Rakim Mayers a.k.a. A$AP Rocky is the cover story for Interview April 2013 issue. In this issue Rocky addresses the whole “gay thing.”
Here are some quotes from his interview with designer Alexander Wang via Daily News:
“Fashion was a natural thing to me,” A$AP Rocky tells designer Alexander Wang in April’s issue of Interview magazine. “It was just one of those things that helped me be an individual … and it helped me get the attention that most people try to get with publicity stunts or by doing other crazy things.”
“I came up in a world that was just crazy — and it was hectic and kind of radical at the same time. For me, growing up in Harlem and then migrating down to SoHo and the lower East Side and chillin’ down there and making that my stomping ground . . . That was a big thing, because I’m from Harlem, and downtown is more artsy and also more open-minded. So I got the best of both worlds. It was like being on the streets and then being in school at the same time, and I tried to keep my hands in everything just so I wasn’t missing out on any fun. I just always wanted to be knowledgeable of my whereabouts, my surroundings, and what was going on with our generation,” he says.
“For instance, one big issue in hip-hop is the gay thing. 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. And if I’m gonna represent them, then I also want to do it in a good way.”
I think Rocky handled the topic nicely. When a genre known for “tough guy antics” has an artist willing to take risks fashionably, it’ll raise some questions from the majority. Personally, I couldn’t care less about what is in this man’s wardrobe. I don’t listen to his music because he wears Maison Martin Margiela leather sneakers, En Noir tight leather pants with a Givenchy scarf. I can’t hear what he wears through these headphones — so why should you judge? And it doesn’t seem like his fashion sense is hurting album sales or decreasing his popularity; in fact, it’s doing the exact opposite.