ASAP Yams Explains The Influences Behind Eight ASAP Rocky Songs
ASAP Yams, ASAP Rocky’s longtime friend and collaborator, sits down with The New York Times to talk about working with Rocky and the hip-hop stars debut album Long.Live.A$AP. The article takes samples from the Harlem rappers songs as well as excerpts from their conversation with Yams in which he discusses the different influences which has helped Rocky in building his career. Check out the video as well as highlights from the article below.
“We needed an introspective record for his album that really lets you into his life,” Yams said of this song, which ends “Long.Live.ASAP” (not counting bonus tracks), and which he likened to “Blueprint (Momma Loves Me),” the closing song from Jay-Z’s album “The Blueprint.” “It kind of lets you into what Rocky’s gone through the past year and a half, and on top of that, growing up, his family.”
THE INFLUENCE Jay-Z, “Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)” (Roc-A-Fella, 2001)
“It was completely inspired by Master P,” Yams said of this dis record aimed at a former ASAP associate. “Master P was actually supposed to be on the hook originally. Master P inspired Rocky for that song as far as the flow. I wouldn’t say it sounds like P did like in ’97-’98; it would be more like something P would have done like in the ‘Ice Cream Man,’ ‘West Coast Bad Boyz’ time.” Yams also links “Jodye” to a long tradition of hip-hop feuds: “I think people misinterpret that record so much. That record is a classic move from a New York rapper: he took your style and dissed you with your own style and sounded better than you can, you feel me?”
THE INFLUENCE Master P, “Ice Cream Man” (No Limit, 1996)
“It wasn’t in my mind at the time, but afterwards all I could think about was ‘Life After Death,’” Yams said, referring to the second album by the Notorious B.I.G., the glossier follow-up to “Ready to Die.” That album, Yams said, sounded like a New York record: “When you hear it you can imagine New York streets. But on ‘Life After Death’ he went a whole other route, and that’s where it leads to ‘_______ Problems.’ We’re fully conscious that the people that first embraced [Rocky’s] sound wouldn’t warm up to it that easily. At the same time we’re not here to stay in one position with the same blueprint, 10 albums. We’re trying to take it a step further with every album.”
THE INFLUENCE The Notorious B.I.G., “Life After Death” (Bad Boy, 1997)
Check out the full article on the New York Times website.