By Maurice Bobb with reporting by Nadeska Alexis
A$AP Rocky came into the game marching to the beat of his own drum, so it comes as no surprise when he steps outside of the box musically. Fans got their first listen to A$AP’s eclectic soundscapes with "Wild for the Night,” a daring collaboration with EDM maestro Skrillex. This time out, the Harlemite delivers a surprising collab with Florence + the Machince’s Florence Welch, “I Come Apart,” which, despite what earlier album leaks may reveal, will in fact be featured on his much-anticipated major-label debut, Long.Live.A$AP.
“It is on the album, it just didn’t get leaked,” A$AP told MTV News. “That’s a girl song, it’s more of a moody sounding kinda song.”
Although unexpected, the song works because of the juxtaposition of the futuristic basslines and Welch’s sonic gracefulness.
“We did it separately but I worked with Florence and the Machine so honestly man, it was just organic,” A$AP told MTV News. “I look at it like anybody can collab with each other but it has to be right. You can’t just force it. Where I’m at at this time, I could probably work with anybody I could request to or wish to. It’s not about that. It’s really about working with people who fit your criteria, not only that, but compatible to you in some type of way. Whether it’s their charisma, their technique, their style, anything. I look at all that before I work with somebody. That’s why I don’t just work with any artist.”
While A$AP prefers creative autonomy when making music like "Peso" and "Goldie," he also knows that sometimes, he has to step out of his comfort zone for the fans.
“Sometimes, you have to…I wanna say…settle and compromise cuz some artists are big in certain demographics and crowds and stuff and you gotta collab with that sometimes because it’s people who love you from that crowd,” A$AP told MTV News. “That’s why I did the song (“Yellow Tape”) with Fat Joe, French Montana and Lil Wayne. That was to support people who love that kinda music. I make that kinda music at times if you check my album.”
That said, the "Fuckin' Problems" MC won’t compromise his sonic integrity. For the young spitter named after one of the greatest spitters of all time, Rakim, it’s still all about the art.
“I don’t work with anybody just because they’re hot,” A$AP told MTV News. “I wanna work with people because I like their work, their art. That’s all that matters, the art and the culture. That’s it.”