Fox 5’s entertainment reporter, Kevin McCarthy, sat down with A$AP Rocky to talk about the new film, ‘DOPE.’
A$AP Rocky hangs out with Big Boy in the studio, and discusses his creative process when writing; even dreaming about new songs. He goes into the music business and the politics within the industry. A$AP Rocky also dives into what it’s like being single, the state of hip-hop, and his new movie, “Dope”. Plus, much more!
After connecting with Boosie for the debut episode of our new interview series 5 Under 5, we link up with Harlem’s A$AP Rocky to pick his brain on a number of pressing questions. Rocky breaks down the meaning behind his album titles, why he linked up with Rod Stewart, what’s changed since Yams has passed, and more.
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A$AP Rocky talks about his new album, how Dangermouse, Mark Ronson, Rod Stewart and Miguel got on the album.
A$AP also explains how the music game has changed from wanting to make a story with the album and now people just want to make a hit single. He talks about NY artists and CA artists and how peoples opinion of them differ.
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A$AP Rocky is in a car on his way to Philadelphia to do a screening for the movie Dope, a coming-of-age comedy set in the ’90s about a band of hip-hop kids trying to get out of L.A. The film, which marks Rocky’s acting debut, is just one of several projects the New York rapper is juggling at the moment. His sophomore effort, At.Long.Last.A$AP, dropped last week (one week earlier than expected) and is now at No. 1 on the Billboard “200.” The album includes a staggering number of guests — from Rod Stewart and Mark Ronson, to M.I.A. and Mos Def — that reflect the 26-year-old’s wide-ranging tastes. On top of that, he’s developing a new line of high-end luxury fur coats. “I can’t help that I can multitask,” he says. During a recent call from the road, the A$AP Mob member shared more details about his eclectic taste, the title of a dubious mixtape with Rod Stewart, and why you should never publicly disrespect Lil B.
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A$AP Rocky claims the #1 spot on multiple charts this week with his critically acclaimed sophomore album At.Long.Last.A$AP (A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records), including his second #1 entry on Billboard’s Top 200 Album, R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap charts, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The outspoken MC also takes the #1 position on Spotify’s Top Album chart, breaking Drake’s nine-week run at #1 and placing A$AP Rocky as the #1 Top Artist on the streaming site. Eleven tracks off of the album have generated over 1 million streams each in the US since its unexpected release on May 26th.
Internationally, Rocky lands the #1 spot on Canada’s Top Album chart and debuts at #10 in the UK. The album also marks career high Top 10 entries in Australia, Switzerland and New Zealand with only half the chart week. Additionally, At.Long.Last.A$AP peaked at #1 on iTunes in 31 markets including UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Poland, Russia and Ireland.
A$AP Rocky’s return to the top of the charts is complemented with an overwhelming response from fans and media with the Los Angeles Times describing the album as “raw, woozy, profoundly psychedelic and often brilliant.” The New York Times proclaims “Rocky is a more precise and impressive rapper… a rapper who understands his talent in relation to that of his peers and that of his influences, unafraid of showing you his blueprint.” Rolling Stone cites “At.Long.Last.A$AP takes the gritty East Coast classicism and syrup-drippin’ Houston screwiness of his killer 2013 debut, Long.Live.A$AP, and adds an extra level of psychedelic sprawl…”
In 2013, A$AP Rocky announced his global arrival in a major way with his chart-topping debut album LONG.LIVE.A$AP. Despite leaking a week prior to release, the album entered at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200, Hip-Hop Albums, R&B Albums and Digital Albums charts. LONG.LIVE.A$AP also made Top 10 chart entries in 24 countries around the world and included the platinum-selling Noah “40” Shebib produced track “F**kin’ Problems,” featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, which won a BET Award for Best Collaboration, BET Hip-Hop Award for Best Collaboration, Duo or Group, MTV Video Music Award Japan for Best Hip-Hop Video, and nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song.
In support of the album, A$AP Rocky will embark on a European tour later this month. Tour dates will be announced shortly.
