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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.

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“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.

On Fashion:
"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." 

Read the entire piece here.

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Lil Tecca, Skai Jackson, Lil Yachty And More Pay Tribute To Juice WRLD

The death of Jarad Anthony Higgins, also known as Juice WRLD, has left the hip hop world and beyond in mourning. The artist reportedly suffered a seizure Sunday at an airport in Chicago. Since his passing, many fans and collaborators have shared their condolences.

Juice's last Instagram post celebrating his 21st birthday includes friends and fans sending their love. "You were just giving me tips on how to battle my anxiety," said Lil Tecca, who worked with the rapper for his "Ransom (Remix)." DaBaby also shared, "Fly high my boy." Others like Lil Yachty were at a loss for words. "Bye brother, love u dawg," he captioned a photo of the two on Instagram.

In addition to endless IG posts, fans shared their favorite songs by the rapper and some of his stellar freestyles. One of his most popular freestyles was his second Funk Flex freestyle in September.

See more touching tributes below.

Terrible news about the young man Juice Wrld. We share December 2nd as our arrival day. Gone way too soon. Life is precious.

— *LAMB OVER RICE* (@ActionBronson) December 8, 2019

Juice Wrld all day. R.I.P

— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) December 8, 2019

Heart broken @JuiceWorlddd I love you bro 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/B2lp93dR6G

— HaHa Davis (@HaHaDavis) December 8, 2019

really shocked and sad to find out juice wrld passed away, ... and so young too... a reminder that life can be over any moment... be kind to one another.

— Zedd (@Zedd) December 8, 2019

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— Sir Ski Mask (@THESLUMPGOD) December 8, 2019

Man, so sad. I pray you meet the lord above. RIP Young King. 🙏 @JuiceWorlddd pic.twitter.com/4u4HWiFggU

— FAT JOE (@fatjoe) December 8, 2019

 

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😢😔 bye brother, love u dawg.. rip

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Rest Up Legend 😔💔 #RIPJuiceWrld

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🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 Long Live Juice. cover his family right now and give them strength. @nolimit_gmoney @lilbibby_ @nolimitherbo

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this sad as fuck

rest in love juice wrld 🏆

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) December 8, 2019

Wow this makes me more upset, RIP Juice WRLD not only are we losing a legend we are missing out on what could have been a smash hit between two legends, Davido and Juice Wrld☹️ pic.twitter.com/mnL9ldY9O6

— Davidodailyupdates (@Davidodailyupd1) December 8, 2019

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fam what, RIP to that young man Juice

— father (@father) December 8, 2019

Rest In Peace Juice Wrld... so sad

— Skai (@skaijackson) December 8, 2019

Juice WRLD was one of the best at freestyles off the top.

Gone way too soon. Prayers to him and his family 🙏🏽 #RIPJuiceWrld pic.twitter.com/NRX1TSQUlZ

— Trending Raps (@TrendingRaps) December 8, 2019

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Juice WRLD Dead At 21

Chicago artist Juice WRLD has died at the age of 21 following a seizure. The rapper, known globally for his emo-rap style, collapsed at Chicago's Midway Airport after suffering from what was initially reported as a “medical issue,” by the Chicago Fire Department and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

TMZ reported Sunday (Dec. 8) Juice, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, was alive when paramedics arrived on the scene. Paramedics found Higgins bleeding from the mouth and rushed him to the hospital. Higgins regained consciousness but was pronounced dead by the time he reached a local hospital. “This is being classified currently as a death investigation," Natalia Derevyanny, Director of Communications for the Cook County medical examiner's office, told Billboard. "There are no initial signs of foul play and we are awaiting results from the medical examiner on the cause and manner of death.” An investigation is currently underway.

Higgins was born on December 2 and raised in Chicago. After the release of his first single "All Girls Are The Same," in 2018, he signed a record deal with Lil Bibby's Grade A Productions and Interscope Records. Juice WRLD became known the most for his emo-rap style and rose to the top of the charts that same year with the single, "Lucid Dreams." The track went five times platinum and earned a No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

His debut album Goodbye and Good Riddance reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart and went on to sell over a million copies. His success led to adored collaborations with Travis Scott and a collaborative mixtape with Future titled, WRLD on Drugs. He also earned a Best New Artist award at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in May. His second album Death Race for Love was also a hit with fans, reaching No. 1 on the charts and sprouting the singles, "Robbery" and "Hear Me Calling."

But his notable feats were his battles with anxiety and drug use. The artist openly talked about his use of lean in the 6th grade and taking Percocet and Xanax at the age of 15. “What do you expect if I’m a young dude that really loves music, really looks up to these artists? I didn’t have a man giving me no type of guidance," he said about rappers and their behavior inspiring his own to Billboard. "My father wasn’t in my life like that.” he also shared with the magazine efforts to inspire his fans.

“I want to be that person that leads people out of the place they’re at,” he said. “And in the process, maybe I’ll find the key to get out of the place that I’m at. The low places I may wander into or get trapped in.”

In July, he shared with fans his road to sobriety while apologizing to his longtime girlfriend Ally Lotti. “Ima leave that s**t alone 4 good watch me, I’m done wit it,” he tweeted. “I got work to do, a lot. Learn from this everyone. Addiction kills all but you can overcome."

He also appeared to be in good spirits leading up to his 21st birthday.

This life is yours do what tf you want do great things and change the world don’t let no one tell you SHIT.. and you’ll be bigger than “juice wrld” will ever be, and he’s going down as a legend - Jarad

— . (@JuiceWorlddd) December 1, 2019

He had plans to wrap up his third album. His friend and engineer Max Lord shared the status of the project with XXL. “We’re focusing a lot more on [Juice Wrld’s] evolution in terms of where like the first album was more dealing with the bad relationship and with heartbreak and with the torment that brought,” he said.

Juice WRLD made a splash with other artists this year like Lil Tecca's "Ransom (Remix)," Ski Mask The Slump God's "Nuketown" and the remake of Vitamin C's 1999 classic pop tune, "Graduation (Friends Forever)" with benny blanco.

He is survived by his mother and older brother.

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Obie Trice Arrested For Felony Assault After Shooting Incident

Detroit rapper and D-12 associate Obi Trice was jailed after a domestic incident that ended with his girlfriend’s 18-year-old son getting shot. According to court records, Trice was booked into Oakland County Jail early Friday (Dec. 6) morning for aggressive felony assault against a family member and contempt of court for violating a protection order.

Neighbors called police after hearing commotion coming from Trice’s home, TMZ reports. Trice, who had allegedly been drinking all day, got into a physical altercation with his girlfriend when her son stepped in to take her out of the home. Before they could leave, Trice went to get his firearm. The gun went off during a struggle between the son and Trice, hitting the young man in the groin. He was able to drive himself to the hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.

Trice, 42, was allegedly carrying a gun when police arrived, but was arrested without incident. The former Shady Records artist who launched his own record label, Black Market Entertainment, released his fifth studio album, The Fifth, this past August.

 

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