New York City has followed in the footsteps of Los Angeles, returning to prominence. The resurgence of Los Angeles had a lot to do with the efforts of Kendrick Lamar, as the resurgence of New York City has had a lot to do with the efforts of A$AP Rocky. A leader of his own crew, the A$AP Mob, A$AP Rocky’s universal style has made him a fan favorite in this new age of hip hop music.
One thing has been made clear by the newer rap stars, regional rap wars are over. Just the overall style of A$AP Rocky proves it does not matter where a person is from, only where they are. During his visit to New Jersey, for the Bamboozle festival, A$AP Rocky spoke with Fuse about a number of topics. A$AP Rocky ended up discussing two people close to him, Kendrick Lamar, and fellow Harlemite, Azealia Banks.
When he mentioned Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky revealed the Top Dawg/Aftermath emcee was his favorite rapper. Kendrick Lamar has been a light in this new hip hop scene, working with many newcomers, helping them establish themselves, while returning legendary figures, such as Dr. Dre, to the game. Though Kendrick Lamar is a West Coast emcee, he has been a big help to A$AP Rocky, as he is still establishing himself in the game. Their relationship alone proves the pleas for hip hop unity nearly two decades ago were not in vain.
Kendrick Lamar may be a beacon of unity, but A$AP Rocky’s fellow Harlem rapper, Azealia Banks, has been the exact opposite, as she is taking on everyone. She rose to fame, earlier this year, from dissing Iggy Azalea, saying she stole her name and her style. T.I. commented on the feud between the ladies, which led to Azealia Banks starting a feud with him, also. While T.I. did not give Banks a response, Lil’ Kim, who ironically has been trading barbs with Nicki Minaj, said Azealia Banks only dissed her to bring attention to herself and that she would not be responding.
A$AP Rocky also discussed Azealia Banks, saying he likes her for what she his worth. But, A$AP Rocky also said he was unimpressed with her dissing veterans, Lil’ Kim and T.I. Speaking on her beefs, A$AP Rocky said she needs to chill out and stop being disrespectful to the “O.G.s” in the game. Despite her faults, A$AP Rocky went on to say she is “the homegirl” and that he will talk to her. A$AP Rocky feels if she stays out of trouble, she can have longevity in the game.