Getting old sucks. Of course it does. All those missed opportunities flashing by your eyes, telling you that things could have been different if only you’d been a little less cynical. The next generation, however, are doing things differently: they’re grabbing life with both hands and intend to ride it to the moon and back.
To prove this, we sent film-makers on the road with the Red Bull Music Academy UK Tour to speak to the latest generation of good-time people, artists and creative thinkers. The result, Trust Me, is a positive tonic that features young folk with open minds, wisdom beyond their years and enough bright-eyed optimism to power the UK through a blackout.
Filmed over the four weekends that Red Bull Music Academy called into Glasgow, Bristol, London and Manchester, the film shows exactly what’s on young people’s minds these days and what they think about all those sticky issues that seem to drive older people up the wall.
It’s not just party-goers put in front of the camera either. New British talent like Little Simz, Skepta and JME give their tuppence worth, while A$AP Rocky and Seth Troxler explain what it is that fascinates them about British youth culture and its propensity for having it large.
Promoting his recent album “At.Long.Last.A$AP”, A$AP Rocky stopped by “The Whoolywood Shuffle” with DJ Whoo Kid on Shade 45. The 30-minute interview is laced with gems; Rocky speaks on losing the ring that Swizz Beatz gifted him, PacSun pulling his “anarchist” merchandise from their shelves, being instrumental in Mos Def changing back his name from Yasiin Bey, working with Rod Stewart on “Everyday”, Rick Owen’s wife Michèle Lamy paying homage to A$AP Yams with the artwork for “A.L.L.A.”, Lil B cursing the Houston Rockets and diffusing a beef that Rocky had with another rapper, and more.
The interview ends with Rocky putting Wiz Khalifa on blast. It’s out there that Rocky turned down a weed challenge from Wiz, but he sets the record straight and how he got Wiz back by popping his mushroom cherry. Tune into “The Whoolywood Shuffle” each and every Saturday from 12p-6p EST, with a re-broadcast on Sunday’s from 10a-4p EST exclusively on Eminem’s Shade 45 (Sirius XM).
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“I hope you all enjoy this, nah’mean? If it’s one thing I can say about this album, it’s that I wanted to make music the way I wanted to, not like any of this other wack sh*t out here.” This is how Rakim Mayers, alias A$AP Rocky, recently addressed an intimate crowd of about 25-30 journalists, label reps and industry folk at his pre-release album listening event.
Of the 18 tracks that make up his second studio album, A.L.L.A (At.Long.Last.A$AP), the crowd only heard about seven or eight songs, but one could already get an impression of the trippy, psychedelic sound Rocky was experimenting with for the new project. With anticipation already building for what A.L.L.A. would bring from the banger of a single “Lord Pretty Flacko 2,” all buzz seemed to fall to the wayside with the sudden and tragic death of A$AP Mob founder A$AP Yams. How the Mob will move forward without their fallen captain remains in question, but with Rocky at the forefront, they’ve made it known that it would be business as usual, with them dedicating all that comes next (including A.L.L.A.) to their longtime friend.
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It’s been a long afternoon, but A$AP Rocky has just gotten a second wind. The rapper is sitting in a swivel chair in a control room at Jungle City Studios in Chelsea. He’s in the middle of a nonstop press day, giving consecutive interviews to promote his new album A.L.L.A. — an acronym for “At. Long. Last. A$AP” — and despite the fact that we’ve been here for hours, the Harlem native is bright and alert…although he’s lost track of time.
“What’s today?” he asks, holding an almost-smoked joint to his chest. His hair is pulled back neatly into braids and his smile glistens from a gold bottom grill. He’s wearing all black and what appear to be red slippers — both comfy and very expensive-looking — on his feet. His amnesia is understandable; it’s been a whirlwind week. On May 26, he dropped his sophomore album a week early with a party at Milk Studios. A family affair, the event was attended by his A$AP Mob collective, relatives of his late former manager Steven “A$AP Yams” Rodriguez and his mother. “She just be chillin’. She’s happy for me. She keeps me humble,” Rocky laughs about his mom. “She kind of had something going when she named me Rakim. She was onto something!”
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