As you may have noticed, it's A$AP Week here at Complex. We kicked things off debuting our Andy Warhol/Jean-Michel Basquiat inspired cover with A$AP Rocky and Jeremy Scott (the beautiful Lana Del Rey graces the other side of the issue). We followed it up with his guide to Harlem, we spent the day kicking it with him in the city, and we even got him to name his 25 favorite albums. As if all that wasn't enough, we just had to sit down with Rocky for a personal one-on-one during our cover shoot (seperate from the interview in our cover story).

We talked to ASAP about how the death of his brother Pretty Ricky affected his life, his favorite designers, and why it sucks to be a drug dealer. He also took the time to show love to his boy Drake, defend his friend Mac Miller, and name the one band he's dying to work with. Obviously, just to kick it with Rocky is a blessing...

Interview by Joe La Puma (@JLaPuma)

Congratulations on your first magazine cover. Did you ever think you’d be sharing it with Jeremy Scott?

No, never. Not in a million years.

 

I have a song with Lana, she sent me something through to do. But let’s talk about how I have a crush on her. [Laughs.] Tell her I’m in love with her lips.

 

How long did you think it was going to take you to get a cover?

I knew I was going to get a cover eventually. I wasn’t too concerned about being on covers, but it’s an honor to be on this cover with Jeremy Scott.

You know Lana Del Rey is going to be on our girl cover, right?

I have a song with Lana, she sent me something through to do. But let’s talk about how I have a crush on her. [Laughs.] Tell her I’m in love with her lips.

You know they’re all natural right?

I don’t give a fuck if it was natural, silicone, none of that shit. They look good as fuck. I feel good I’m on this cover surrounded by people I admire, and not in a weird way. I admire Jeremy for his fashion, and her for her songs, and what she does. And her lips. [Laughs.]

Harlem has a long history of flyness. Who are some of your personal style icons?

Aside from Jeremy Scott; Maison Martin Margiela, Alexander Wang, Rick Owens, and Raf Simons.

You’re a young guy. How did you get put up on these designers?

Living in New York CIty. That was it.

Do you think it’s crazy that those kinds of designs have translated from the runway to the streets? Or do you take credit for that?

I’m the reason for that, hands down.

When did you start wearing that?

Around ’05, ’06.

Really? What were you doing back then?

Yves Saint Laurent, Roberto Cavalli, Ferragamo, Gucci, Louis, Y-3.

 

All the drunk girls used to think I looked really nice. The guys couldn’t understand it, but they respected it.

 

Did other people at you look at you like, “What’s this guy doing?” Did it take a little time to catch on?

All the drunk girls used to think I looked really nice. The guys couldn’t understand it, but they respected it.

What has the response to Live.Love.A$AP been like?

You tell me. [Laughs.] It’s been great, yo. People have been showing me love.

What’s been the greatest compliment that you’ve gotten about the tape?

Pharrell said his favorite song is “Out Of This World.”

Have you met him?

FaceTime. I’m going to work with him down in Miami [soon].

You have the biggest record deal any artist ever got before even dropping a mixtape. What’s your secret for building a buzz?

Just doing what I felt was good for me, not caring what people have to say about it. It takes balls to be me, and I have big ones—no homo. [Laugh.]

What’s the girl situation been like since the new deal?

 

ASAP members who don’t rap, and have never been seen in my videos, get more pussy than the average cat. They get a lot of kitty cat right now.

 

I’m going to put it to you this way. ASAP members who don’t rap, and have never been seen in my videos, get more pussy than the average cat. They get a lot of kitty cat right now. [Laughs.]

Are girls you’ve dealt with coming out of the woodwork?

Hell yeah.

Anyone that’s done you wrong trying to hit you up...

Yeah.

How are you dealing with that?

I don’t reply. [Laugh.] I just don’t even respond at all.

How conscious are you that they’re hitting you up because you have money and you’re famous?

I’m well aware of it so I’m really cautious of it. Honestly, I acknowledge the fact that it may be the main reason that they even want to talk to me—because before, we didn’t have anything to talk about. Now, they want to hit me up out of nowhere. I don’t even pay it no mind. I really don’t feed into any of that shit. I’m so busy. You can ask this guy [Gino Simmons], this is like my big bro right here. He wakes me up. I’ve fucked one girl since I’ve been here. I don’t get to get pussy like that. I’m getting money. [Laugh.]

What’s better for you?

Both! [Laugh.] You feel me?

Yup.

Look at Gino. He’s like, “Chill out with them pussy words, bro. They don’t need to know about that, bro.”

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