ASAP Rocky was on hand with B.E.T. to ring in the New Year. During the special 106 & Park New Years event ASAP Rocky performed and reflected on his year in 2012. Check it out!
ASAP Rocky recently chopped it up with Miss Info where he recapped his biggest year ever. Additionally Rocky also discusses the growth of the ASAP Mobb, beef with former friends, his past romances, his legal troubles, and his fashion trendsetting. Rocky and ASAP Ferg also sound off about the early leak of Rocky’s debut album, Long Live ASAP.
“Hey! I need a fork!” In a secluded backroom at Sony Music’s London office, Harlem-born A$AP Rocky has just taken delivery of a consignment of Nando’s but has realised too late that he doesn’t have anything with which to eat his “Macho peas”. Improvising, he tears the corner off the carton and starts spooning them into his mouth with a shrug: “I’m so ghetto, look at what I do!” This might be his first time in London, and his first taste of that patented Peri Peri, but the 23-year-old’s reputation precedes him. Since he announced himself to the world with “Peso” late last year (with its catwalk-friendly line “Raf Simons, Rick Owens, usually what I’m dressed in”) he’s signed a $3m deal with Sony and become known as the East Coast MC with an eye for fashion that’s as high as he is. Slouching back on a sofa, he talks to GQ.com about why he isn’t a gangster, the $2,500 trainers he won’t wear and why you should think twice before copying Tupac’s tattoo…
GQ.com: Can you talk us through what you’re wearing today?
A$AP Rocky: A Black Scale t-shirt, Ksubi jeans, a Pigalle hoodie, a Givenchy-inspired biker jacket and a Comme Des F*** Down beanie. I’m pretty regular today. These Rick Owens shoes are my favourites – they look like military space boots. I’ve been into fashion since I was about eight years old. Not high fashion, of course but urban fashion: Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Guess and Iceberg.
How do you make your favourite drink?
Sprite, Promethazine-codeine and ice in a polystyrene cup, then drop in some Jolly Ranchers. They sink and dissolve and give the flavour. That’s what we call “Purple Swag”. If you drink it then that night you can’t drink liquor. The first time you do it you’ll just be knocked out and snoring. The second time, everything will be s-l-o-w. Sometimes it’s purple and it just puts you in this melodic state where everything is wavy and spacey and psychedelic.
I dress how I feel. I just go off emotion.
What advice do you have about getting a tattoo?
I only have one: like Tupac had “THUG LIFE” I’ve got “A$AP LIFE” across my stomach. It hurt like a bitch. I took about five bathroom breaks, three water breaks and two breathers. It was like I was in labour. The second he started to put the needle to my skin I wanted to stop, man. That’s the worst pain I’ve ever had to endure in my whole life.
What’s your key style rule?
I dress how I feel. I just go off emotion. I can’t prepare my outfit a day before. Everything I wear is spontaneous.
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“Is this a word? Keyboardist?” asked Rakim Meyers, better known by his stage name A$AP Rocky of the quickly budding Harlem collective A$AP Mob. “I’m getting ready for Coachella, and I’ve got a band with someone special.”
When questioned if it was Scott Storch (and whether if the noted producer was sober) Rocky replied with a laugh, “I don’t know if he’s sober, but I know he’s focused!”
Draped in a multi-colored, animal-patterned, puffy winter jacket—a gift from his friend, fashion designer Jeremy Scott—and donning a black fitted with A$AP written on its crown, the 23-year-old rapper displayed a welcoming charm that’s more sincere than media trained. With “Peso” and “Purple Swag” earning him a hefty 3-million-dollar deal with Sony, along with cosigns from Drake and Harlem’s own Jim Jones, the emerging star cuts a gaudy figure, favoring Japanese designer brands (Comme des Garçons and Neighborhood), golden grills, and Adidas Jeremy Scott Wings. He smiled frequently in speech, and talked with a gentle voice that’s playful yet observant.
Taking a late dinner break during the music video shoot of Swizz Beatz’s “Street Knock,” which features Rocky on a verse, the rapper/director sat down with XXL on a chilly Saturday evening in Brooklyn, where he discussed about his upcoming debut LongLiveA$AP, Harlem, and Iggy Azaela.
XXLMag.com: Tell us about your upcoming album.
A$AP Rocky: It’s crazy. I don’t really have much to say about it. It’s going to speak for itself, honestly. You can expect it in July. But we’re going to have an A$AP Mob’s tape in May. I’ve got some shits on there. That should be a preview for mom fuckers.
There are some rumors going on about you and Iggy Azaela.
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A$AP Rocky is currently one of the most talked about newcomers on the hip-hop scene, with his laid-back, purple-smoking attitude and infectious beats.
Fresh from the success of his mixtape LiveLoveA$AP, A$AP has bagged performance slots at festivals across the US, in addition to joining fellow newcomer Kendrick Lamar to support Young Money’s Drake on tour.
The Harlem bred rapper further explains a previous statement about New York rappers and how the A$AP crew lends itself to the scene