A$AP Rocky is GQ Style’s latest cover star, rocking a Lanvin coat and Acne shirt on the front. Inside the new issue, the rapper and fashion mogul was interviewed backstage after an A$AP Mob concert in Philadelphia, answering questions from Raf Simons, actor Mahershala Ali, André 3000 and more, with Ferg, Nast, Ant, and Twelvyy hanging out and occasionally chiming in.
Although the 29 year old musician and entrepreneur will always retain an air of mystery, we did learn some new things about him and his forthcoming new album in his latest interview. Find out why he calls Michèle Lamy his godmom, what he’d be doing if he weren’t a musician, and why London is his second home in our highlights below, and read the full article here.
He and his sister Erika are named after hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim.
“And given that Rocky's mom named him and his elder sister, Erika B. Mayers, after Eric B. & Rakim, it was only natural that a kid who seems to crank up the color saturation whenever he walks into a room would channel his God-given wattage into rap music.”
He’s been recording his new album in London, and calls the city his second home.
“London has a cool sound. I always record in London. But I needed to get away. London's my second home.”
Rocky says he’s “testing new sounds” on his new album.
“My new album is really about testing new sounds. People are scared to test new sounds, so they go with what's current 'cause it's the easy thing to do. The top 100 songs sound a certain way. People cater more to that because it's a bigger demographic behind that, or it's a guaranteed demographic behind that. I prefer to experiment and have my crowd grow with me and to reach new crowds. I don't just rap—I actually make music. That's why it takes time. These sonics represent me.”
Michèle Lamy is his fairy godmom who sets him up on dates with models.
“Michèle Lamy is like my fairy godmom.”
“Michèle Lamy be hooking me up with all type of models—not all type of models, but her friends who she thinks is sweet. She says, “You need to meet her, she's a nice girl…,” and I go meet her. They either crazy or nice.”
If Rocky weren’t a rapper, he’d be a florist or interior designer.
“Yeah, I could. I have such good taste. I love flowers. I think decor value and feng shui is important. If not, I'd be a video director or a film director. But my whole life, I just wanted to be a rapper. That was it.”
“I want to design furniture. Maybe a sofa. Or a bed.”
His Under Armour partnership is about more than just designing clothes.
“So I got with Kevin and Under Armour so we could open up real rec centers with fly shit in them. Not hand-me-down toys and technology—new stuff. And programs for kids to learn to become entrepreneurs, designers, athletes. They can screen-print their own tees and sell 'em from the store, get that commission on it. I think it's smart. Those kids need laptops and phones today—that's their platform.
He’s got some hidden talents.
When asked about A$AP Rocky’s hidden talents, A$AP Twelvyy said, “He's good at playing Pokémon and shit. Yo, you see him with like 500 Pokémon cards.” while Nast said “He's the best at double-Dutching.” As for what Rocky himself thinks of his hidden talents:
“I display mostly all my talents. Right? I'm creative, intricate—angelic at moments.”
He would name his child after Pharrell.
Because he’s named after a legendary MC, actor Mahershala Ali asked Rocky which rapper he’d name his child after. Skipping the question at first, he later replied “Pharrell.”
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In other music news, Frank Ocean is the latest 'i-D' cover star, and also shared a new visual essay and personal letter with the magazine. Check it out right here.