A couple days ago we posted a bonus track off A$AP's upcoming album Long.Live.A$AP (Jan 15) that featured Florence + The Machine's Florence Welch. Sitting down with MTV, Rocky breaks down how the collaboration came about organically and shares his thoughts on working with artists in general.
That’s a girl song, it’s more of a moody sounding kinda song. We did it separately but I worked with Florence and the Machine so honestly man, it was just organic. I look at it like anybody can collab with each other but it has to be right. You can’t just force it. Where I’m at at this time, I could probably work with anybody I could request to or wish to. It’s not about that. It’s really about working with people who fit your criteria, not only that, but compatible to you in some type of way. Whether it’s their charisma, their technique, their style, anything. I look at all that before I work with somebody. That’s why I don’t just work with any artist.
Sometimes, you have to... I wanna say... settle and compromise cuz some artists are big in certain demographics and crowds and stuff and you gotta collab with that sometimes because it’s people who love you from that crowd. That’s why I did the song (“Yellow Tape”) with Fat Joe, French Montana and Lil Wayne. That was to support people who love that kinda music. I make that kinda music at times if you check my album. I don’t work with anybody just because they’re hot. I wanna work with people because I like their work, their art. That’s all that matters, the art and the culture. That’s it.