A$AP Rocky is coming off a major win. Last week, the Harlem rapper’s sophomore effort, A.L.L.A., debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart. When asked what he thought of the accomplishment, Rocky was honored, but didn’t want success to cloud his judgment.
“I mean, [having] the No. 1 album in the country is a blessing,” he tells BET.com. “But, I don’t think it’s a good mentality. I don’t think it’s something that people try to go for. They should definitely want a No. 1 project if they making one. But I don’t want people to get lost in making the No. 1 album because a lot of times where you try to make a No. 1 album, you compromise your style, your skill. It’s really about entertaining a certain crowd just to be popular on radio or whatnot. For me, just make music the way you feel and hopefully with the grace of God, it’ll be No. 1.”
Rocky’s A.L.L.A. is an 18-track effort that mixes his eclectic influences into a new brand of hip hop. It features the likes of Joe Fox, Future, M.I.A., Kanye West, Juicy J, UGK, Lil Wayne, Miguel, Rod Stewart, Mark Ronson and James Fauntleroy.
The “L$D” rapper also shared his opinion on Akon’s solar powered initiative to produce light for nearly 600 million people in Africa. Recently, his company, Lighting Africa, announced that they would invest in creating a solar academy for workers to develop skills in Mali.
“I think that’s amazing. Number one, a musician did that,” he says. “He represents the hip hop community, so a hip-hopper did that. I’m honored. It’s like seeing Kanye on Time [or] watching Jay Z do his Tidal thing. It’s not like them being Black or nothing like that; it’s just that they represent hip hop, the culture that I represent.”
We also discussed his role in the upcoming movie Dope, which has had positive reviews from its select screenings across the country. Does this mean we’ll see Rocky take acting seriously?
“[Kid] Cudi is one of my big inspirations,” he says of Cudi’s transition from a musician to an actor. “He’s a good friend, but he’s a big inspiration. I admire his career and what he does with it for music. I would definitely want to go in that direction as Cudi and Mos Def and these [other] guys.”
You can catch Dope in theaters on June 19.
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