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$AP.—Confusion
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Congratulations, Rock—you’re one of the 20 Most Stylish Men Alive. In the magazine we’re showing a photo of you In Milan. You’re wearing—
Let me guess: The black leather moto jacket with the black ripped jeans and Hermès belt?
[Laughs] That’s one of my favorite outfits, bro.
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Like Tupac, Ice Cube, Ice T, and many more rap stars before him, A$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.
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Any celebrity style list without A$AP Rocky is irrelevant. Just facts. Besides Kanye West, who else in hip-hop right now has and is changing fashion and the way Harlem guys dress? From the jump, he’s had a sense of style specific to him, which is to say, he’s never followed trends or done what other celebs were doing. If anything, he’s started a few trends, inspired the youth to tie a shirt around their waist, cop Rick Owens gear, and Google Ann Demeulemeester. The Complex cover star is having a big year so far—he released the long-awaited album A.L.L.A., is starring in the film Dope, and may be working on a line of luxury fur coats—and honestly, his style is just getting even better.
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A$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$AP Rocky, on newsstands Tuesday.
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We got scientific on this. Hundreds of candidates considered. Thousands of street style photos analyzed. (To see exactly how scientific, click here.) We even spent several hours just contemplating Jared Leto’s hair. Then, after endless rounds of debate, we finalized our list and made it the cover of the July issue.
This is not about the celebrities who spend the most cash on designer clothes or hire the best stylists. Instead, we were looking for guys who carry themselves through the world with confidence and originality. Men who follow their own spirit guides. (Something tells us Kanye’s is a peregrine falcon, but don’t ask us why.) Men who can teach us a thing or two about how to get dressed—and whose moves we most want to steal.
So here they are: The twenty most stylish men alive.
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Selena Gomez recruits A$AP Rocky for her new single “Good For You.” You can listen to the track below and cop it now on iTunes. Look for the official music video to drop soon as well.
A$AP Rocky joins Annie Mac in the studio for a clash of back-to-back party records.
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Set in 2015, the coming-of-age comedy Dope is steeped in the sound of the ’90s: Malcolm, the protagonist (whose chance drug gain sets off the story), is obsessed with retro rap. But Rocky, in his acting debut, is the film’s true music authority. And while Chanel Iman—also in her acting debut—may be a bit more familiar with the runway than the recording studio, she knows a classic tune when she hears one. We asked both of them to make us ’90s playlists.
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Rocky went left and it worked. Rarely does that happen. Albums that divert from what you’ve expected from an artist are often times polarizing. But the A$AP frontman delivered with one of his best projects to date. He shows his lyrical growth from the beginning. “Holy Ghost” is like going to church on Sunday after a night of partying. It’s a song of reflection, and it’s a song about doubters and hypocrites. The A$AP Mob has had its fair share of the latter. No one knows what their destiny holds. The passing of Yams has a lot to do with that notion. However, if Rocky can stay in the zone that he was in when creating A.L.L.A. they’ll be fine. Hopefully a collab album with ScHoolboy Q is on the way because they cannot miss. “Electric Body” is going to tear the summer up. Expect to hear this album blaring from car speakers and Harlem windows for the foreseeable future. —AD
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