January 14, 2013


A$AP Rocky Discusses "Thoughts of Suicide," Relates to Kurt Cobain

Theo Wargo
Theo Wargo

Aside from the music, A$AP Rocky has stayed in headlines the past year for his raucous live shows, desire for sex with other musicians and unexpected musical collaborations. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, though, the charismatic rapper revealed a darker side to his personality, admitting an affinity with Kurt Cobain and discussing suicidal tendencies (the idea, not the band).

When asked if he identifies with the late Nirvana frontman, who A$AP name-drops twice on Long.Live.A$AP, the rapper responded"On 'Phoenix,' I talk about thoughts of suicide and my whole life," said the rapper. "It's called 'Phoenix' because it's talking about dying—but when a phoenix dies, it's reborn from its own ashes. I related to that."

It wasn't all doom-and-gloom, though, for the 24-year-old, who told RS that he loves going to shows featuring Long.Live.A$AP collaborator Skrillex ("It's like a rave every time") and the obvious inspiration for standout track "F-ckin' Problems" ("I f-cked a lot of bitches. I got a f-cking problem.")

In the most entertaining but least surprising news of the year, A$AP also discussed his and friend Rihanna's love of weed. "Rihanna is a pothead and so am I, so we're real cool. Weed is going to bring us together as a generation. Drugs is what created Woodstock. Let's be clear about that."

We are clear, sir: You like weed and raves.