Rihanna And A$AP Rocky In Concert At The Mandalay Bay Events Center Rihanna And A$AP Rocky In Concert At The Mandalay Bay Events Center
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 12: Recording artist A$AP Rocky performs at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on April 12, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

A$AP Rocky Speaks Out On Hood By Air Beef: 'I Birthed It, So I Can Kill It'

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What's beef?

That's what A$AP Rocky's latest banger "Multiply" has got many of us asking, and most importantly is this the possible end of a street style era that glorified norm core brands like Hood by Air and Been Trill? By the sound of Rocky's tune full of shady lyrics, yes. "HBA shit is weak, you can keep that", the trendsetter rapped on the track which set the internet and hypebeasts alike ablaze. Once the fashion killa himself speaks, it's a done deal apparently. Even if he was "Hood by Air, to the do-rag" once upon a time ago, Rocky is now denoting his affiliation with both Hood by Air and Been Trill and he's quite unapologetic when it comes to the slander he's served lately.

Vixens, still confused on Rocky's fashion 180?  Continue clicking to check out New York Mag's discussion with the well dressed rapper as he goes on record to clarify his "Multiply"  lyrics once and for all.

 

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This conversation about Hood by Air: Do you think they are weak? Did we misunderstand?
No, there is no misunderstanding.

Why did you say that?
Because I can. I birthed it, so I can kill it.

[Regarding] the Hood by Air line on your album, was there anything in particular that happened? That made you feel like the stuff was weak?
You know, fashion, it changes. Your perception of fashion sometimes changes; one day is red, the next day is blue. My style changes, it varies.

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So you weren’t as into it anymore.
It is what it is. HBA shit is weak.

Will you work with those guys again?
I don’t know.

How about Been Trill? [On "Multiply," Rocky also says, "I ain't really fucking with that Been Trill."]
That shit is wack, too.

Anything in particular?
I’m going to put it to you like this: I can say that I’ve been scrutinized for my fashion since I was about 15 years old. A lot of people got it easy. I feel like I had to go through the whole Civil Rights Movement just to be comfortable, to make other people comfortable, to be able to wear what they want to wear, and a lot of dudes are just claiming to have it without having to have that sacrifice or suffering through all that kind of shit. We’ve been through that kind of shit. That’s all I can really say about it. It is really miniscule. It’s no real beef.

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What do you mean, you’ve been through everything?
No, meaning the way that I look now, this wasn’t acceptable about 12 years ago in the hood. [He’s wearing a closely tailored black suit.] Because we’ve always been dressing like this and it wasn’t acceptable and we made it acceptable.

And there is an aspect of those guys that doesn't get that?
They changed. They look like me now. Or at least they try to.

I’m just trying to understand what you mean. These guys don’t understand what you experienced in fashion?
What guys are you referring to at the moment?

The Hood by Air folks.
I’m not even talking about them at the moment; I’m talking about regular, typical motherfuckers, people in the hood, in middle America, all around the world.

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