Back in February, A$AP Rocky revealed to Billboard that his followup album to Long.Live.A$AP had been completed, but only gave us an acronym of the title, A.L.L.A. Pretty Flacko gave up the official title in a GQ profile published today: At.Long.Last.A$AP.
Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, is making progress on the hotly anticipated studio project, which is slated for release sometime this year, but that’s not the only thing that was on his mind during the profile. He also dished about life after the death of close friend A$AP Yams, how A.L.L.A. will be different from Long.Live.A$AP, and the coming of age comedy Dope, the film he plays a supporting role in that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this year.
Most of all, Rocky is concerned with his future in the industry. “I’m claiming ownership of my legacy,” Rocky told GQ. “Look at it: At.Long.Last.A$AP. A-L-L-A. Like slang for ‘Allah.’ It’s the return of the god MC.” Rocky leans way in, as if letting me in on a secret. “I’m named after Rakim, and I’m finally facing what it means: I was born to do this shit,” he says. “And I hope I get to do it for a very long time.” Check out the video for the single “Multiply” featuring Juicy J above.