." With Sabrina Claudio holding it down alongside him, Rocky reveals another element of his stylistic toolkit, one which trades bars for a more melodic approach. The track marks Claudio's return to the hip-hop adjacent world since catching heat over old, racially disrespectful Tweets around this time last year. Crafting to an uptempo, saxophone-driven dance beat, BURNS looks to have created an ideal soundtrack for the summer; the instrumental is as important as the vocalists, taking up ample space with its lush array of frequencies.
The single is an interesting choice for Rocky, who continues to explore different stylistic paths, a pattern that blossomed to divisive results on Testing. Fans will likely continue to question his decision-making, as many have coveted a return to "mixtape Rocky," perhaps seeking an ideal that no longer exists. Perhaps it's wise to simply let go, and allow yourself to trust the New York icon in his future endeavors. Do you approve of him lining tracks of this nature? Sound off below.