Bodega Bamz: “Everybody who’s coming up in New York right now is talented. What’s happening in New York is things are coming back full circle. That’s just how life is: A baby is born, somebody dies. New York is the birthplace of rap music, so eventually it was going to come back.
“What’s good about it is it’s starting in the underground. It feels like the roots are in there. Now with the work that the underground artists are putting in, it’s going to flourish into a garden.
“You have to give A$AP Rocky and A$AP Mob credit, they blew down the hinges on that door and let everybody know New York is back. French Montana, too. Whoever doesn’t agree with that is a hater. It’s an amazing thing, I’m happy to be one of the premier niggas in there.
The first time I met Rocky he was like, 'I’ve been a big fan of you, I love this joint and that joint.' That was humbling.
“I knew A$AP Ferg [before rap] because he used to make chains and belts around the hood and that’s how his name got around. I knew A$AP Yams as Stevie, before he was A$AP. I didn’t get to physically meet him until he was Yams, but I knew of him as Stevie. A$AP Ant was the first member of A$AP that really reached out to me and then Yams followed.
“Me and Yams have a bond because he’s half Puerto Rican/half Dominican like me so we relate to each other. One of the first conversations I had with Yams he was like, 'I’ve been on your shit.' He was bringing up old shit like, 'I remember hearing this.' The first time I met Rocky he was like, 'I’ve been a big fan of you, I love this joint and that joint.' That was humbling. Knowing that Yams was a fan of my music means a lot because Yams is the brain behind A$AP.
“I respect their music and what Rocky does is inspiring to me. Those are my niggas. I wish those niggas nothing but the best. They’re killing it, I hope they continue to kill.”