A$AP Rocky: Stoner style

A$AP Rocky

“I’m not going to lie, drugs have influenced my life; I do smoke a lot of marijuana,” slurs the guy who gave up dealing drugs two years ago. Even over the telephone, it’s inarguably clear in his smoke-soaked voice. At this point, the interview mimics those post-party dead-hour stoner chats where conversation falls somewhere between the profound and the prosaic: “Smoking together, bonging together, that’s where you meet some of your closest friends — it’s like a token of friendship.”

The combination of drug talk and toking has brought the hip-hop artist to his open-your-mind optimum, continuing: “It’s an international language of love. There’s no skin color barriers or no s— like that; everything is one color and that’s purple, baby —
everything is motherf—ing purple.”

Rocky is the ultimate hip-hop protagonist in a world where he’s “free to do whatever I want.” But like demigods before him, Rocky’s success is sewn in that murky mortal world where the rise and fall of celebrity is celebrated in equal measure — a place where Rocky’s not the master. Days before this interview, the 24-year-old (real name Rakim Mayers) was charged with assault after allegedly slapping a female fan at a festival in Philadelphia. His management was cagey: Rocky’s stoned. You’ll agree there’s a certain irony in his “F—in’ Problems” lyrics: “I love bad bitches, that’s my
f—in’ problem.” But as the Harlem-born rapper says, “You know, I’m not an
angel, we all know that, but I do love good people.”

“Love,” or rather lust, is another liberal endeavor for Rocky. He’s a boundless shagger of priapic proportions, with groupies genuflecting before the altar of the hip-hop collective A$AP Mob (Always Strive And Prosper.) He bagged a $3 million deal with Sony-RCA’s Polo Grounds Music (the dollar sign in the crews’ name now justified); and his debut album “Long.Live.A$AP” went straight to No. 1 on the Billboard 200.  And “good” seems to refer to beautiful people: He’s had a string of real and rumored dalliances with rapper Iggy Azalea, model Chanel Iman, who was by his side at the VMAs, and apparently Rihanna. But he is in fact, referring to Raf Simons, creative director at Christian Dior. Rocky loves clothes (Alexander Wang cast him in the Spring 2013 promo of his own diffusion line T by Alexander Wang).

Amid the fog of weed, there is some sense in Rocky’s mellow world, but he’ll need to convert more fans in chanting “Long.Live.A$AP.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Sprint and T-Mobile offer further price discounts

Sprint unveiled a plan on Thursday that gives subscribers access to unlimited data for $60 a month, the industry's cheapest unlimited data offering.

National

Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in…

The spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, totaling 457 transactions by the time it ended.

National

Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…

National

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with…

Movies

Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

The Word

The Word: The Zac Efron-Michelle Rodriguez summer fling…

  Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance…

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…