Always $trive And Prosper: Get To Know A$AP Rocky [Interview]

Talented, swagger right, with the abilities to be one of the hottest new rappers coming out of NYC, this Harlemite is the next big thing in Hip-Hop. Already been co-signed by Drake and Pusha T, before signing a $3 million record deal, 2012 is destined to be a great year for A$AP Rocky. Hypetrak caught up with Rocky for an exclusive interview. He talked about the meaning behind A$AP, his debut mixtpe LiveLoveA$AP, $3 million dollar deal, Odd Future beef, Houston having an influence over his music and much more. Below are some excerpts:

How did the term “A$AP” first get invented and when was the first time it came up?
It stands for “Always Strive And Prosper,” and I didn’t join A$AP until 2007. So for me, I used to just hang in Harlem. I was the guy that used to just fuck with all the bitches and get fly shit. At the time, A$AP was a crew out there that didn’t get a lot of recognition but they caught my eye because real will always recognize the real, you know? The downtown (Manhattan) types kind of people only fucked with A$AP at the time, you know like SoHo. Then these guys from Harlem kind of filled the gap, because they were really on that shit before it was cool to dress how they dress right now, you know what I mean? These dudes were really doing it at a time when you would really get patronized for this type of thing. I felt we shared a lot in common, from our views and realizing we are outcasts and just say “fuck it we’re going to be ourselves.” The game didn’t accept us at first and now it’s like they have no choice, these n*ggas have to love us now. I joined the crew in 2007 and eventually more people have been getting down, so I didn’t start it or am I the leader. I just made it hot. The real will always recognize real.

No doubt. Your mixtape LiveLoveA$APreceived very a positive response within the industry and beyond, so it makes sense to reissue it commercially. When did this move first crossed your mind and what reaction do you expect from the fans?
I expect the fans to fuck with it, it’s just one of things, it is what it is. I got really, really good feedback off this mixtape although it was so different. Yet people were willing to listen to it at a time when the masses were reluctant to get familiar with something so different. But for the most part I got a lot of good reaction, and we’re going to remaster it, deluxe edition, different features, different songs, and put it out for purchase. It’s going to be cool, it’s going to be a good look and think people are going to fuck with it.

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With a record deal worth $3 million dollars, what are your plans for the A$AP movement? Referring to future releases and overall vision…maybe even beyond music?

As far as we can go, there’s no limit bro, everything, everything! I’m so serious. We’re so talented and I don’t want to be so cliche but it is what it is. We got song writers, producers, actors, athletes, we got some trill ass motherfuckers man

Let the readers decide on that one. Alongside the fans, you’ve had a share of prominent cosigns, notably Drake. Pusha T also freestyled over the Peso instrumental and hinted at a possible collaboration between you guys. Is there any collabos on the horizon and any artists you would love to work with?
Honestly on some real shit, I have never been anywhere outside of New York. Maybe Pennsylvania and California. With A$AP it was just us doing us, and people just rolled with it, and we didn’t know anybody, like I don’t know nobody. I just started doing my thing, feel me? We just came out the woodwork, and now I’m starting to get the ball rolling. I don’t want to say I’m working with this person or that person, but everything is just new to me.

Despite some bogus rumors, you clarified there is no beef between A$AP and Odd Future. So any chances we could see both camps working together in the future?
I’d love to. I haven’t spoken to anybody in that camp, but I’d love to. I fuck with these guys, I fuck with Tyler.

The Houston influence is evident in several of your tracks being chopped and screwed, can you tell us how this all ties in? 
I have never been to Houston, but I’m influenced by its culture. It’s like Wu-Tang having never been to China, you feel me? But they studied it and it is what it is. Just to clarify, I don’t claim to be from Houston. I’m from Harlem, and as mentioned, I ain’t never been nowhere outside of NYC, but I will be going to Houston in a week or two to get with Bun B.

Read the entire interview over at Hypetrak.

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