A$AP Rocky’s upcoming album At.Long.Last.A$AP sounds a lot more promising than before. In his cover story for Complex, Rocky spoke on a wide-range of topics including his take on his ex-girlfriend Iggy Azalea’s career, the passing of his best friend A$AP Yams, and his brief absence from the world of social media. He explained that he took some time off to focus on his upcoming album, which will be released this year.
“I needed time to master my craft,” Rocky told Complex. “You don’t rush art, and I don’t think you quickly produce fine art. You take your time. That’s not an excuse, or me trying to justify [any delays], that’s truly what I believe. I took time off and learned how to act, learned how to make beats and do production.”
Rocky hinted that the album will be a bit more politically conscious than his previous work. He explained that the LP was inspired by what’s been going on in his life recently from his current status with his A$AP crew to his relationship status, which he chose not to comment on. The interview also revealed that “previously unheard bars from one of his musical heroes, the late Pimp C” will be featured on the album along with appearances from Juicy J, Bun B, Miguel, and more.
Rocky also discussed how he feels about the heightened criticism of Iggy Azalea’s career, his opinion of the state of America and his reasoning behind firing shots at clothing brands Been Trill and Hood By Air on the Juicy J-assisted “Multiply.” Read the interview here and check out some excerpts below.
On Iggy Azalea:
“That [situation with Iggy] is unfortunate because nobody wants to be portrayed that way. I’m quite sure she doesn’t. I think she works hard like the rest of us. Silly or not, 300 million people like to watch it on YouTube, so who the fuck are we to say anything?”
On the state of America:
“It’s fucked up. That’s all it is. Cops killing people, people killing cops. It’s all fucked up. I think it’ll all change soon. I think people with a badge—or not—are gonna stop abusing authority across the world, and learn to appreciate one another. For real. [Smiles.] All they need is weed, some love, some good sex, some good-ass music. I’m talking about a night with something exotic. I’m talking a night with like an African-Moroccan-half-Swedish-quarter-Italian-part-French-Parisian. Mhmm. But she got the African booty, though! She got caramel skin, but you can tell that like, she got a little bit of vanilla in her, though. You feel me? [Laughs.]”
On Been Trill/Hood By Air diss:
“I don’t even think it’s worth talking about. [Those brands] just didn’t acknowledge or respect my shit. I feel like I started all that and niggas didn’t even acknowledge my shit. Or respect my shit.”