A$AP Rocky: What I've Learned

The New York rapper on happiness, joining the mile-high club and being the next James Bond

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A$AP Rocky, photographed in London, April 2015

The only thing that’s exquisite about my taste is my fashion sense. Other than that I’m a piece of shit.

I don’t get enough time to watch porn but I have orgies, like, every other night. It usually goes down with chicks in my room and once they’re done with me they want to go and get with some of my mates. Are they in my room, too? No. That would be strange. OK, I did say orgies. I should have said threesomes or foursomes but they do give my friends some so how do you include that? How do I manifest that into the combo? The most I’ve managed is five girls and me. A sixsome!

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Expect the worst but pray for the best.

I sold drugs I’m not proud of when I was 15. As I got older, I was known for selling marijuana. I don’t recommend heroin, crack, meth, Xanax, OxyContin or opium. Did I ever try crack? Hell no! Crack is like something out of The Lord of the Rings. Once you fuck with the Ring, it sticks with you.

I don’t cry at films. Maybe The Lion King when I was a child. OK, 10 years ago I watched it again and I got a little teary-eyed.

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Sometimes you have your own truth, which might be different to how everyone else perceives things. For instance, I’m quite sure that it made a lot of sense to Kanye West to take that trophy from Taylor Swift [VMAs, 2009]. Only to him. You can be your own worst enemy. I say what I feel. That’s going to come and bite me on the ass one day.

Man made rules and laws. God made right and wrong.

I was dating a Romanian girl and she told me this wise tale. She said that back in the old days, when everybody was in Romania, this old woman – I think it was her grandmother or somebody – put gold inside her mouth. When they came to America that’s what she pawned to start her new life. That inspired me to go and get diamonds installed in my teeth. You can’t see it. They’re only in the back. If the world ends at least my mouth will be valuable.

I think I’m very handsome. I do! It’s a problem because I’m too conceited. We don’t need the whole world to be full of themselves but it works for me. No one else looks like this. That’s what makes me so special.

When you play Monopoly, everybody wants to be the car, right? I prefer to be the shoe. I’m really not bad. You should challenge me. Take me on. I’m a better card player. There’s this one game I like called Crazy Eights. It’s similar to Uno but more for adults.

How famous am I out of 10? Maybe seven.

Men, our worst thing is rejection. We don’t deal well with it. So, if you go up to a girl and you don’t care, you’ll get her. Just make her smile. If you put too much thought into it you’ll get nervous and mess up. I could go up to a chick that doesn’t know who I am and I could get her. Even if she’s, like, a classy accountant. I’m telling you, I’ve fucked plenty of accountants. My fantasy is to fuck a stewardess while on the plane. Never did it. A friend of mine got a blow job from a girl one time back in coach. She wasn’t a stewardess, unfortunately.

Happiness comes and goes. Happy today. Satisfied tomorrow. Pleased the next day. Upset after that. It happens.

I don’t eat meat. At all. Four years now. No chicken, no pork, no beef, no turkey. Fish, yes. I’m a pescatarian. One day, I was going to an interview and people were giving away live chickens. It was the worst smell ever. I just don’t want to eat something that smells like that when it’s alive. That was disgusting.

Charlize Theron is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen. Sean Penn is a lucky bastard. I loved him in Bad Boys (1983).

Where I come from, they try to make you think that you need a college education to accomplish anything. I don’t believe that.

I’d like to see me as the next Bond. We need a black James Bond. I’d get the job done and I’ll look better than any other Bond that has ever lived. All I need is a six-pack.

I grew up in Harlem, New York City. My dad had jobs but mostly sold drugs. No one in my family was ever successful. My parents raised me with a lot of manners and taught me to be fair. My older brother Ricky was into gangs. He was a Blood. That’s not my thing. He was in jail a lot. He was a good kid but he made a lot of poor decisions. I still love him, though. He taught me how to be a man and fight for what’s mine. He’s not here with us any more. He got shot.

Rappers are supposed to have two earrings. I only have one. I’m not big on jewellery.

I masturbate whenever I get the chance. Every man should. Even if you’re married. Every woman, too. It’s all about knowing yourself. That’s a healthy thing.

Emotional people are unbearable. They’re not rational. You can be intoxicated with emotions. Imagine you catch your wife in bed with another man. Emotionally, you’re a wreck. That might cause you to do something you later regret. I don’t like being emotional.

I am in touch with my feminine side. I have manicures, pedicures and love The Devil Wears Prada. I prefer that over Sex and the City, though there are some sexy chicks in that show.

I had to get stitches in my cheek when I was 15. I’d been in a group fight. This kid pulled out a gun and was hitting people with the butt of it. My worst injury was falling off my bike when I was eight. I chipped a tooth.

I’ve got my eye on a few actresses and singers and supermodels. I might embarrass them if I say who. I love women. I can just never get enough. I need help.

Why don’t I do more exercise? I’m too busy. Orgies – that’s my exercise. 

A$AP Rocky’s latest album At. Long. Last. A$AP is out now

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