Lil B The BasedGod had the honor of premiering A$AP Rocky’s latest video for “LSD” last night. Check out the psychedelic visual directed by Dexter Navy and co-directed by Flacko, above. At.Long.Last.A$AP arrives June 2nd.
There’s no right way to listen to A$AP Rocky’s new album.
“It’s just one of those things where you get to dissect it how you want,” he says, chatting in the backseat of an SUV as he heads from his SoHo penthouse to Harlem for a Q&A late one afternoon. “For me, I had to listen to it in a whole piece, as one. Word from somebody else: it’s a masterpiece.”
Perhaps self-conscious about seeming cocky, he grins and lets out a hearty laugh, changing the subject as he points out a bikini-clad model on a nearby billboard and asks if she’s Adriana Lima. (She isn’t.)
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The rumors surrounding ASAP Rocky’s new project, At. Long. Last. ASAP, are that it’s good. Damn good. Good enough to project Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye into the conversation of the top music makers in the industry. That good. We know the album is going to be a bit psychedelic, druggy, and highly finessed—Harlem, Houston, and East London glued together with swagger. Everyone who’s heard the album knows it’s a smash—chief among those folks is Rocky himself. Which is exactly why him and his camp have been keeping the album so close to the chest. But not too close to deny us this short leak, shot by artist Daniel Arsham and produced by Danger Mouse. A.L.L.A. Is due out June 2nd. Hopefully this won’t be the last thing we see or hear before then.
Via GQ Magazine.
Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky is blowing open the doors of perception with the forthcoming At. Long. Last. A$AP, an album influenced by his recent psychedelic-drug use as well as the trippy sonics of producer Danger Mouse. Rocky cut more than 40 songs, primarily in London, working with guests like Miguel, Mark Ronson and the former Mos Def, Yasiin Bey. “Trust me, it ain’t no cheesy shit,” Rocky says of his mind-opening new direction. “It’s that fire.”
With his slender frame draped across a chair at a restaurant in Harlem, Rocky speaks in low, concise, stoned sentences. When asked, “Do you get tired doing of these interviews?” he responds with a one-word answer: “Yeah.” He lights up for a moment when discussing his recently-deceased friend A$AP Yams. “He was different,” Rocky says, intending that as high praise. Later in the night he would debut its first official single — the Rod Stewart-sampling “Everyday” — at a Red Bull Music Academy event, but first he talked to Rolling Stone about the record, Baltimore and Yams’ lost LP.
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A$AP Rocky unveiled his A$AP Yams-inspired album cover art over the weekend. At.Long.Last.A$AP arrives 6.2.15.
Rocky participated in another exclusive interview at the Red Bull Academy in Harlem last night and premiered “Everyday” featuring Rod Stewart x Miguel x Mark Ronson. Check it out below & At.Long.Last.ASAP arriving on June 2nd.
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A$AP Rocky dishes to Billboard about some of his drug-fueled experiences, the music he’s listening to and more.
Junk food, politicians, weed, Netflix and other rappers.
A$AP Rocky will be reporting live and direct from Harlem this Thursday for his latest lecture with RBMA. Submit your questions for Flacko by tweeting using the hashtag “#ASKROCKY” and then tune in to RBMA’s website on Thursday at 8pm to stream the interview live.
For his Billboard cover story, out Friday, May 1, A$AP Rocky explains there are two distinct types of rappers — celebrities and artists. The 26-year old star knows exactly which category he falls under.
“I’m famous, I’m popular — I’m just not a celebrity. I’m an artist,” Rocky (born Rakim Mayers) tells Billboard. “In my 60s, I don’t want to be just remembered as that kid from back in the day that had cool shit.”
For now, though, the Harlem native has plenty of it. As he readies his highly-anticipated sophomore studio album At. Long. Last. A$AP. (due May 12 on RCA), Rocky is fresh off his cinematic debut in the Sundance hit Dope and has his hands full with high-fashion endeavors. In his cover story interview, he waxes poetic on his taste in clothing and explains why we might not be seeing him in a film for some time. Rocky far exceeds the rapper’s typical job description; he’s a psychedelic free spirit who’s got a mind for business too. Here are five things we learned about this true Renaissance man:
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Part 2 of CRWN with A$AP Rocky and Elliott Wilson finds the Harlem MC talking about the importance of his hometown (“fashion and culture, we’re the mecca of it”), his affinity with high fashion, and his opinion on Kanye West. “Him and Pharrell paved the way for artists like myself. I would be full of shit if I didn’t tell you that when I was 16, I was inspired by Kanye West.”
Rocky also talked about getting permission to be named Pretty Flacko Lord Jodye II from the original Pretty Flacko Mos Def, hating on Lil B before respecting the Based God, and being on psychedelics when Pusha T played him some crazy new music.
But the heaviest part of the entire interview came at the very end, when fellow Mob members A$AP Nast and A$Ap Twelvyy joined Rocky onstage as they talked about their fallen brother, A$AP Yams, who passed away in January. “[A$AP Mob] always been close, so I’m not gon’ say him passing brought us closer together,” said Rocky, “but what I will say is we appreciate each other way more ’cause we know tomorrow ain’t promised to nobody.”
Check out the second half of CRWN with A$AP Rocky and Elliott Wilson above, and if you missed part one, check it out right here.