A$AP Rocky previously expressed that he wasn’t exactly interested in signing to a major label, but then made the surprise announcement earlier this month that he signed with Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records.

Speaking with Pitchfork, the Harlem, New York native explained that his change of heart came is because of the $3 million deal he was offered.

“About three million dollars. [Other rappers who don’t sign] are smart, but I feel like Sony/RCA is a family and the people there actually care about me. When I came to meet [Polo Grounds Music founder] Bryan Leach, I got to know him on a personal level– he would set up car service for me to go to other labels. He wanted to see me make it. He’s from Harlem,” he said.

He asserted that signing with a label wouldn’t compromise his music or vision. “I’m going to have creative control; there’s no bullshit. The situation is almost unrealistic. I mean, five months ago I had about $3,000 in my bank account. Now I’m worth $3 million. Nobody’s gotten a deal like that since 50 Cent.”

Read the full interview at Pitchfork.

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