A lot has been made of A$AP Rocky's sound. The Harlem, New York MC broke into the game with a unique syrupy style that drew influence from the midwest and the south. Initially some criticized Rocky for abandoning NY's traditional boom bap rap style; though his musical style has clearly worked for him.
On Thursday (July 9), a Red Bull sponsored video interview (which was filmed in May) was published on YouTube and in it Rocky was asked about NY's signature rap sound. A$AP stated that he isn't sure that there is one sound that dominates New York -- and that's a good thing he said noting the diversity that he sees with Big Apple artists like Action Bronson and Bobby Shmurda.
"If we’re gonna be honest, some of the dopest music is coming out of Atlanta right now, but all them n---as sound the same. That's my thing. Here [in New York City] there’s not as much dope sh-t – well it is, but a lot of people don’t see it the way I see it. [New York rappers] don’t sound alike. Everybody just got their own different thing going on," the At.Long.Last.A$AP. MC said.
While Rocky tried not to make a wide-sweeping statement about ATL, he remained critical.
"Them Atlanta dudes -- it’s a few dudes that’s doing their own thing, they killing it. I’m not saying all Atlanta rappers sound the same, but for the most part, majority. They all kind of have similar cadences, and flows and deliveries. They even recycle the same lyrics from each other," he said.
Rocky went on to compare two sizable ATL hits: Future's "Sh-t" and Que's "OG Bobby Johnson." The audio for Future's record was released in June 2013, while Que's breakout came just a few months later in August.
Future - "Sh-t"
"I gotta just say it. This ain’t dissing nobody, but I don’t understand how Future can make a song like 'Sh-t.' Then this n---a, I forget his name -- You make 'OG Bobby Johnson'... and it’s like, 'head shot, head shot, hit them with the.' It’s the same thing Future’s saying. And we allowed that," he explained.
Que - "OG Bobby Johnson"
"Not taking nothing away from Que -- I know his name. Not taking nothing away from him, but I just feel like, come on. I like the song and if you ask me if I like the song -- yes, it’s a dope song… and this sounds like I’m downplaying this guy. I don’t even know him, so I don’t got nothing against him," he continued. "I’m just telling the situation. I feel like it’s OK to be inspired, but you can’t bite off contemporary artists that’s in your same league."