Rapper A$AP Rocky most known for his 2014 anthemic hit, “F*ckin’ Problem” featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar sat down with Billboard magazine for a shocking and revealing interview. The cover artist delves into topics that ring personal and tragic. He discusses everything from his relationship with drugs, to the loss of is mentor A$AP Yams.
Earlier this year, the hip hop world mourned the death of 26-year-old A$AP Yams one of the original members and founders of ASAP Mob. When Rocky was asked about the impact his mentor had on his life he said,
“… He showed me that there are people who can be born from another woman and another man but be as loyal to you as a blood brother, if not more. He had my back, man. Me and him had the same vision, and he knew how to help me reach it.”
How does A$AP Rocky cope with the loss of a brother? During the magazine interview, Rocky revealed how he turns to illegal substances like LSD. Not only does it help him heal but it holds a very critical role in his creative process.
“It helps me cope with life,” he says. “I’ve been doing this stuff since I got into the industry. People are scared to talk about it… It’s trippy. My art, my visuals. Very trippy.”
His admittance to drug use is only one of the telling parts of his interview. He also addresses the social and racial issues that are currently taking place in this country and his opinion on it might surprise some. When asked how he felt about the recent police killings in Ferguson and around the country he says,
“All it does is make me cringe. There’s not really much I could do, because I ain’t about to shoot no cop in the head, blow his f*cking head off, right now. So I just sit back and pray for the best. If I’m not going to Ferguson or any of these places, protesting or contributing, I should shut the f*ck up. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do. It ain’t my place to speak on it.”
What do you think of A$AP’s stance on not speaking on these important issues?
For more on A$AP Rocky and his Billboard cover story, read here.