The world is bracing for this man’s Metallica collaboration. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

- ASAP Rocky — the sorta-okay Harlem rapper who consistently finds himself rapping amid pretty-great songs — tells Pitchfork he signed to Sony/RCA for a staggering $3 million. The only thing that could make this okay is if Clams Casino sweeps the Grammys in 2013.

- What's that Tony Lewis/Tony Jr. line in Wale’s recent single “Bait” all about? Read this fascinating Washington Post feature from 2010 by Theresa Vargas to find out. (We’ll have a review of Wale’s new album, “Ambition,” next week, too.)

Clicky shuffle: Your random song for Friday morning

Desire, “Don’t Call”