“Being a strong black man (or any man) has nothing to do with what you wear or who you fuck, but whether or not you have the will power to stay true to yourself. If that means wearing a dress, then so be it.”
VICE: How can I become a Pretty Motherfucker like you, Rocky?
A$AP Rocky: What really works for me is to just do what is best for myself. In other words, I do me. Anytime I do something it’s definitely me. I’m not faking it. And that’s just the way it is.
Jeremy Scott: It’s called genes. He was physically born with it. But on top of that, it sounds like his dad gave him a lot of swag. From the stories that I hear, his father’s style had a big impact on him when he was growing up. I think it’s important to have someone in your life like that, someone you can grasp onto as an icon. You leap onto what they’re doing and then go from there.
Tell me about your dad, Rocky.
AR: Well, my dad is from Barbados. He was a clean cut kind of a guy, especially in the way he dressed. I just took the advice he gave me and I ran with it. He told me to always be yourself and always feel comfortable with whatever decision you make because you chose to do it. Just because something doesn’t fit in doesn’t mean it’s not right. For instance, just because everybody is wearing white today and I chose to wear purple doesn’t mean I’m doing something wrong. It means I’m doing what I wanted to do. I ran with that. And I think that’s what adidas stands for, too.
Jeremy, I loved your latest collection, but some people find it offensive. When you are doing you own thing, do you pay attention to how other people are recieving you? Or do you just ignore it?
JS: I’m aware of it, but I don’t let it stop or prevent me. You can’t really get caught up in all of that. I’d rather do things that make people feel something—that’s my goal. And when you make people have an emotion, it can happen on either side of the fence—positive and negative. There’s always going to be people who feel really strongly for it and there’s going to be people who feel really strongly against it. That’s the way it goes. But I feel really blessed that I can touch people lives. So, if dealing with haters is the burden of an artist, I’ll take that.
In part 3, Rocky and Danny talk about bad interview questions, the power of music reviewers, who their real fans are, and how they go about choosing their beats.
(Source: Vice Magazine)
In part two of ‘Back & Forth’ A$AP Rocky loses control when Danny Brown tells the story of his teenage encounter with an old prostitute, Danny complains about being compared to Wu-Tangs ODB, and the two guys go through their shopping list of women they like to get down with.
"I’d fuck Cher though"
(Source: Vice Magazine)
Every time A$AP Rocky dropped a new video last year, everyone at VICE collectively stopped working and went to the store for 40’s and Dutches. So when the Harlem-bred M.C. asked us to collaborate on a new video for “Wassup,” a few of us threw ourselves into a celebratory weed haze and haven’t yet emerged.
There’s a ton going on in the video, including a giant pentagram made of an unidentifiable white powder. It’s based on elements from Rocky’s top five favorite movies: Scarface, Belly, Enter the Dragon, the Warriors, and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.