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.

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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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