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Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky and his rapid rise from Internet sensation to major label player has been one of the biggest Hip-Hop stories of late. Although his unconventional sound nearly betrays his New York City roots, Rocky’s knowledge of the music goes deeper than homages to Texas Hip-Hop and culture. During an interview with  DJ Drama in Atlanta, the $3 million dollar Sony/RCA man shot down the DJ’s inquiry regarding rumors he turned down an invitation to grace the XXL Freshman 2012 cover.

“Nah, not even, I was busy,” said a mellow Rocky, flanked by his A$AP crewmembers laughing in the background. “I don’t know who they spoke to [but] I wouldn’t mind doing it.”

Glossing over the issue with laughter, A$AP did say he hopes to cover other publications in the future. Drama also saw fit to mention a female with her own growing buzz; Iggy Azalea. After the host asked if the pair were an item, Rocky moved past the question and declined to comment. Drama also dropped fellow Harlem rapper Azealia Banks’ name in the interview. Rocky spoke favorably of Banks, stating a possible future collaboration.

“She did what she did, we did what we did, that’s as far as it goes,” said Rocky. “We think she’s dope and I wouldn’t mind working with her. She got a big following out there.”

A$AP Rocky is currently on Drake’s Club Paradise tour and the Harlem rapper’s major label debut has yet to be announced.


Photo: RCA