Daily Archives: June 3, 2012

New Interview: A$AP Rocky Talks About The Culture In Harlem, His Brother Being Murdered, A$AP Mob Being Compared To Wu Tang & More

The Guardian UK recently traveled to Harlem, New York from across the pond to visit Rapper A$AP Rocky. While walking through Harlem World (123rd Street), Rocky and the UK publication touched on various topics including living in and the culture in Harlem, A$AP Mob, his father being arrested, oldest brother being murdered, respecting women and his crew being compared to the Wu Tang Clan. Below are some excerpts:

On Living in Harlem and the culture:

Well, you know, living in Harlem we’re grungy,” says Rocky when asked about his home turf. “Harlem has always had its culture; you think of the Harlem renaissance and the 90’s when hardcore hip-hop hit, but then you got the 70s when there was a lot of pimping, then the 80’s when crack hit. We have a rebel mindstate in Harlem. To be rebellious is not that easy these days because of all the penalties and consequences. But we’ve dealt with consequences and penalties since day one.

On him and his crew lyrical flow, style and southern sound:

“We’re a collective of all the music genres,” says Rocky with typical confidence. “John Lennon is the fucking coolest dude on the planet and I don’t care what nobody says. It’s not just rap. But we grew up in this shit. We are who we are today because we listen to people from the south and the west, as well as New York. This is how our generation raps now.”

On his father relocating his family to Pennsylvania in the late 90’s and succeeded in getting rich off drugs, until he was arrested:

When he fell off, that’s when it got difficult,” says Rocky. “It just quickly switched to the worst predicament.”

On his oldest brother being murdered:

He was killed just about three blocks down,” says Rocky. We’re on Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 114th Street, and he is visibly shaken. “Exactly three blocks down. He was murdered. He was extorting this guy and the guy had enough of his shit. One day he tried to mess with the dude again and the guy literally shot him through his pocket. He just died there. No one came through.

On using the word b***h and respecting women:

“I just think it’s not necessary to disrespect women,” he says. “Of course we use the word ‘bitch’ but that’s just how we were raised. Where I’m from I use both ‘n***a’ and ‘bitch’. But I call my white friends ‘n***a’. I have white members in A$AP. We’re all family.”

On A$AP Mob being compared to Wu Tang Clan:

Everybody compares us to the Wu-Tang Clan. That’s an honor, don’t you think?” says Rocky, flashing that smile again. “Our plan is to stay productive, create a legacy and have longevity. Because America is changing. I can promise you that in the next five years people are going to get their priorities straight and their lives are going to be fun. I’m gonna make sure everyone stays young. I mean, look at us. We’re kids and this shit is just Harlem.”

Source: The Guardian UK

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HE POPPED THE QUESTION IN PARIS! Amar’e Stoudemire Proposes To Alexis Welch With A Million Dollar Ring

A BIG congrats is in order for New York Knicks player Amar’e Stoudemire who popped the question to his girlfriend of 10 years and the mother of his three children, Alexis Welch. While in Paris Amar’e proposed to Alexis with a nice million dollar engagement ring and uber romantic proposal.

According to People.com  “Stoudemire asked Welch for her hand in marriage while overlooking the Eiffel Tower lights outside of their penthouse at Le Meurice Hotel Belle Etoile Royal Suite at 11 p.m. local time. He surprised her with a dinner after they spent the day taking a private historical tour of Paris that included stops at the Louvre and other landmarks.”

“I have been planning my proposal for a while and overlooking the entire Paris skyline seemed like a perfect place.  I am so happy she said ‘yes,’ and now we can continue to build our life together as husband and wife,” Stoudemire told PEOPLE from Paris.

“Stoudemire designed the 8.5-carat radiant-cut ring, worth more than $1 million, with Los Angeles-based celebrity jeweler Shayan Afshar. The setting has 3.50 carats of flawless diamonds set in 18-carat white gold. The couple met in 2002 after Stoudemire was drafted with the Phoenix Suns.  They plan to wed in 2013.”

