A$AP Rocky should be releasing his highly anticipated sophomore album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, and is a drastically different artist from when the popular world first got to know him.
In a new interview with Complex magazine, the 26-year-old Harlem native talks about his ex girlfriend Iggy Azalea and discovering psychedelic drugs and rock music. All the while the death of his best friend and collaborator A$AP Yams looms over, marking one subject he is clearly not interested in talking much about.
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On Azalea, and the criticisms she’s received since her massive success last summer as being inauthentic, he says, “That [situation with Iggy] is unfortunate because nobody wants to be portrayed that way. I’m quite sure she doesn’t. I think she works hard like the rest of us. Silly or not, 300 million people like to watch it on YouTube, so who the fuck are we to say anything?”
He continues, “It comes with the game. If she fake on something, somebody is going to call her bluff. That’s life. I’m not looking at it from a standpoint of “I used to be boning this chick’s back out.” I’m looking at it [as] “She’s just a person.” You can’t bluff. You gotta just be 100. That’s all I could really say. The question is: Was she not being 100 about something?”
As for the psychedelia, Rocky said he uses the drugs to his “advantage” but isn’t something he wants to be doing regularly. Still, along with the rock music that’s associated, he said, this has had a profound and lasting impact on him.
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“That’s the beauty of it. You can dip and dab with the psychedelics, but that ain’t something I wanna keep doing,” he says. “I’m going to be honest with you, man. When Yams died, psychedelic music healed me. Stuff like the The Mysterians, ’96 Tears.’ That’s all the stuff I love. I love classic rock. Take the Doors—those organs. It’s why I love [At.Long.Last.A$AP producer] Danger Mouse’s aesthetic.”
The piece closes with writer Joe La Puma again trying to ask about the loss of Yams in January. He prompts Rocky asking how he tied this tragedy to his work and whether or not it’s “shifted something inside of him personally.”
He gets an answer to this, however brief.
“It doesn’t make me want to go harder, it lets me know I have to go harder,” says Rocky. “I don’t have any other choice. I have to.”
Read the full interview here.