A$AP Twelvyy's debut has been a long time coming. After literal years in the works, the Mob-member blessed us with the aptly-titled 12 at the top of the month. We were into it, particularly into how Twelvyy was able to craft such a nuanced portrait of the city that raised that him without relying on pure nostalgia-driven dribble. He's had ample growth opportunities in his time with the Mob, and on his first full-length, it really shows.
And though there are plenty of moments to choose from that demonstrate Twelvyy personally engaging with the listener, we were craving a bit more. So we caught up with the rapper shortly after 12's release to discuss crafting the record, his subtle indie-rock affiliations and which of the Mob's members he would take out for ice cream. Read our chat below.
How does it feel to finally be putting your debut album out into the world?
It still hasn't hit me yet, but it's beyond a dream come true. I feel like I waited my whole life for this. I'm super charged and ready to go!! Word to Yambo, it was well worth the wait.
Let’s talk about the track “Diamonds.” Can you tell us a bit about bringing it to life?
I remember sitting on the track for a minute. I even re-did my verse. That's how passionate I was about this song coming to life. I remember being in the studio with Yams and Flacko hearing this beat like damn!!! They were like, "Yeah you need this!!"
Aside from “Diamonds,” you have another track riffing on a 2000’s indie band, “Yea Yeah Yea (Maps).” Are you a low-key indie rock fan?
Yessir. I'm into all types of music, but indie rock and pop music definitely stick out to me. I love the alternative genres. I enjoy any and everything with feeling. I feel like music is in my blood.
I understand the concept for the album is ‘a 14 year old kid looking out the window in the projects,’ can you tell us a bit about what inspired that?
Around the age of 12-13, I moved to Castle Hill projects. Everything I experienced in the projects made me into the mastermind I am today. The one of a kind ways of the projects and streets shaped me into a beautiful product of my environment.
What was one of the most challenging parts about creating this record?
Definitely losing my brother. I lost my focus.
And what was one of the least challenging?
The least challenging was writing this, lol. The journey of making a record can drive you into a portal of devotion and determination.
What three words would you use to describe your flow?
Everlasting, interchangeable, futuristic.
If you could take any of your fellow Mob members out for an ice cream right now, who would it be and why?
Lol J Scott for sure. He the main man in the snacks department.
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