A$AP Rocky Talks About ‘Gay Stuff’ in Hip Hop, New ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Music + More
A$AP Rocky's debut album, 'Long. Live. A$AP,' has only been out for a couple of months, but when it comes to getting a follow-up out, it sounds like he won't be wasting any time. As he put it in a recent interview, "We're not going to wait too much."
Rocky shared a few details during the chat with Ryan Seacrest's network (embedded above), saying his next record will blend "The beauties of classical music, of soft music from different genres. A lot of singing, rhythm and blues" with what he calls "The dirty rawness of boom bap...trailer music." The result, he says, will be titled 'Beauty and the Beast,' because "Beauty is the classical music, Beast is the boom bap, thuggish music. Put it together." Admitting the concept might sound a little strange, he promised, "I'm about to be so creative with this s---."
Asked who he'd like to collaborate with, Rocky dropped a few expected names (Jay-Z, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony) and one that might catch some people by surprise. "I'm going to work with Adele, but it's not going to be featuring Adele -- she's just going to work with me," he predicted. "Because she's such a big artist, people are going to think I want to work with her because she's Adele the famous person. No, I want to work with her because she's Adele the artist."
That outside-the-box thinking extends to Rocky's take on hip-hop's struggles with homosexuality. Talking with designer Alexander Wang during a separate interview, he addressed what was called the "gay thing" by saying, "It’s 2013, and it’s a shame that, to this day, that topic still gets people all excited. It’s crazy. And it makes me upset that this topic even matters when it comes to hip-hop, because it makes it seem like everybody in hip-hop is small-minded or stupid -- and that’s not the case. We’ve got people like Jay-Z. We’ve got people like Kanye. We’ve got people like me. We’re all prime examples of people who don’t think like that. I treat everybody equal, and so I want to be sure that my listeners and my followers do the same if they’re gonna represent me."