A$AP Rocky gets deep on us on "Phoenix" off "Long.Live.A$AP." In a new interview he discusses his dark lyrics over a Danger Mouse beat.
A$AP Rocky, as he has previously said, considers himself an innovator in the rap game. Thus he takes risks when it comes to music, whether lyrically or production-wise. On his debut album, Long.Live.A$AP, he forays into many types of styles, even delving into dubstep. He also gets pretty dark on a record-- a prime example being "Phoenix."
MTV News spoke to Rocky about his thought process and suicidal thoughts on "Phoenix." Rocky says he considers the track "very personal."
On the record he spits about the death of Michael Jackson, as well as Curt Kobain. He says that sometimes his mind wanders to low places, but that happens to everyone. "Those are natural feelings that we all get sometimes. You hurt so bad and you're going through so much pain to the point where sometimes you don't even wanna live anymore," Rocky explained."That's how a lot of people think, whether we'd like to admit it or not and that's all I was showcasing. It was that emotion...suicidal kinda emotions."
The A$AP member also says that his lyrics are not meant to glorify anyone's death, "I'm not glorifying it at all," he said. "I'm just basically telling you that sometimes I have suicidal thoughts. And maybe I should seek help, or maybe it's not that deep."
His LP drops on January 15th.