A$AP Rocky kept a low profile over the past year after dealing with the recent death of longtime friend and business partner ASAP Yams. But don’t think for one second this creative genius wasn’t quietly making moves during his hiatus.
Rocky is already dominating 2015 with the release of his sophomore album, At.Long.Last.A$AP landing No.1 on the Billboard 200 charts and starring in Dope, a film created to redefine the misrepresentation of Black youth growing up in the ‘hood.
Rocky believes “Dope” will have a powerful impact on today’s youth. He wants to continue acting in films that contribute a positive message to society.” I plan to do both acting and music. I would love to work with directors like Wes Anderson, Guy Richie, Quentin Tarentino, Spike Lee and Hype Williams,” he says.
Rolling out spoke with Rocky briefly on his thoughts about police brutality in the Black community. Do you agree with his stance on the subject? –lauren martinez
How do you feel about the ongoing conflict happening between the police and African American males?
It’s funny because a cop kills a kid and it makes headlines all across the world. This issue has been going on for years now. I’m not trying to call cops kid killers, but it happens. Basically, what I am saying is that this isn’t the first time we are hearing this kind of story. Black people are killing each other every day and are outnumbering the deaths of the police versus urban people. It’s actually internal and I look at it like why should I sit here and glorify media hype about the police when in all reality the problem is within us. I don’t have the answers. I’m not Sway. I just try to be the best individual I can be and set a certain type of presence. I want people to be themselves. At the end of the day when you follow propaganda and mediums, then you get lost within society’s manipulation. There is always a motive.