Artist A$AP Rocky has been on an emotional rollercoaster so far this year. Earlier in the year, he lost his best friend and fellow A$AP Mobster Yams while dropping new material in preparation of Lord Flacko Jodye Season. Despite all the ups and downs, Rocky remains positive and level-headed.
Rocky snagged a cover spot on Complex Magazine upcoming issue. Complex got an interview with Pretty Flacko himself as they ask him about life, his ex-girlfriend Iggy Azalea, his upcoming album, and plenty more. Here is a bit of the interview:
A few weeks ago, we talked about not rushing art. What’s going on with the album? Is it ready?
No matter what, it’s never enough time. You’re always gonna say, “Wait, give me two more seconds. Let me get a couple more minutes.” When you’re a perfectionist and trying to craft a really dope piece of art, shit…
Who were your muses for this album? And inspiration?
Michèle Lamy, my relationship status, my social status, Danger Mouse, just my life, my current situation with A$AP. And drugs.
What kind of drugs?
Psychedelics. Before it was all about the slowdown. Promethazine. Codeine flow. Now it’s like that, but on another level to the max.
Are you still taking them?
I use them to my advantage. It’s not something I wanna fuck with all the time. That’s the beauty of it. You can dip and dab with the psychedelics, but that ain’t something I wanna keep doing. Nah.
OK, let’s go back to an old relationship: How do you feel about the criticism of Iggy Azalea for not being an “authentic” rapper?
That [situation with Iggy] is unfortunate because nobody wants to be portrayed that way. I’m quite sure she doesn’t. I think she works hard like the rest of us. Silly or not, 300 million people like to watch it on YouTube, so who the fuck are we to say anything?
So you don’t think the criticism is fair?
It comes with the game. If she fake on something, somebody is going to call her bluff. That’s life. I’m not looking at it from a standpoint of “I used to be boning this chick’s back out.” I’m looking at it [as] “She’s just a person.” You can’t bluff. You gotta just be 100. That’s all I could really say. The question is: Was she not being 100 about something?
People feel like she’s manufactured.
She’ll be fine. It gets to a point where people start accepting so much mediocre shit—accepting the minimum and the typical—to the point where everything gets so oversaturated that people don’t have a choice but to go back to the original, hardcore, raw [art]. Everything raw. Every aspect of art. It changes and it makes shifts.
You can catch more of the interview at Complex.