GQ UK posted a short but sweet interview with A$AP Rocky this morning, pulled from a feature that ran in their June/July issue, on newsstands now. The Q&A about his crew’s brawl at SXSW comes about seven months after the Harlem rep signed a $1.5 million deal with Sony, and after the acclaim and co-signs from fashion magazines and designers (Complex, Jeremy Scott, Terry Richardson, Jalouse, and GQ, to list a few). Read a sample of the burning questions from the stylish gentleman’s mag. LongLiveA$AP, Rocky’s debut LP, is scheduled for release in July.
GQ: On “Trilla”, you call yourself a “weirdo”. What did you mean?
A$AP Rocky: You ready? I have gold teeth, I have braids, I’m wearing Rick Owens moon boots, I have rips in my denim, a biker vest, I love artsy girls, my favourite artists are Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon. I’m obsessed with being different.
GQ: Is feeling disrespected what provoked the brawl at your SXSW concert?
A$AP Rocky: We got hit with beer cans eight times. Eight. My pants were $1,000 and the crowd kept throwing stuff on them, not to mention that getting hit with a beer can hurts. In the middle of me asking nicely, they threw another. So I had to whup somebody’s ass.
GQ: Your brother was killed ten years ago—how did that shape your temperament?
A$AP Rocky: I became more forgiving and merciful because I was so hurt. I don’t want to be dealing and stuff no more; I’d rather have fun. And inspire people to make great stuff.