With his studio debut LongLiveA$AP already earning rave reviews from critics, A$AP Rocky is carving what looks to be a less-than-temporary niche in Hip Hop. Now, in a recent interview with MTV, the Harlem upstart discusses his goal for his music.
While discussing the similarities between the Wu-Tang Clan and his own A$AP Mob, Rocky explained that his sole goal is to make music that best represents Hip Hop culture. He continued, saying that he considers himself an “anti-bandwagon” rapper and wants to bring more to the table with his music than his peers.
“I thought I had [the baton from the older generation]. I thought I was running with it. I thought we all were,” he explained. “We gotta hold it down for the young cats man. My thing is, I just want to make everybody who enjoys music and art and Hip Hop music proud,” he said of his artistic and cultural mission. That’s all I want to do. I don’t want y’all to say this guy is misrepresenting us or he’s giving it a bad name. I just want to represent Hip Hop well and I want to show you guys my aspect on what I think Hip Hop should be.”
He continued, “That’s why all my videos are, I guess I want to say, different than your standard Hip Hop video. That’s why all of my lyrics and my production choices and just my rapping scheme and patterns are different than your average artist because I’m an innovator. I’m like anti-bandwagon. That’s what I’m running with for 2013 and I’m gonna show these guys how to step it up,” he boasted proudly. “If they gonna be competing against me, man, they’re gonna have to get it together.”
Check out the full interview below.