A$ap Rocky for Esquire Magazine

A$AP Rocky recently sat with Esquire for an interview that explores much more than his status as a hip-hop don and style god, diving into his adolescence and life living in New York homeless shelters.

Rocky gets candid about several topics, ranging from what it was like tripping on hallucinogenic with Skepta to getting into street fights in London and New York. Elsewhere, Rocky talks sex and his experience with orgies. The gamut of topics makes for a great read and offers an insight into the brilliant mind of Pretty Flacko.

Read the full piece here and check out some of the best excerpts from the interview below.

On the $100,000 bed he designed for himself

“I was going to sell ’em, too, but it cost like 60, 80 grands for the prototype, so you know the bed’s going to be 100. How many people want to buy a luxury car for a bed. [It’s] fucking gigantic. But I need it because I have a lot of orgies at my house with some very close female companions.”

On said orgies

“Yeah man, lot of orgies. I’ve photographed and documented many of them. The women that I’m around are into that free-spirited shit like me. Usually guys are insecure with working, successful women, they can’t handle it when it’s on the other foot, you know? So they get with a guy like me — they know I don’t want to break their hearts or nothing. And why not? Let’s smoke some good weed in the teepee and have a fun time! Heh heh!

“My first orgy was when I was in seventh grade. Thirteen years old. Yeah, I was at Booker T. Washington [High School] in New York City. My dad had went to jail for drugs, so my mom moved us to a homeless shelter on 104th and Broadway. Our school was like three blocks away, and they used to let us out for lunch, for 45 minutes. The first time was in this apartment building. We took the elevator to the roof, and everybody put their coats on the ground. There were like five girls and 10 guys, and we all just took turns.”

On what he pays for clothes

“I’m not dependent on music or fashion or acting, they all come together. I’m not one of those rappers who gets money and fucks it up. All my money goes to developing some kind of product or invention, or it’s for music or film. Look at me, I’m not frivolous. I don’t buy clothes. I get them at my favorite price: free 99.”

On losing loved ones

“It’s hard when you’re famous because you don’t get to deal with it the same way. You don’t get to mourn, you just keep moving and pushing.”

On race and LSD

“Growing up, I felt like white people were threatened by my kind, and sometimes black people didn’t understand me, either. So I seen both sides. But when I took LSD, both of those worlds went like this.” He interlaces his fingers and points to his heart. “It’s right here, bruh. I wasn’t mad at people for prejudging me anymore, black or white. It’s just us. As a minority, it helped me feel more like a human being.”

On tripping with Skepta

“Dude, we were blasted! Like tripping balls. I remember we had this strobe light that Dexter [Navy, his Awgie director] brought — he was there, he can tell you — and I had these jelly beans in my hand, but I was so high, they were like Jack and the Beanstalk, glowy and magical. So I was like, ‘Skep! Skep!’ And he comes running like it’s an emergency. And I open up my hand and go, ‘Skeppy, they’re changing color!’”


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