I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity for a 1-on-1 with one of hip-hop’s biggest stars – A$AP Rocky. We met at a private listening party for A$AP Mob’s latest album Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends. When Rocky arrived he walked up and shook everyone’s hand, displaying just how personable of a star he is. I then sat down for our interview and before I said anything he engaged me first, asking me how I was doing. It was a refreshing change from the normal interview routine, as I could tell Rocky really makes an effort to make others feel comfortable around him.
I had prepared questions ahead of the interview but found myself just having a discussion with him and before I knew it, the interview was ending and we barely touched on any of the planned questions. Not to say I didn’t enjoy the interview or that it wasn’t good, I’d say quite the opposite. We discussed topics like his thoughts on the newest crop of rappers, his creative work with MTV and his hectic lifestyle. He even slipped up and told me that he had two albums in the works, effectively allowing me to break the previously unreported news on HYPEBEAST.
After our conversation we did a photo shoot in the recording studio. I’d shoot a couple photos and he’d ask to see them. Then he’d change the outfit up a little bit and we’d shoot some more. It was great that he seemed to really care about the shoot and he was down to try some different looks. I compiled everything I had for the story and I was eager to see it go live on HYPEBEAST. It premiered as a feature story that would go on to receive more than 2.2k Facebook shares. It even got positive feedback in the comments section, a rarity on HYPEBEAST!