Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Joey Badass, YelaWolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Big K.R.I.T. over a beat crafted by Hit-Boy — the producer behind “Niggas in Paris” — “1 Train” was the most anticipated track for many prior to the release of the album Long.Live.A$AP. Hit-Boy also produced Rocky’s first single from the album, “Goldie”, and the featured artist Kendrick Lamar can be heard on another of the album’s songs.
In an interview with Peter Rosenberg and Hot 97, Rocky explains why he chose these features, who had his favorite verse, and the significance of the track’s title. You can check the full interview here.
The song hit the internet on the 18th of December 2012, the same day the entire album leaked and nearly a month prior to the actual release date.
The song features our dawg, M.W.A. aka YelaWolf, he spits:
“When you mention my name amongst other white rappers
Or for that matter, any fuckin’ rapper, fuck it
Painter, skater, musician, trailer park dirt ditch diggin’
Burger flippin’, eat, sleep, shittin’ human bein’, you would be in
Trouble to body double or couple me to these others
Cause comparatively speakin’, my reach is beyond the bubble
That they put me in.”
Listen to the symphony from the new school below: