A$AP Rocky Talks Hip-Hop Representation at Grammys, Says Genre Has 'Transcended & Grown Bigger Than Pop'

A$AP Rocky spoke with Billboard’s Tetris Kelly on the red carpet at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday (Feb. 9), chatting about fashion, hip-hop representation at this year’s Grammys and what he wants his legacy as an artist to be.

Asked how he decides what to wear for big events such as the Clive Davis party, A$AP tells Billboard that he sees fashion as a statement. “It has to reflect on how you feel that day,” he shares. “If you feel gloomy and sad, you might wear something rugged. If you feel nice and there's a lot of sunshine in your life, you might wear this [light pink suit].”

The rapper was also asked to weigh in on the representation of hip-hop at this year’s Grammys, to which he responds that he has mixed feelings. “I’m glad that hip-hop is actually getting the credit it deserves and a lot of the hip-hop artists are being nominated for a lot of awards because hip-hop has now transcended and grown bigger than pop and now we are the pop genre. We’re bigger than that. We sell more records and everything. We're more popular.”

A$AP adds, however, that he is disappointed that he has yet to win a Grammy for any of his video direction, explaining, “I direct all my videos, and it's not fair when my videos are so eclectic, they're so futuristic, and most of the time conceptual to the point where it takes a lot of intel and intellect to kinda grasp what I mean. But most people get it. For those who do, I love you.”

Finally, A$AP is posed with the question of what he wants his legacy to be. “I just want my legacy for me to remembered as an innovator and just for people to know, I put my blood, sweat, and tears into anything I do,” he replies. “I take a lot of pride in it.”

You can watch the full video interview with A$AP Rocky above, and be sure to tune in to the Billboard Grammy pre-show, streaming live on Twitter on Sunday (Feb. 10) at 5:30 pm ET/2:30 pm PT.

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