The coming of age, hip-hop inspired film got rave reviews when it debuted at Sundance this week, and the Harlem rapper says this is only the beginning for him. He landed the role of a drug dealer named Dom while helping his ex-girlfriend, Chanel Iman, rehearse for her own spot.
"I was helping Chanel with her lines, and there was one role where I was like, 'Oh, this dumb kid, he seems a little interesting. I want to go for it,'" he told T Magazine. "I was actually in London recording my album, and I figured I’d just send a video in. So I sent two videos, and they liked them."
He was still worried that things didn't go well, but clearly he was wrong. "Two months later, when I flew to L.A., I met up with Rick and did an audition in front of him, and he just decided to go with me," Rocky said. "To be honest with you, I was worried that I didn’t get the role. I was pissed."
And now that the film is already a hit, what's next?
"I like sci-fi films. I like action-packed thrillers — with, like, conspiracy theories," he added. "If I’m starring in a movie, I just want people to understand that I’m not a celebrity trying to use his status to finagle his way into Hollywood, you know? I really want to start from the bottom."
Although his spirits were dampened by the recent and sudden death of A$AP Mob founder, A$AP Yams, Rocky is still looking at the bright side.
"All I can tell you is that A$AP Yams was one of the most influential hip-hop pioneers of today," he said. "I have him and Danger Mouse executive chef-ing this mystical magical piece that we call art, my music today."