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ASAP Twelvyy on Kyrie Irving, Michael Jackson's spirit and spreading the love

The rapper performs with ASAP Mob in Lowell this weekend.
ASAP Twelvyy
See ASAP Twelvyy at Tsongas Center‎. Photo by Getty Images

Between dropping his long awaited debut album “12” to critical acclaim this summer and the continued success of ASAP Mob, ASAP Twelvyy is riding pretty high right now.

The rapper hopes to bring those good vibes to the Boston area when he and the rest of the ASAP crew perform at Tsongas Center in Lowell this weekend. ASAP Twelvyy tells Metro that he has a lot of love for Massachusetts and expects Saturday's show "to be turnt."

Aside from bringing the party to Bay State fans, the hip-hop star is excited to be back in town so he can bask in the glow of the region's many championship-winning teams, namely the Celtics. ASAP Twelvyy is happy to see Kyrie Irving take his talents to Boston and thinks that the team will be exciting to watch this season.

"I know the whole Massachusetts area is on fire. You got Kyrie. It's a rebirth right now," he says. "I would love to see Kyrie and Gordon Hayward kill, and Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. It's going to be real exciting."

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Like Boston's sports teams, ASAP Twelvyy believes that his squad is firing on all cylinders at the moment as they take over the rap game. 

ASAP Mob dropped their second studio album, "Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy," in August, while group members ASAP Rocky and ASAP Ferg have been making a lot of headway with their own ventures in recent years. Now it's ASAP Twelvyy's turn to enjoy some of the spotlight as a solo artist, but it's been a long time coming.

To the chagrin of fans, the rapper took a few years to release "12," but felt that 2017 was the right time because he thinks audiences today have finally caught up with his style of music.

"It took a lot of time with me because I was discouraged," ASAP Twelvyy says. "I was seeing people didn't give a f--k about music. They're materialistic. They don't really care about this s--t. So I just had to take my time. I'm just happy I had time."

For the Harlem native, performing and making music is more than just fame and fortune, it's a way to reach people on a deeper level. Through his songs, as well as his foray into the world of fashion with his LYBB (Last Year Being Broke) line, ASAP Twelvyy hopes to inspire others to better themselves.

"I'm more like a vanguard, humanitarian type than just an artist," he says. "I push the frequency of life, not just what you're wearing. LYBB as a label is more than just fashion. It's also a conscious statement. It's a broad statement, too, a bold statement."

According to the budding hip-hop superstar, he was partly inspired to spread more positivity with his work after several, strange moments involving psychedelics a few years ago. ASAP Twelvyy claims to have even met the ghost of Michael Jackson while taking these ego-shedding trips.

"I feel like I met Michael Jackson's spirit on plenty of occassions," He says. "One time in my own crib, off the s--ts, listening to mad music and he was like, 'Yo, play Finito for me.' I played Finito for him. We watched the original Batman with the sound off. It was crazy."

In the spirit of the late king of pop, ASAP Twelvyy wants to spread the love throughout the world, especially in such dangerous and divisive times.

"It's about the mentality. It's about the ideas. It's about the love. It's about caring," he says. "Right now, Houston is going through – the world is going through a lot. We all just need to be there for each other."

If you go:

Sept. 23, 8 p.m., Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell, tsongascenter.com

 
 
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