A$AP Rocky Talks Fashion, Being a Role Model, & Homosexuality in Hip-Hop in Interview

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A$AP Rocky has won over music critics and fashion’s elite with his bold bars and fresh style. Now he’s gracing the April 2013 cover of Interview magazine. In the issue, the self-proclaimed “Pretty Motherfu**er” shows off his avant-garde style, modeling masks, face paint, and lots of leather.

Before kicking off the “Diamonds World Tour” with Rihanna, the Harlem rapper got on the phone with his fashion idol, designer Alexander Wang, who cast Rocky in his spring campaign for T by Alexander Wang.

Hear him sound off on fashion’s impact on his career, being a role model, and the “gay thing.”

On the past year: “2012 was probably the most historic year of my life. I got to work with you for the first time. I’m getting my respect as a video director. The fashion industry respects me and knows who I am. But then the album leaked. I also lost my dad over Christmas.”

On the role fashion has played throughout his career: “Fashion was about standing out as an individual—and it helped me get the attention that most people try to get with publicity stunts or by doing other crazy things. But I just let the attention come to me naturally, and I think some of that has to do with my fashion.”

On homosexuality and hip-hop: “It’s 2013, and it’s a shame that, to this day, that topic still gets people all excited. It’s crazy. And it makes me upset that this topic even matters when it comes to hip-hop, because it makes it seem like everybody in hip-hop is small-minded or stupid—and that’s not the case. We’ve got people like Jay-Z. We’ve got people like Kanye. We’ve got people like me. We’re all prime examples of people who don’t think like that. I treat everybody equal, and so I want to be sure that my listeners and my followers do the same if they’re gonna represent me.”

On being a role model: “I just want to get it all out there and be the best role model that I can be, if people want to put me in that kind of predicament. I mean, I didn’t ask to be a role model, because I’m not perfect.”

Photo credit: Craig McDean/Interview



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33 Comments

  1. Zack

    Good comments on homosexuality. It is indeed crazy, we are all people, no matter who you like.

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  2. CHRIS

    Hmmm. I wonder if he really thinks that. If he spoke against homosexuality there would be backlash.
    I am not for it because as a Christian it’s what I believe. I don’t have anything against gays I just don’t agree that people of the same gender should be allowed to marry in a church that teaches against the practise. It is kind of disrespectful to Christianity…
    I don’t wanna start beef lol. Just sharing my opinion. Don’t slaughter me.

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    relvry Reply:

    @CHRIS, it’s not my intent to slaughter you but the fact of the matter is homosexual marriage can be somewhat looked at an attempt to obey the bible by marrying and not sleeping around. christians should respect that. The church ultimately spreads hate.

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    Bougie Kid Reply:

    @relvry, !!!!!!!

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    CHRIS Reply:

    @relvry, Yes but the fact that it is with a person of the same sex is what I don’t agree with. If things were meant to be that way why can’t man and man produce a child or woman and woman?
    I believe children are a product of love between two people and that’s why sex is called ‘making love’.

    Also, I’m not saying that people of the same sex can have very fond feelings of each other but I just don’t think it is what God intended to be honest.

    It’s just my view.

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    Paige Reply:

    @CHRIS, I’m a Christian as well and I believe what the Bible says about “Judge not, lest us be judged.” Then again, everyone has skeletons and no mortal has the right to judge another. I don’t have time to sit around and knock people who have done nothing to adversely affect me.

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    Tree Reply:

    @Paige, Religion is a very personal and meaningful thing to most people I understand. But all religions and followers hate one another which I don’t understand.What is right and what is wrong. I have too much to worry about to be thinking about what goes on in peoples personal lives. I believe in respect and happiness that’s all that people want at the end of the day.

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    CHRIS Reply:

    @Tree, I agree with you about the religions and arguing etc.
    Personally I think we should all just be respectful and accepting of eachother.
    I just don’t think the act is right. It is the person’s choice if they want to be gay. I’m not judging them personally. Just the action. I’m sure someone gay would respect my opinion.

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    Righteous Reply:

    @CHRIS, if they were a self hating ignoramus …….they probably would.

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    homoboi Reply:

    @CHRIS, homosexuality isn’t a choice. please grow a brain.

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  3. Mickey

    …and that is why he is a favorite of mine. a beautiful mind.

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  4. CHRIS

    They removed my comment. I’m not happy.

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  5. Ursula

    I like him. He’s in his own lane. and @CHRIS I hate when they do that. Too real I guess.

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  6. Realistically

    He’s gay.

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    MJL Reply:

    @Realistically, really? we’re gonna go that route?

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    Realistically Reply:

    @MJL, Really? You took that negatively? Says a lot about you.

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  7. poe

    YES!

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  8. Morgan

    Great remarks!

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  10. MMmHmm

    AND WHEN IS HE COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET HIMSELF? ASAP AINT FOOLING NOBODY.

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    2bad2bme Reply:

    @MMmHmm, would u like a cookie if he does….#sigh SMH

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  11. RCH

    If you guys want people to think you’re straight, don’t get so uncomfortable with the topic of homosexuality. Don’t start accusing others of being gay to take the spotlight off of your own homosexual fantasies.

    Let’s be real — you saw the word “Homosexuality” in the headline and were drawn into read this story. What drew you in and why did you feel the need to post something? Hmmm.

    If homosexuals make you uncomfortable, that says more about you than you think. Think about it. A$AP’s helping to eliminate the hate and racism from the minds of all these homo-repressed little boys who listen to rap music. Is that a bad thing? Do we another generation full of violent homophobes.

    The entertainment industry is full of GAY people. Life is full of GAY people. All these dudes nowadays “on the down low” are ashamed of themselves because they heard another dude “on the down low” talking trash about gays. It’s a vicious circle.

    Get your life.

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    MJL Reply:

    @RCH, agreed. the circle needs to be broken. if we’re ever gonna move forward and onto better things, we need to act like adults and realize what REALLY brings harm to us. gay people do not. I do not. thank you.

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    Andy Reply:

    @RCH, Agree but… I don’t like what the gays are doing. They are acting like their life is the worst nightmare ever. Also, they don’t accept the fact that they can’t be like a straight (have a family, have children) so now they marry and adopt children. I don’t like that we have to be surrounded by everything gay at every moment. Being gay is something that shouldn’t be that “special”, is just a different “taste”, nothing more.

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    Te0uan Reply:

    @Andy, You don’t like “what the gays are doing”? I’m a little confused. I am gay and I would one day like to have a family just like most people in this world. There are kids left for dead by straight people who don’t have homes and don’t have someone who can give them unconditional love. A homosexual couple can give that just as much as a straight couple can.

    Being gay isn’t something special, but it can at times be a nightmare. Are you gay? If not, i probably would think a little bit more before you type up some ish on what it’s like to be gay, cause sweetheart, you clearly have no idea. Amen.

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  12. Ira

    So all these comments about him being gay because he supports individual need to stop. Once again spread the love not hate.

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  13. clarkc04

    I truly believe ASAP is one of the smartest rappers around. He is very political, which I love, and seems to know what he is talking about! I definitely think he is a role model because he is a very modern thinker!!

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  14. K

    I truly believe that anybody that says he’s gay just because he spoke about homosexuality and equality is GAY stop being so judgemental

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    MJL Reply:

    @K, THANK YOU!!!

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  15. Yasmine

    He appears to be very intelligent in beliefs and well spoken. That’s an invaluable trait for any man to have, these days.

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  16. kate

    love him

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  17. meme

    he really impresses me. very intelligent and handsome young man.

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  18. zoe

    asap i Love u man u Rock!!!! :)

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