How important is it for you to put your crew on?
So important. People need to see what they’re about to bring and what they have in store for the whole industry. People need to see all that shit. This is really important that they see.
We all have different aspects. Ferg is more of Tupac and Master P. I’m more Bone Thugs, Bun B, and me. Nast is more Lupe mixed with Lil Wayne. Twelvy is straight-up New York, he’s like Prodigy mixed with fucking 50 Cent. Ty Beats, he’s the man.
Who do you think is the most talented in your crew besides you?
You kind of got me on that one but all of them are great. All of them. We all have different aspects. Ferg is more of Tupac and Master P. I’m more Bone Thugs, Bun B, and me. Nast is more Lupe mixed with Lil Wayne. Twelvy is straight-up New York, he’s like Prodigy mixed with fucking 50 Cent. Ty Beats, he’s the man. He makes all the beats.
After your brother passed did you find support in your crew?
My brother died, ever since then I always looked for another brother. I guess that’s why when I meet dudes with pride and values and morals, I really like them a lot because that’s what my brother was all about. No homo—that’s what attracts me to my boys. In them, I see the love.
Everything that they do is just genuine, in my eyes. It may be times where we’re not on the same page because we disagree on certain shit or we have arguments. That’s just regular day-to-day shit, but anybody I have in my life right now, I consider as a brother. Anybody.
If you see them around me, I love them—put it like that. It’s outside of ASAP. I want to surround myself by loved ones. I think my brother blessed me with the gift of loyalty and loving.
Drake brought you out during Fashion’s Night Out. Did you ever entertain a deal from him?
He never even tried. He never brought it up. That’s why I give that guy so much credit. It’s like he just really wants the world to know, “Yo this guy is really great. He inspired me.” I appreciate that dude.
We talk about it all the time. Like, yo he doesn’t have to do none of that. The fact that he goes out of his way to show how serious and sincere he is about how he feels about me is amazing.
Guys in that kind of position, they’re usually cocky. They don’t want to admit that they still like certain other shit. It’s like, “Oh, I’m the shit. That’s all that matters.” He could just be like, “Shout out to A$AP Rocky,” that’s it. When someone asks him about me, he says why he likes me, what he likes about me, and I just appreciate that dude man. He’s another great guy. Shout out to OVO.
Do you think label execs may have thrown more money at you, because of the Drake co-sign?
Hell no. I was with my partner, Bryan Leach, and we’re the new shit. I was with him before this Drake shit. It’s just that RCA/Polo Grounds saw something in me that they were confident. I feel like all labels were confident in me but these guys were really about their business and they wanted to make it happen.
When someone says, 'Harlem World,' it means something. Harlem World is really a world. We live on our own time. We have our own morals, our own culture.
Me and Bryan come from the same place. Everybody around me comes from the same place because they can relate to me. I can’t really deal with people who can’t relate. There’s certain shit...Harlem is the only place in the world that is a world within itself. Honestly, I mean that.
When someone says, “Harlem World,” it means something. Harlem World is really a world. We live on our own time. We have our own morals, our own culture. What’s going on right now is I’m kind of changing Harlem culture in a good way, in my opinion. And he seen it, and we’ve been partners ever since. So this is before the Drake thing.
That’s just a blessing. Everything that happens is just a blessing. Our mission, we were going to do what we had to do regardless of who came in the picture, but Drake did what he did, and I just appreciate that shit.
How is the tour with him?
It’s a big learning experience. I’m having so much fun. I haven’t had this much fun since my fourth birthday party. [Laugh.] It’s amazing. Honestly, I have people around me that care, really love me. I feel the love.
Even this guy right here, Gino Simmons. Like, this cat loves me, and I know it. That’s what I have around me. I’ve got loved ones around me. That’s why it’s so easy because they take care of the bullshit everyday and I can just focus on being A$AP Rocky. It works like a team.
I don’t mean to get off subject, but I’m just really passionate about what’s going on right now. I’ve never been this happy in my life, ever. And I’m here with Jeremy Scott? The guy that I talk about in all my rhymes?
Every fucking video, from my first video “Get High,” I’ve been wearing Jeremy Scott. “Get High,” fucking “Purple Swag,” and “Pe$o.” Now eight months later, I’m doing a fucking cover with him. I feel honored, man. I fucking love that guy. I love what he does.