In the cover story, the Harlem rap star talked about a wide range of topics, including his ex-girlfriend, Iggy Azalea.
When asked how he felt about Iggy being viewed as not being very “authentic,” he said: “That is unfortunate because nobody wants to be portrayed that way. I’m quite sure she doesn’t. I think she works hard like the rest of us. Silly or not, 300 million people like to watch it on YouTube, so who the f*ck are we to say anything?
“It comes with the game,” Rocky continued, in regarding to her criticism. “If she fake on something, somebody is going to call her bluff. That’s life. I’m not looking at it from a standpoint of ‘I used to be boning this chick’s back out.’ I’m looking at it [as] ‘She’s just a person.’ You can’t bluff. You gotta just be 100. That’s all I could really say. The question is: Was she not being 100 about something?”
Elsewhere in the interview, the rapper addresses his diss toward clothing brands, Been trill and Hood By Air, on his single “Multiply.” He says he was upset the popular lines never acknowledged him, while crediting himself for both brands’ success.
“The people behind the brands didn’t acknowledge me as a pioneer because I didn’t sit down and create the name Hood by Air with Shayne [Oliver],” Rocky explained. “I’m taking full credit for that brand, for anyone knowing anything. Yes. I’m taking credit for that. I liked it when I was way younger. It had a little run here and there, but nobody ever really kicked it off. I knew Shayne on a personal note. I was like: ‘Yo, let’s bring this sh*t back.’ It took me years. Shayne’s stubborn. He’d give me a sweater one year, a T-shirt one year. It was like that. I have a lot of shit from back in the day, and I’d say after ‘Peso’—because we have Hood by Air in the ‘Peso’ video—by the time it hit 2012, 2013, he was ready. Because I was out there in the field. I just made that sh*t look jiggy.”
As far as Been Trill, he refused to really answer, saying: “Don’t even get me started because you know. People want me to answer questions they know the answer to. There’s nothing to talk about.”
Rocky didn’t talk much about the death of friend/A$AP Mob co-founder, A$AP Yams, but did say he wants to honor him on the day his new album drops. “I might drop acid for A$AP Yams. Let me honor his name,” he told Complex. I know you need your rock star moment. I know you need it!”