A$AP Rocky Opens Up About Filling Influential Shoes And Missing A$AP Yams
With so much going on these days, it’s probably difficult for 26-year-old A$AP Rocky to keep his thoughts together. This past Saturday at the premiere of his Sundance film Dope, which was directed by Rick Famuyiwa, the Harlem rapper was generally collected through the bustling event.
The hip-hop inspired film was a fan favorite during the annual Sundance Film Festival. Whispers even say it may be up for the audience award. In the film, Rocky plays a local drug dealer named Dom, alongside Zoé Kravitz, Keith Stanfield and ex-girlfriend Chanel Iman.
During the after party for Dope, T Magazine spoke to Rocky about the recent passing of his close friend, A$AP Yams. Yams, co-founder of A$AP MOB and heavy influencer of the hip-hop community, passed away Jan. 18. The details of his death are undisclosed.
“I miss him,” Rocky told T. “Yams was my Yoda. He’s my brother. He left too soon, but I cherished every moment that I knew him.” The tension of the conversation reportedly relaxed as they stepped away from the death and continued into discussion of his possible acting career. Rocky made it clear that he wants to improve and continue his acting career. Check out takeaways from the talk.
"I just came from Paris, stuntin’. I call it stuntin’ because I have a unique taste. I’m doing the combat Alexander Wang boots, but you can’t even tell that they’re Alexander Wang. I got my Raf denim, Rick Owens T-shirt, Dries Van Noten bomber. No jewelry, no grills."
On Being in Dope:
"I was helping Chanel with her lines, and there was one role where I was like, “Oh, this dumb kid, he seems a little interesting. I want to go for it.” I was actually in London recording my album, and I figured I’d just send a video in. So I sent two videos, and they liked them. And two months later, when I flew to L.A., I met up with Rick and did an audition in front of him, and he just decided to go with me. [I found out I got the role] via text message from Rick. He wrote me, like, “Congratulations, Dom.” And I was like, “What? Did I get him correct just now? Am I trippin’? Am I buggin’?”'
On Musical Influences:
"I really like the way Pharrell does things. Starting out as a music producer, and then around 2000 trying to rap, to going into doing, like, sing-y songs and really nailing it. That was really impressive. I love what Kid Cudi’s doing, because Cudi is just always on the scene. Movies here and there, short films, big cinema films, Hollywood blockbusters. His music is always good. That’s as far as hip-hop goes, but if you want to talk about in general? Michael Jackson."
On Tupac Comparisons:
"I think that’s not a fair comparison. Those shoes are way too big to try to fill. I’m nothing like Pac. Nobody is, you know? It would be an honor to be influential and to be as revolutionary and universal as he was, to have that kind of impact with a genre like hip-hop."
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