Influences

ASAP Rocky: “I grew up listening to Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, DMX, UGK, Three 6 Mafia, Wu-Tang Clan, everybody. My mom and dad, they came to an agreement and they both named me after Rakim. Honestly, I can’t even meet that guy, man. That would be so crazy. I was thinking about naming my child Kanye. [Laughs.]

 

My mom and dad, they came to an agreement and they both named me after Rakim... I was thinking about naming my child Kanye. [Laughs.]

 

“I’m just really influenced by Houston’s culture. That’s the shit that really gets me going. Houston all the way. I never been there but I just love the culture. I’m quite sure Wu-Tang had never been to China before, but they were influenced [by Chinese culture] and you couldn’t tell them that they weren’t.

“[The Houston sound] is so attractive. It’s melodic, so it attracted me. I’m influenced by purple drink. I don’t give a fuck. I’ll sip it, so what? I think we all should sip it. Modern-day hipster shit. When it comes to Houston, I’m really attracted to the culture. Swanging, tipping, leaning, all that. That shit is dope.”