A$AP Rocky’s not just one of hip-hop’s biggest and brightest names. He’s also one of the busiest. Just months after the official release and the rerelease of his hypnotic LiveLoveA$AP debut, he toured with Drake, he’s busy prepping his A$AP Forever Part 1: Blood EP, he directed his own music videos and Danny Brown’s “Blunt After Blunt” video, covered Complex magazine’s February/March 2012 issue (and allegedly turned down XXL’s Freshmen list because he’s in a position where he can actually do that), he’s on Swizz Beatz’s next mixtape, and he’s locked in a sweet spot on the Coachella lineup before he takes the A$AP Mob abroad for an overseas tour. The inheritor of the God emcee’s namesake and self-proclaimed pretty motherf***** from Harlem hustles hard, and while he’s quickly growing out of his underground emcee status into a global brand, he stays grounded.
Watch A$AP Rocky discuss Drake, the meaning of success and his bank account after the jump.
When I caught up with him at the Woodie Awards before he commandeered the Austin stage for a live set of his tripped-out spin on chopped-and-screwed swag — with the help of Schoolboy Q, some shout outs to weed and some well-timed airhorns — he humbly explained that despite his success, he’s still got a long way to go. A$AP Rocky also credited Drake for helping him gain the confidence to take his live shows to the next level. And speaking of Drake, he assured me he’d put in a good word with October’s Very Own on my behalf. I know A$AP’s busy, but I plan on taking him up on that Drake offer and that $3 loan.
+ Watch A$AP Rocky discuss Drake and why he’s still got a long way to go at the 2012 mtvU Woodie Awards Festival, check out his Woodies Festival performance of “Purple Swag,” and watch the 2012 mtvU Woodie Awards Sunday, March 18, at 8/7c on MTV and mtvU.