Published Feb 08, 2012Harlem MC A$AP Rocky quickly cemented himself as one of 2011's breakout stars with his druggy, addictive debut mixtape LiveLoveA$AP. With a spot on Drake's Club Paradise Tour with fellow up-and-comer Kendrick Lamar, a pricy deal on Sony/RCA, and his crew A$AP Mob slated to drop a mixtape later this year, he's certainly keeping busy.
On top of all that, you can now add a joint mixtape with Lamar's partner in Black Hippy, Schoolboy Q. The duo previously collaborated on "Brand New Guy" off LiveLoveA$AP and "Hands on the Wheel" on Schoolboy Q's excellent Habits & Contradictions.
In a recent Exclaim! interview, Rocky promised the joint project will be "trill as fuck," though he declined to clarify the tape's release date, calling it just "an idea, a good idea."
Rocky revealed another tidbit about his next project. Inspired by classic blaxploitation flick The Mack, he's working on a song titled after and inspired by John "Goldie" Mickens, The Mack's protagonist (seen in one of the clip below).
When Rocky was too young to call himself a pretty motherfucker, he says he idolized the blaxploitation icon played by Max Julien. "I used to want to be Goldie. I'm serious. When I was in third grade, I used to wear an afro and a lil bit of high waters, like some khakis on some '70s style".
However, his pimp hand was a lot weaker then, he admits, saying, "I used to keep my hands in my pockets, trying to mack the girls, but they wasn't trying to hear it at the time."
In addition the above works in progress, Rocky also expressed his desire to collaborate with Toronto jazz-rap freaks Badbadnotgood, who recently covered his breakthrough song "Peso" live at their hometown's Drake Hotel (see a video of the performance at the bottom of the page).
When asked about the cover, Rocky requested the band's contact. "Man, I want to meet those guys. Please. Those guys are dope."
Fingers crossed that future collaborations will sound more like the Roots on Jimmy Fallon than the Judgment Night soundtrack.
For more of Exclaim!'s recent interview with A$AP Rocky, head here.