If you feel like you haven’t seen much of A$AP Rocky in the year that followed the release of his debut album Long.Live.A$AP., well, that was intentional. The Harlem rapper is quickly approaching the release of his sophomore LP A.L.L.A. and he’s so sick of his old songs, that he’s flipped the switch completely.
During an interview with MTV News before his Samsung show at SXSW, Rocky explained that he’s tired of having people who claim to be fans—and sometimes even paparazzi—name songs like “F—kin’ Problems” and “Wild For The Night” as their favorite tracks of his.
“On the album I wanted to prove to that people I could have mainstream commercial success, so that’s why I made songs like ‘Wild For The Night’ and ‘F—kin’ Problems’, [but now] I hate those f--king songs,” he said. “I do.”
Before A$AP Yams’ untimely death in January, he and Rocky were working hard on crafting a project that would feel true to him.
“What he wanted was for me to express myself in the best manner,” Rocky continued. “[Yams said], ‘The first mixtape people really didn’t know you, so you didn’t have anything to prove. You just wanted to show people who you were – and you did that.”
So, after showing up and creating a storm with his free online project Live.Love.A$AP. in 2011, then proving that he could sell records with Long.Live.A$AP in 2013, Rocky is ready for the next chapter.
“I loved making ‘Wild For The Night’ with Skrillex, because it as fun,” he said. “We were really drunk and we were wylin’, but what about on the day that you’re feeling sober? You don’t wanna hear ‘Wild For The Night’ but you still gotta perform that sh--t.
"I wanna make songs that reflect on me every day, because sometimes I’m in the mood to party, sometimes I'm in the mood to work,” he continued.
The 26-year-old revealed that he locked himself in a London studio for months—without a phone, away from friends and family—learning to make beats so that he could help to create the perfect vibe, in addition to working with producers like Danger Mouse, and, of course, Yams.
“People know me for being the guy talking about, ‘I got bad bitches I got a f--king problem.’ And in all reality, that’s fun. I was only 23 at the time—that was cute, fine. But right now… when you think about me, as far as my art goes, I want you to remember something a little more honorable. That’s all,” he said.
“I just contributed art to music,” he said about his most recent track releases.
Since Rocky’s mostly been out of the public eye for a while, he says he's encountered naysayers who questioned whether he can make good music anymore. But the doubters just add more fuel for his fire.
“I got to a point where I felt like I was so misunderstood, that motherf--kers weren’t connecting with me any more,” he said, adding that he doesn’t feel pressure to make headlines, just for the sake of exposure.
“I’m not a celebrity. I don’t gotta be in the public eye every minute. I’m an artist. When you’re meant to hear about me, you’re meant to hear about me. Only when I’m doing art.”
A.L.L.A. needs to be released A$AP.