It has been a little over a year, since Harlem’s rapper and fashion trendsetter A$AP Rocky signed his $3 million deal with Pologronds/RCA Records. His Long.Live.A$AP and A$AP Mob mixtapes shook up the industry and showed the world that a new generation of trill kids are destined to become the next big thing in rap. Hard work beats talent any day and all of Rocky’s hard work is paying off. He is covering the December/January issue of Complex magazine. Inside his cover story, Rocky speaks about his upcoming debut album, future plans of running a label, and being a fashion trendsetter. This issue officially hits newsstands December 4. Below are some highlights.
You’re about to drop Long.Live.A$AP. That’s a big deal. What are you most excited about?
I’m most excited about finally unleashing this album that I’ve imprisoned for the past year. It’s begging to be free and rejoiced by the world. It’s some trill shit. It’s some real smoking weed, struggling, some real motherfuckers-is-coming-for-my-head, some real this-is-how-I-feel, this-is-how-you-feel shit.
People are always focused on an artist’s first week sales. With so much riding on your debut are you concerned?
Fuck no. ’Cause if I start being concerned about that shit I’m going to fail. I can’t be concerned with that. Hopefully God will make it so. I’ll do good. What does first week sales mean when Robin Thicke, who ended up doing nothing first week, goes double-platinum? The music industry is nothing like how it used to be. Everything’s different now.
It seems that you’re committed to building the success of the A$AP Mob. Do you think you’ll ever be ready to be a label head?
I hope so, ’cause I would fuck the industry up. I would open the door for all the trill motherfuckers that need that shot. West Coast niggas, southern niggas, New York niggas, midwest niggas, fucking European London niggas that I met, fucking French people. Not just on some A$AP Rocky-sounding shit—I’m talking about people who deserve a shot. And motherfuckers don’t want to give it to them ’cause it’s underground shit.
The Odd Future comparisons have gone away.
Thank God. It was just because we were a group. They were out first. I came out with a group. We’re all into the same shit. They wear Supreme, we like Supreme. It was silly shit. We’re nothing alike, when you think about it.
Do you think any of hip-hop’s fashion greats are influencing more people than you?
Do you think you’re influencing people like Kanye?
Of course. That’s obvious. [Laughs.] We’re all in the same circle. He’s way richer than me, but of course he’s influenced by me. C’mon, bro. I made waxed denim cool in hip-hop. Fucking waxed denim and rips in jeans. Nobody else did that. I don’t give a fuck. I didn’t know what I was doing. These jeans are Balmain, and I wear them with a Supreme jacket. Of course I’m influencing.
Read the interview in its entirety and see more pics over at Complex.
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