A$AP Rocky tells the story of a time his brother talked him into buying a Rakim cassette tape instead of the Mortal Kombat soundtrack.
A$AP Rocky is moving across the pond and settling down in London.
The ‘Long. Live. A$AP’ rapper exclusively revealed to Capital XTRA that he’s bought a property in one of London’s most expensive areas, Mayfair.
Tim Westwood caught up with A$AP backstage at Wireless Festival today (3rd July) and asked A$AP where he would be living once he made the move.
“If I tell you you gon’ slap me,” Rocky laughed, eventually revealing that Mayfair will be his new home.
“That’s the most poshest [part of London]…” He said. “But they don’t know who I am over there, they don’t care about me that’s why I love it.”
A$AP performed on the main stage tonight ahead of Drake, who brought out Skepta as a surprise guest and ‘Shutdown’ Finsbury Park.
Watch the full interview above.
Via Capital XTRA.
When I meet A$AP Rocky at a restaurant in midtown Manhattan– the kind where veal tomahawk chops go for $50 a pop – he’s trying to figure out the day’s itinerary. How to, in the next six hours, cram in a performance on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, a shopping spree at Dior Homme and the New York premiere for the film he’s making his acting debut in – Rick Famuyiwa’s coming-of-age comedy, Dope. “I’ve been living like a black rock star,” he says, “I slept for an hour today – an hour and a half? – but I need more.”
That schedule also goes some way to understanding how the rapper – real name Rakim Mayers – has morphed, in fewer than five years, from the self-proclaimed “pretty motherfucker” from across 110th Street to the cocky figurehead of the A$AP Mob – the Harlem crew that revived New York hip-hop. But there are multiple sides to Rocky. Is he, as he raps, the Fashion Killa more interested in hanging out with designers Raf Simons and Rick Owens than making music? Or the lothario who, as his lyrics put it, has had too many Fuckin’ Problems? On one level, he might be considered the typically brash young rapper who sports pavé diamonds in his teeth, has a downtown penthouse in New York and a Hollywood pad, and chases Roger Sterling-esque mind expansion via psychedelic drugs. On the other, he says, he’s the humble, studious creative, would-be director and movie star. Rocky knows that some of the preconceptions about him are down to his entrance into the world of rap in 2011, which wasn’t exactly subtle. “Coming in I was so braggodocious: gold, bitches, all that other shit. Not a lot has changed,” he says. “I’m just a little more humble. I’m here to stand out, I’m not here to shit on people no more.”
Continue reading on The Guardian.
A$AP Rocky and Wiz Khalifa have just announced a joint European tour for the fall. The 16-date run will have stops in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. It all kicks off on October 13th. An exclusive pre-sale will start tomorrow, with a general sale starting on Friday. Check out the flyer above to see if they’re coming to a city near you.
A$AP Rocky is very high. We’re talking Jim Breuer in Half Baked. Brad Pitt in True Romance. Chris Tucker in Friday. Keanu Reeves in life.
He’s holed up in his hotel room in London. When I connect with him by phone, I say, “Hello?” All I hear on the other end is breathing, then a deep drag, followed by a glorious exhale. This lasts for about ten seconds. Finally, a hazy-sounding A$AP reveals himself.
What’s up, man? How you doin’?
It’s the second week of June, prior to tragic events of Charleston, and the 26-year-old rapper is flying high. His sophomore studio album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and Dope, which marks his feature acting debut, has been lauded by critics and audiences alike. Right now, A$AP Rocky doesn’t have a care in the world—except, that is, what he’s going to eat for supper.
“For the most part, the food is pretty shitty here,” he says of London. “But whatever.”
This food quandary is partially my fault. I mentioned my time studying in London close to a decade ago, and how difficult it was—as a New Yorker, especially—to find a nice, cheap lunch in a city sorely lacking in delis, bagels, tacos, and pizza. But this generalization was qualified to Mr. Rocky by admitting that the food situation across the pond had improved dramatically in the years since.
Continue reading on The Daily Beast.
A$AP Rocky sat down with Slant to talk about growing up in Harlem and the making of At.Long.Last.A$AP. Read the full interview here.
Jada Yuan of New York Magazine hosts the DOPE panel at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Watch the hilarious Q&A with Director Rick Famuyiwa, Zoe Kravitz, Kiersey Clemons, Shameik Moore, Quincy Jones, A$AP Rocky, and Tony Revolori.
A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, in DOPE, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.
A$AP Rocky doesn’t have the message that Kendrick Lamar has. He doesn’t have the pop sensibility of Drake or the grandiose vision of Kanye. What’s so great about A$AP Rocky?
For Rocky, cool is more than a slick way with words, cocky delivery, and emphasis on style. It’s knowing how to say “I don’t give a fuck” and sound like you mean it. It’s identifying niche qualities from different worlds and combining them into something new. It’s making it to the top of the rap game and then swerving left with a trippy ass album inspired by drugs, sex, and rock ‘n’ roll.
On his debut album, 2013’s Long.Live.A$AP, it felt like Rocky was trying to prove that he could be a mainstream star. Songs like “Wild For The Night,” “Fuckin’ Problems,” and “Fashion Killa” all sounded like Rocky was ignoring his own gut reactions in order to make something with more potential mass appeal. Despite that compromise, it was still a good album. “Goldie,” “PMW,” and “1Train” were all strong Rocky songs, and with over 500,000 copies sold, Rocky entered the upper echelon of rap.
