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A$AP Rocky Speaks On Being Named After & Meeting Rakim, Being Too Busy To Make The 2012 XXL Freshman Cover, His Buzz, Iggy Azalea & Harlem’s Azealia Banks

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DJ Drama caught up with A$AP Rocky and his crew while they were in Atlanta recently andBarack O’Drama had plenty of questions lined up for Pretty Flacko.

 

A$AP’s birth name is Rakim Mayers. He recently got a chance to meet the man he was named after, rapper Rakim.

 

“I don’t know if words can express it, I was just happy to be meeting him,” he said. “I knoew it would happen eventually someway, somehow. I was just happy it happened.”

 

Because of his style of music most people assume A$AP only listens to rappers from Houston. He said that’s not the case and cited rap and rock influences ranging from UGK to Red Hot Chili Peppers.

 

He also clarified a rumor that he had been asked to be on the 2012 XXL Freshman cover and passed.

 

“Nah, not even…I was busy,” A$AP explained. “I don’t know who they spoke to ’cause we was busy. I wouldn’t have minded doing it.”

 

Peep the rest of the interview below. A$AP goes on to talk about fellow Harlem rapper Azealia Banks and rumored girlfriend Iggy Azalea.

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