Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky has discussed the influences behind his upcoming second studio LP.
Rocky’s eagerly awaited new record ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’ will released on May 12, the follow-up to 2013 debut ‘Long.Live.ASAP’. The album will include collaborations with rapper Juicy J and producer Clams Casino and was executive produced by Danger Mouse and the late A$AP Yams.
Speaking to NME in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, the hip-hop star and A$AP Mob leader stated that the record “doesn’t have any singles on it”. Rocky added, “I’ll do what the fuck I want. That’s the only way to do it. I’d be confused if I tried to fit in. I’m an innovator.”
Rocky also revealed to NME that he was inspired by The Beatles when recording the album. “It’s just so inspirational to go against the grain,” he said. “The Beatles were at the top of their careers and doing all that pop shit. Then they do some leftfield shit – and it worked. Those guys were geniuses.”
Discussing the album further, Rocky said that he drew from recent racial tensions in America for the lyrics. He also dedicated the record to the aforementioned A$AP Yams, who died aged 26 in January of this year.
“I’ve never made music this great,” Rocky continued. “No-one has. You’ll see… The album just shows [Yams] knew what he was talking about when he told people that I was the greatest of my generation ever. He was right.”
Earlier this month, A$AP Rocky was filmed in altercation with a customer in a east London bagel shop. The video showed the rapper confronting an unknown man in a shop on London’s Brick Lane, ending with Rocky leaving in order to avoid things going further.
A$AP Rocky spoke to NME following his recent RBMA Lecture in London. See below to watch the full lecture, including an exclusive first play of new song ‘M’s’ plus a guest appearance by Mos Def.