On At.Long.Last.A$AP, Rocky’s not trying to prove anything. There are no clear crossover records, with the possible exception of the awesomely random Rod Stewart, Miguel, and Mark Ronson-featuring “Everyday.” Rocky has already proven that he can fit in with radio regulars like Sam Smith and Selena, but this album avoids all that. Instead, he invites an obscure London street musician (Joe Fox), a lo-fi internet favorite from L.A. (Bones), and the elusive Mos Def for an exploration into psychedelic influences and left-field hip-hop.
Look, I understand the complaints about A$AP Rocky being all style and no substance, but let’s be real: there are enough conscious rappers to go around, and there’s a reason why most of them aren’t popular. Music is more than a message—it’s feeling, expression, and mood. These are things Rocky is a master of, and they are things that make him, as an artist, far more interesting than a technically sound rapper who has a political agenda and a way with words.
And of course, it would be negligent to not acknowledge A$AP Yams. One of the great musical minds of our generation, Yams was a curator of the highest caliber. He merged street and internet culture in ways that yielded something completely new and modern, and it’s ignorant to even talk about the A$AP aesthetic without mentioning Yams. It’s without a doubt that Yams’ tastes and ear played an essential role in making A.L.L.A the best album of 2015, so far. RIP Yams. Long live A$AP.—Confusion
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Congratulations, Rock—you’re one of the 20 Most Stylish Men Alive. In the magazine we’re showing a photo of you In Milan. You’re wearing—
Let me guess: The black leather moto jacket with the black ripped jeans and Hermès belt?
[Laughs] That’s one of my favorite outfits, bro.
Continue reading on GQ Magazine.
Like Tupac, Ice Cube, Ice T, and many more rap stars before him, A$AP Rocky has turned his hand to acting and made his silver screen debut in the 90s hip hop comedy Dope. Rocky plays Dom, a drug dealer in a fictional Inglewood neighborhood named “The Bottoms.” To avoid arrest, Dom unloads a backpack filled with the titular dope on the film’s nerdy protagonist, Malcolm. But when he wants the goods returned, Dom becomes a man on a mission. i-D caught up with the rapper at Cannes and found out about how he fell into the role, how much love he’s got for P Diddy and how he doesn’t give a fuck about skin color.
Continue reading on i-D Magazine.
Any celebrity style list without A$AP Rocky is irrelevant. Just facts. Besides Kanye West, who else in hip-hop right now has and is changing fashion and the way Harlem guys dress? From the jump, he’s had a sense of style specific to him, which is to say, he’s never followed trends or done what other celebs were doing. If anything, he’s started a few trends, inspired the youth to tie a shirt around their waist, cop Rick Owens gear, and Google Ann Demeulemeester. The Complex cover star is having a big year so far—he released the long-awaited album A.L.L.A., is starring in the film Dope, and may be working on a line of luxury fur coats—and honestly, his style is just getting even better.
Continue reading on Complex Magazine.
A$AP Rocky is the cover star for The Source‘s 2015 Summer Issue, following a roller-coaster first 6 months of the year. The Harlem native’s sophomore album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, eclipsing his #1 debut album’s first-week sales mark to boot. Despite the absence of typical, radio-ready records like “F*ckin’ Problems” and “Wild For The Night,” Rocky’s all-encompassing approach to his 2nd LP brought out several new facets of the emcee that we’d never been treated to, on songs like “L$D” and “Holy Ghost.”
In 2015, it wasn’t just the music world Rocky excelled in. Rick Famuyiwa and Forest Whitaker‘s critically-acclaimed Hip-Hop film Dope, which claimed the hearts of thousands at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is the summer’s indie darling, and claimed a Top 5 spot at its opening weekend box office with over $6 million in domestic sales. Rocky, who grew up on classic Hip-Hop films like Juice and Menace II Society, jumped at the opportunity to be in the movie, and sent in his audition after meeting Famuyiwa in New York. Rocky plays Dom, a rugged, but charming drug dealer that entrusts a nerd he’s only known for a short time with his fate. It was almost tailor-made for A$AP. The “Jukebox Joints” rapper talks with us about life after Yams, how he ended up acting on Dope, and a slew of other topics. In celebration of this summer being a huge one for the intersection where Hip-Hop meets Hollywood, we talk to the major players of the forthcoming N.W.A. movie, Straight Outta Compton, about recapturing the magic, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and more brought us 27 years ago. Also, Mike Epps and Nick Cannon make their return to national television, and the nation’s favorite Hip-Hop drama, Empire, will try to best its record-breaking first season.
In addition to Rocky, we’re joined by one of the biggest names in Hollywood, the incomparable Ava DuVernay, who has just agreed to direct Marvel’s Black Panther movie, talks how her life has changed after Selma, and what her vision is for the next few projects she plans to undertake. Today’s the NBA Draft, and there’s no telling what exactly will happen, but our sports writers try their best to determine which 5 prospects will make the biggest impacts. Not only that, but now that the fight’s over, how does Floyd Mayweather match-up with the greatest fighters of all-time? We also talk to Power star Naturi Naughton, Kelly Rowland and Faith Evans about how they’re dealing with such important moments in their careers, and chat with some of today’s hottest young talent in music, including Casey Veggies and Boogie.
Grab your Summer Issue, featuring cover star A$AP Rocky, on newsstands Tuesday.
Via The Source.