A$AP Rocky officially has a hit on his hands. His “F***in’ Problems” single featuring Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and 2 Chainz has gone gold. According to Hip-Hop-N-More, the track has sold 591,000 copies. Currently sitting at No. 6 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, the track was co-produced by Drake and longtime collaborator Noah “40” Shebib. Aside from those featured on “Fuckin’ Problems, the lyrics were also co-written by Sean Garrett, and is the second single off the Harlem native’s Long.Live.A$AP release. With a gold record on the books, and an album slated for release in less than two weeks, A$AP has a lot on his plate but refuses to go the same route as other rapper, by releasing a clothing line. “I might collab with designers, but that sh-t corny,” he told us, of rapper lines. Last year GQ spotlighted the 25-year-old for his fashion choices, but don’t expect him to use the praise as a money-making tactic. “When rappers be doing that clothing line sh-t, that sh-t be corny man. That’s a slow reality show. Ya know how reality shows was ni—as up? I feel that clothing line sh-t is just a slower reality show.”
Long.Live.A$AP drops Jan. 15.
Though Snoop Dogg‘s – or Snoop Lion’s – last project was a collaborative effort with Wiz Khalifa, the West Coast veteran doesn’t intend to have many features on his upcoming twelfth album, Reincarnated. ”"I really didn’t want to have too many featured people on my next couple of projects,” said Snoop in an interview with GQ. ”Because if I’m doing an interview with you and you say, ‘Hey, Snoop, you’re working on your next album. Well, who’s on it?’ That’s always the first question. Who the fuck you think is on it? Me, motherfucker!“
During the interview, Snoop headed over to a medicinal marijuana dispensary, and he discussed teaching his children about his favorite vice. “It’s not that I would ever push weed on our kids,” explained Snoop, who has three children, and is famously fond of weed. “[B]ut if they wanted to, I would love to show them how, the right way, so that way they won’t get nothing put in their shit or overdose or trying some shit that ain’t clean.” Snoop even added that he was thinking of having the discussion with the peewee football team he coaches. “Believe it or not, they need to know.”
Hey, Rick Ross, your album God Forgives, I Don’t was massive; your label, Maybach Music Group, blew up—was 2012 a huge year for you? ”It’s been a power-player year.” And how about being named the tenth-most-powerful man in hip-hop by The Source? ”I’m the typa dude who feels like he could take number two next year.” But why not number one this year? “The moves I make, I ain’t never in no rush.” Any advice for readers? “One, for Christmas go get yourself an MMG tattoo. Two, let’s all stop smoking blunts; let’s smoke out of papers.”Anything else? “Ladies, you all should just love me. Let’s all have a beautiful year, let’s get this money.” Okay, sounds good!