A$AP Rocky – Always $trive and Prosper

Every several years it appears we all become witnesses to a special music talent. The type of talent whose body of work seemingly transcends beyond the plateaus of music. Their individuality and swagger: effortless. This person we refer to is A$AP Rocky, and with all systems going, 2012 is destined to be a stellar year for him to say the least. We caught up with the young Harlemite as he discussed some of the inner workings of his A$AP family and some of the things he’ll be getting into. “Always Strive and Prosper” -A$AP

First off, the question many have been wondering – who is the girl in the “Purple Swag” video?
Anna Perp man, she’s a trill ass chick from Harlem, and yes she’s Caucasian, gold grill shining, a bad b*tch, and yes she uses the “N” word on a full-time regular basis. Well not born, but she lives in Harlem, she's trill as fuck, nothing generic about her, not a poser, I just can’t wait for the world to see her. She kind of disappeared, because she was getting a little too much attention. So she's in North Carolina with her parents but she’ll be back soon. She’s trill as fuck, she’s down there breeding pit bulls, she’s into that stuff.

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$AP received 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.

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.

With the A$AP movement in full force, what will be your formula to achieve longevity?

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Just to stay true and keep doing what I have been doing. Not trying to appeal, just because, you know? Just do me, that's all. Personally, that’s all I’m doing. I’m just doing me and it’s fun as fuck. I don’t have to try to make a club sounding record, I’m comfortable with the records I make.

If they play it on the radio, I’ll be honored. If they play it in the club, I’ll be honored, I’m just doing whatever the fuck I want to do, and that’s how you get longevity – focusing on what you want to do and what makes you happy. A lot of people don’t know themselves. Thank God we found ourselves and we’re outcasts and we don’t give a fuck what anybody thinks. We’re gold slugging it, we’re different. We just do whatever the fuck we want it, and people will learn to appreciate it because everyone is doing the same shit. You know what time it is bro, I can tell you got taste.

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.

What’s going on with that?
I haven’t met him in person yet but he did a “Purple Swag” remix, and there’s a few people who are genuinely cool people, and he’s definitely one of them. There’s just a lot of Hollywood people out there, and I’m trying to avoid all that.

You direct your own music videos and recently did one for Danny Brown. Can you tell us how the visual creation came together?
Honestly bro, I said to him “I want to shoot your video” he said “okay,” I asked “when you need it by” he said “two days” and that was it. I took him to the store, we got a basement, called some bitches, bought some candles, bought a smoke machine and made the best of it. We weren’t working with a huge budget, none of that, just raw. I think that was the cleanest raw video ever personally. I did it in one day, and it was freestyle. I direct all my own videos and I have one I’m doing for CurT@!n$ coming out soon.

Any final words?
I just want to say THANK YOU!!!

Special thanks for Brook Bobbins for the photo work. All photos are copyrighted and owned by www.who-shot-ya.com.

Interview: Davis Huynh, Petar Kujundzic

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By: Davis Huynh / Interviews / January 10, 2012 / 29924 Views
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  • http://www.facebook.com/asunkee Jamila Wallace

    Then he's a good pop rapper. A pop rapper, nonetheless.

  • MINT

    nice write up..cat should blow up

  • Anonymous

    "I'm as famous as Mozart" is a line from "pretty flocko", an ill fated attempt at humor seeing as my audience is as perceptive as Jay- Z's baby. I wouldn't consider Tupac, BIG, Jay, 50 or Eminem "special musical talents." (see Eminem's production). DJ Premier is a musical talent, Dilla was a musical talent, Prince Paul is a musical talent. I don't see anything musical about this cat. He's a rapper, not a musician. And, the only rapper that you mentioned that Rocky could stack up with is 50. In terms of artistry and lyrical content ASAP Rocky can't touch Pac, Biggie or shady with a ten foot poll. In regards to him being a "street" rapper I used the word "street" to describe his music's content. I wouldn't describe Eminem as a "street" rapper although he lived a marginal upbringing. Yeah?

  • Jug3rnautrock

    "Tupac , B.I.G , Jay-Z & 99.9% of rappers don't make their own beats"  They didn't have to because they told incredible stories with their lyrics.  I would agree with you if A$AP had incredible lyrical talent and talked less about how he's a "pretty muthafucka."

    "He's [A$AP Rocky] a street rapper from harlem who doesn't make his own beats and experiments with already established rhyme styles."

    Truth.

  • Hodgy Beatz

    I stand corrected , good point sir !

  • J S

    White people started listening to HipHop bro, the record labels shaped them to be ideal to the market 

  • Ross

    Dude is cool when you meet him

  • Anonymous

    yeah asap rocky doin it big, "Get Lit" is a slappin ass song

  • Anonymous

    Peep Me Out ASAP

  • C R E A M

    calm down guys. he's making rap and that's that. and don't hate on skinny jeans ;)

  • TGOD_Alan

    But RT that girl Anna Perp is fucking BEAUTIFUL

  • Kjvyaboii

    Ohh they suck? ohh im sorry i didnt know that you could rap better than them and get a 3 million dollar record deal by only using 2 songs he made of him just chillin smokin weed and drinking 40's they really do suck you know? they are friggin terrible because they can dress and have money and bitches that you dont have..

  • Darkleaderboards

    Man Fuck All Yall
    Jk.

  • Darkleaderboards

    Man Fuck All Yall
    Jk.

  • This Guy

    Nothing about this guys music stands out to me.

    It also seems that Anna Perp is getting more attention then his music. LMAO
    Not hatting hope he don't sell out and does him, but i'm just not impressed  

  • Biggie

    Bro you can get half decent smoke machines for under 100 bucks.
    Fuck, I own one. I think it cost me like 40 bucks, I used it for photography.

    Plus, freestyling a video isn't a crime, sometimes it is best to just start something and see how it goes, as it goes.

    Peace