The past few weeks have been tough for Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky and his hip-hop collective the A$AP Mob. On January 18, the group’s founder/mastermind A$AP Yams, 26, unexpectedly passed away. Billboard caught up with Rocky while he was promoting his new film DOPE at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Rocky, who appeared to be in good spirits on stage, told Billboard he was struggling to keep it together. “That performance — that was just going to stop me from crying,” Rocky said. To get the full interview, head over to Billboard.
2015 is turning out to be a great year for Kid Cudi already. Not only is he working on the third installment of his Man On The Moon trilogy, but he’s also the new face of the Coach brand campaign. The Ohio rapper is also expanding his acting chops by landing a role as a homosexual character for Josh Mond’s new film James White. Talk about pushing boundaries. [HypeTrak]
On the heels of Kanye’s “Only One” collaboration with Paul McCartney and their appearance on Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds,” it’s becoming more apparent that Ye and Paul have something deeper going on. According to Kanye’s barber Ibn Jasper, Sir Paul McCartney is actually executive producing Kanye’s new album. [Idolator]
After Troy Ave took and revamped his song “All About The Money,” Brooklyn rapper Manolo Rose quickly recovered by dropping another hit, “Run Ricky Run.” Manolo hit a small touring circuit around New York City, and finally released the music video for the Boyz In The Hood-inspired anthem. Check it out below.
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