A$AP Rocky Talks Police Killings, Iggy Azalea Criticism & Not Wanting To Be Called A Rapper
(AllHipHop News) A$AP Rocky is preparing to release his sophomore studio album At. Long. Last. ASAP sometime this year. The Harlem representative spent time with Complex to converse about his upcoming work and his life.
Rocky spoke about several topical issues such as abuse of authority by police, the backlash his ex-girlfriend Iggy Azalea has received, and why he wants to be referred to as an artist and not a rapper.
[ALSO READ: A$AP Rocky Talks Ex-Girlfriend Iggy Azalea, Collabing With G-Unit, Wanting To Sleep With Madonna & More]
On his new music:
This is more free than I’ve ever been. I’ve never been this free making music, ever. I’m experimenting, listening, and looking for different sounds.
On the state of America:
It’s f**ked up. That’s all it is. Cops killing people, people killing cops. It’s all f**ked up. I think it’ll all change soon. I think people with a badge—or not—are gonna stop abusing authority across the world, and learn to appreciate one another. For real. [Smiles.] All they need is weed, some love, some good sex, some good-ass music. I’m talking about a night with something exotic. I’m talking a night with like an African-Moroccan-half-Swedish-quarter-Italian-part-French-Parisian. Mhmm. But she got the African booty, though! She got caramel skin, but you can tell that like, she got a little bit of vanilla in her, though. You feel me? [Laughs.]
On the criticism of Iggy Azalea:
That [situation with Iggy] is unfortunate because nobody wants to be portrayed that way. I’m quite sure she doesn’t. I think she works hard like the rest of us. Silly or not, 300 million people like to watch it on YouTube, so who the f**k are we to say anything?
It comes with the game. If she fake on something, somebody is going to call her bluff. That’s life. I’m not looking at it from a standpoint of “I used to be boning this chick’s back out.” I’m looking at it [as] “She’s just a person.” You can’t bluff. You gotta just be 100. That’s all I could really say. The question is: Was she not being 100 about something?
On being an artist versus being a rapper:
There’s a difference. Let’s be clear on that... But I feel like nowadays, the term “rapper” doesn’t mean anything honorable...
When you walk through hotels in foreign countries, they assume you’re either an athlete or a rapper. It’s almost like: Rappers are becoming the new GED way out of things.
To read A$AP Rocky's full interview visit Complex.