With the recent deaths of Pro Era member Capital STEEZ and Freddy E., the issue of suicide is becoming a serious hot button topic in Hip Hop. Now, in a recent interview with MTV, Harlem up-and-comer A$AP Rocky enters the dialogue and discusses his own suicidal inklings.
Rocky discussed why he was compelled to rap about suicide on his Danger Mouse-produced song “Phoenix,” saying that he sometimes thinks about taking his own life. Despite this, Rocky explained that he believes those kinds of emotions are normal for most people, whether others would admit it or not.
“‘Bloody ink on my pad spelled suicide/Michael Jackson even passed cause you scrutinized’ – those are natural feelings that we all get sometimes,” he said. “You hurt so bad and you’re going through so much pain to the point where sometimes you don’t even wanna live anymore. That’s how a lot of people think, whether we’d like to admit it or not and that’s all I was showcasing. It was that emotion…suicidal kinda emotions…I’m not glorifying it at all. I’m just basically telling you that sometimes I have suicidal thoughts. And maybe I should seek help, or maybe it’s not that deep.”
Check out the full interview below.