Over this past summer, New York’s rapper A$AP Rocky set the streets and Interweb on fire with the released of his singles “Purple Swag” and “Peso,” which gathered millions of views online. His Interweb buzz led him to signing a $3 million deal with Pologrounds/RCA Records. Billboard caught with the Harlem native to talk about his mixtape, record deal and future projects. Below are some excerpts:
On his new mixtape Long Live A$AP.
“My mixtape is better than a lot of people’s albums.“
On the $3 million deal, which is between Polo Grounds/RCA and A$AP’s company, A$AP Worldwide.
“I don’t have a $3 million dollar balance in my account but the record deal was $3 million though,” said A$AP. “I got a deal with RCA/Polo Grounds for A$AP Worldwide and I got a deal with them for my solo project, my solo deal; if you combine both deals it amounts to a three million dollar deal.”
On his upcoming compilation mixtape and future projects.
Last week, the Harlem native released his mixtape Long Live A$AP, which will feature his newly signed A$AP Worldwide artists A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, A$AP Twelvyy and SpaceGhostPurrp. Before dropping his yet-to-be-titled debut set, A$AP plans to release a deluxe edition of his current mixtape that will be marketed and sold commercially similar to Drake’s So Far Gone. After all, A$AP says, “My mixtape is a classic. It’s only right to put it out at retail.”
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