By Carolyn Amurao
It’s a shining moment for the NYC rap scene as A$AP Rocky and French Montana both get cover features on XXL’s March/April issue. Rocky and Montana, representing Harlem and The Bronx, respectively, have no doubt earned their glossy spotlight.
Last month, Rocky released his debut album Long.Live.A$AP which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album’s lead singles include “Goldie” and “F—n’ Problems” which features 2 Chainz, Drake and Kendrick Lamar. But it’s not only rappers that Rocky teamed up with on the album; EDM all star Skrillex joins him on “Wild for the Night” while Florence Welch flexes her vocal chops on “I Come Apart.” The 24-year-old spitter spoke to MTV News about stepping outside of the musical box.
“You can’t be scared to fail when you’re trying to seek perfection,” he said. “The only way we know we’re allowed to sit on the front of the bus is because Rosa Parks did it first. That’s just an example, but if there was no Rosa Parks to do it maybe it would’ve been another person and that person would be historic. It’s just for the sake of argument, but I have to be Rosa Parks in so many situations — you gotta sit on the front of the bus, you got take that chance, you gotta stand up.”
Those are bold words from the rapper who used to be a “fashion-conscious, drug dealing kid from Harlem,” as XXL described him.
On his cover, Frenchie shows off some serious bling and has an expression on his face that says: “Hey, I’m awesome/check out my upcoming album.” Well, that’s our interpretation. His debut album Excuse My French was supposed to drop on April 16 but has been delayed again.