You were really good in “Dope.” Is it true you approached the director, Rick Famuyiwa, about being in the film?
A$AP Rocky: Yeah. I was helping Chanel with her lines, and there was one role where I was like, “Oh, this dumb kid, he seems a little interesting. I want to go for it.” I was actually in London recording my album, and I figured I’d just send a video in. So I sent two videos, and they liked them. And two months later, when I flew to L.A., I met up with Rick and did an audition in front of him, and he just decided to go with me. To be honest with you, I was worried that I didn’t get the role. I was pissed.
People have compared you to Tupac.
A$AP Rocky: I think that’s not a fair comparison. Those shoes are way too big to try to fill. I’m nothing like Pac. Nobody is, you know? It would be an honor to be influential and to be as revolutionary and universal as he was, to have that kind of impact with a genre like hip-hop. Which is, at this point — don’t even get me started with hip-hop.
Full interview: NY Times
“Dope” premiered at the Sundance Movie festival this past weekend, we will provide updates on the release to the general public. I never heard of comparisons to Tupac, I don’t think any artist should be compared to him.