If you’ve been paying any attention to the local tour circuit, you would know that the hood pope, AKA the trap lord, AKA Fergenstein, AKA A$AP Ferg was recently in town. We know the A$AP Mob member is just as influential in the style world as he is in the music, so when we linked up with him in Sydney we made a beeline direct to Subtype Store. Once we got there we did a little shopping, chilled out, and introduced him to our friend Careaux for a quick chat about life on the road.
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$AP Yams with the artwork for “A.L.L.A.”, Lil B cursing the Houston Rockets and diffusing a beef that Rocky had with another rapper, and more.
The interview ends with Rocky putting Wiz Khalifa on blast. It’s out there that Rocky turned down a weed challenge from Wiz, but he sets the record straight and how he got Wiz back by popping his mushroom cherry. Tune into “The Whoolywood Shuffle” each and every Saturday from 12p-6p EST, with a re-broadcast on Sunday’s from 10a-4p EST exclusively on Eminem’s Shade 45 (Sirius XM).
“I hope you all enjoy this, nah’mean? If it’s one thing I can say about this album, it’s that I wanted to make music the way I wanted to, not like any of this other wack sh*t out here.” This is how Rakim Mayers, alias A$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$AP Yams. How the Mob will move forward without their fallen captain remains in question, but with Rocky at the forefront, they’ve made it known that it would be business as usual, with them dedicating all that comes next (including A.L.L.A.) to their longtime friend.
It’s been a long afternoon, but A$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$AP Yams” Rodriguez and his mother. “She just be chillin’. She’s happy for me. She keeps me humble,” Rocky laughs about his mom. “She kind of had something going when she named me Rakim. She was onto something!”
Last night was quite unexpectedly the night that hip-hop fans around the world had been waiting for. After two and a half years, A$AP Rocky’s highly anticipated third LP At Long Last A$AP was leaked to the public. Never one to get upstaged, Rocky decided to officially release the record worldwide at midnight, but not before throwing a wall-to-wall psychedelic rave here at Milk Studios to celebrate.
Rocky’s album launch party was resplendent with skull-crushing bass drops, a frenzied strobe light show, and mashed up images of trippy cult classics like The Holy Mountain and Requiem for a Dream created by our own Legs Media. The MC of the hour of course came to deliver live performances of never before heard album cuts, but he also revealed his playful side in live covers of songs like OT Genasis’ ‘CoCo’ and Bobby Shmurda’s ‘Hot Nigga.’
Before things got kicked off, Rocky stopped by the Jam Room, where Milk Made’s Jake Boyer caught up with him to chat about his monumental evening. After igniting a blunt and sipping on a cranberry vodka, Rocky ended up dishing on a variety of topics, from his friendship with French fashion guru Michele Lamy to finding religion to the unpleasant consequences that come with ingesting hallucinogenic mushrooms.
For A$AP Rocky, keeping it real is distinctly overrated.
The Harlem-born rapper is not shy about the hedonistic life that musical success has earned him.
After establishing himself with a self-released mixtape four years ago, 2013’s “Long. Live. A$AP” took him to mainstream stardom — he hit the Billboard Top 10 with the single “F**kin’ Problems,” which featured guest spots from Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar.
Despite the death of his collaborator/business partner, A$AP Yams, from an overdose in January, and the breakup of his relationship with model Chanel Iman last year, Rocky (born Rakim Mayers) was typically confident — and predictably baked — when the New York Post talked with him.