Source: People.Com

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Looking Like A Bag Of Money: Rihanna Rocking Air Jordan XII ‘Playoffs’, Ripped Jeans & Sweat-Shirt

She’s bad and looking like a bag of money! Pop singer Rihanna was spotted arriving at LAX after visiting her grandparents in NYC. She was looking dope girl fresh in a pair of Air Jordan XII ‘Playoffs’, ripped jeans and a  black tank from Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony’s collaboration with “Vision Street Wear” sweat-shirt. She was looking like a high school kid. Loving the look! Are you?

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Dope Or Nope? Mitchell & Ness X Brookyln Nets Cap

As they are preparing to relocate to Brooklyn, New York from Newark, New Jersey, the Brooklyn Nets are coming out with a variety of apparel. The latest are the Mitchell & Ness X Brooklyn Nets Caps. As of press, no word on when they will be released. Dope or Nope?

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Showing Her Sexy Abs, Stomach & BIG Titties: Teyana Taylor Flaunts Her Amazing Body In Hollywood

21-year-old singer/rapper Teyana Taylor body is amazing and she sure was flaunting it in West Hollywood. The Harlem native was photo’d arriving to the gym to work on her fitness. She recently inked a deal with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label. I believe she is very talented and can become one of the best new artists of our generation. Out in Hollywood, she was showing her coco complexion, abs, stomach and big titties. She  was also carrying a black Celine bag and wearing a “F**k You” necklace. Over this weekend, Taylor released her official visual to “Bad Boy” which is a single off of her EP, The Misunderstanding Of Teyana Taylor. It was hood and authentic! Her debut album arrives later this year.

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Keeping It All Music: Mack Maine Confirms That There Is NO YMCMB/G.O.O.D. Music Beef & Compares Pusha To A Fly

Because of the ongoing feud between Pusha T and Drake/Lil Wayne, some people thought that there was going to be a G.O.O.D. Music/YMCMB beef but when Lil Wayne released his new track “My Homies Still” Ft. Big Sean, many people had second thoughts and doubted that there will be a beef. It all started because last week, Pusha T released “Exodus 23:1″ Ft. The Dream (dissin Drake) and YMCMB and Lil Wayne replied with “Goulish (Pusha T Diss). However Young Money’s President Mack Maine confirmed to MTV that there is NO beef in a recent interview. Below are some excerpts:

On is there’s a YMCMB/G.O.O.D. Music beef:

“It’s not like that. I don’t see it like that. That’s not what we in the game for,” Young Money president Mack Maine told MTV News of a potential G.O.O.D./YMCMB dustup. “If it ever came to that, God forbid, that’s a whole different story, but right now we’re just tryin’ to get paper, we’re just tryin’ to get money, man, and make good music. And that was a great song that was made before that situation happened, and I’m not ’bout to go into the studio and tell Wayne to take [Big Sean] off. Wayne not tryna take him off — he’s good peeps, he’s fam.”

On Weezy’s track “Goulish” dissin Pusha T:

“It’s crazy — I can’t front. Unbiased opinion: It’s crazy. I hope the world feels the same,” Mack said before commending Big Sean for his recent guest appearances with G.O.O.D. Music, Meek Mill, Chris Brown and now Weezy. “He killed it. I think that’s big for him. We’re always collabin’ with people and he earned it, he earned his way. He’s been handling his weight on different tracks, and it’s his time.”

More on “Goulish” and comparing Pusha T to a fly:

So what about “Goulish”? “In a nutshell, if a gnat or a fly keep flyin’ around you, eventually you gonna swing and swat it and just get it out the way,” Mack said, using an analogy in which Pusha would play the insect. “Sometimes you swat it and the gnat dies; sometimes it just go away. … You can keep flyin’, just fly somewhere else, though. We chillin’.”

Source: MTV

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