Interview with A$AP Rocky and Rakim, 2012

Angie Martinez: "I’m going to be honest, that might be one of my favorite interviews ever, for so many reasons. It really felt good to do that. Number one, it felt really good for him, he really appreciated it. I don’t know if you could see it or hear it, there was a moment when he came over and gave me the most sincere, sweetest hug. Before that, he was all on his rap, trill, swaggy mode and then he turned into this kid and came over and gave me a big hug. It was so genuine, it was so sweet.

 

Before that, he was all on his rap, trill, swaggy mode and then he turned into this kid and came over and gave me a big hug. It was so genuine, it was so sweet.

 

"Then Rakim, I’m a huge Rakim fan, so all the elements of that were really special to me. The fact that I found Rakim, that I got to see Rakim, the spirit that Rakim was in, what he was spitting in terms of the interview was brilliant to me too. He talked about how much he still loves hip-hop, and he watches it from afar. He wasn’t bitter, he was just such a cool...it’s what I want my favorite rappers to turn into or grow into and behave that way. I think Rakim is amazing so the both of them in the room and then his mother calling up, all parts of that.

"The family angle, the new rapper, and then the classic: all parts of it. You know when sometimes the pieces of the puzzle just stick together? That was like one of those moments and everytime I see Rocky now, I feel like we had that moment and I feel like it was real. That heartwarming feeling happens a lot with new artists. I feel like I’ve had some of those with Chris Brown, even after that one interview, I felt like it was really honest and raw. I felt close to him in that moment."

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