Rocky, your breakthrough as a rapper came in 2011. Since then, you’ve also made a name for yourself as a designer, model, head of a record label and actor. The A$AP collective, of which you are a member, has become a sort of creative agency, producing music, fashion and films. Did you always want to have your fingers in so many pies?
I’m from Harlem, man. So by nature I like to go beyond the norm, try different things out, satisfy my curiosity. I know that I have a lot of talents. So why shouldn’t I try to live them all out?
Did the area you grew up in really play such an important role in shaping these aspects of your personality?
Without a doubt. Back in the States, my New York neighbourhood has always been known as “Harlem World”. It’s like a microcosm. It has its own distinct energy, one that for generations has inspired musicians, poets and writers. I’ve always been aware of this legacy. So, yes, my origins have had a huge influence on me. But OK, I was never going to be someone who just did one thing.