A$AP Rocky spoke to Billboard following his performance at Samsung’s Milk Music Lounge during SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Rocky revealed a few of the artists that will appear on his sophomore studio album, which is tentatively titled A.L.L.A., and spoke about the success of his new movie, Dope.
Rocky said that the follow up to 2013’sLong. Live. A$AP.is finished.
“I’m mastering it right now,” he told Billboard. “It’s coming soon.”
Rocky didn’t expand on whether or not the album would be released in a surprise manner, but he did say fans will be surprised about “how diverse it is.”
“People really don’t know the other side of me,” he said. “The deeper side, the more musical side, the more intellectual side. When I first came on the scene it was more of this trendy, bourgeois, pizazz attitude. That’s still me, but at the end of the day I think that kind of overshadowed the whole purpose of me doing what I do.
“I’m an incredibly diverse artist, I’m a universal artist,” he continued. “At least that’s how I see it.”
Rocky has enlisted Lykke Li, Juicy J and Clams Casino for the album. He also revealed that a song he recorded with FKA Twigs – three years ago – will be featured, as well.
The Puff Daddy and Pharrell Williams–produced movie that Rocky recently starred in inspired the rapper-turned-actor to live a healthier lifestyle.
“For Dope I really got it together: I wasn’t smoking. I was sober. I tried to gain weight to not look like myself,” he said. “I lost the weight eventually, but I still got my belly. I think it’ll be a Hip Hop classic, and we haven’t had one of those in so long.”
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