Moments following a characteristically electric performance at an after-party here in Park City, ASAP Rocky settled in to talk to Playboy. The venue was a sauna located at the back of the Acura tent. It’s an unusual place to conduct an interview for anyone, but Rocky seemed unfazed by it all. Numbed. Born and raised in Harlem, the burgeoning rapper has decided to try his hand in acting, playing a local drug dealer in Dope, which was quickly snatched up for distribution by Open Road Films after receiving adoration from critics and public alike during this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Before answering our Lucky 7, Rocky, wide-eyed and unabashedly honest, suggested we toke up, perhaps to quell the pain over the recent death of one of his friends. “He just passed last week,” Rocky said, still wrestling with it, the memories of the funeral still raw. “I thought we owned the night. But it’s cool. Whatever.”
What was your first exposure to Playboy?
My older brother. Do you mean the first time I fucked a Playboy Bunny? Or my first time seeing it? [Laughs.] All right. My first time seeing it, I probably was like seven when I found out what Playboy was. I was really young. My older brother, he had a couple of the magazines hidden in the drawers, and we used to share a room, so eventually I would find shit. It always looked weird to me. Yeah, I was exposed to a lot too early. I would say I just dib and dab here and there with the Bunnies.
What movie scared you the most when you were a kid?
Either Chucky or Leprechaun. Mm-hmm. Well, know what? There were a few, because I was really scared of the Candyman. You ever heard of that? He was a ghetto. He’s from Chicago, man, and he has a hook in his hand. And you try to look in the mirror and say “Candyman, Candyman, Candyman” — he was big in the ‘90s. It’s a dope film. It scared the shit out of me. Because it was some ghetto shit, so I could relate, you know?
If you ended up on death row, what would your last meal be?
I’m a pescatarian, so I stay away from a lot. I eat fish and shit. I don’t even have a favorite meal. Weed’s my favorite meal.
What was your first car?
My first — it was a Mercedes CLS. 2008. No, 2009. This chick that I was dating, this older chick, she helped get it. Yeah, I was a playboy since back then, man. I might fuck around and be the biggest playboy. I haven’t been in the Mansion, unfortunately. But a lot of those chicks have been in my purple palace. That’s what my spot is called. There’s a West Coast one, there’s an East Coast one.
What was the first song you knew all the words to?
Rakim, “Know the Ledge.”
Do you have a pop culture blind spot? You know what? I haven’t released my music yet, to let people know what I currently sound like. No, but I listen to a lot of Tribe shit, but not every album. I’m one of those cats, man, like I’ve got my selected songs that I like from each different band or record, album. I fuck with that. I hate to say it, but I fall into the whole playlist makers and shit.
What was your favorite mistake?
My favorite mistake is probably living recklessly, not giving a fuck. That’s my favorite mistake. Fuck it.
Founder of Movie Mezzanine, Sam Fragoso is a San Francisco-based journalist whose work has appeared in Interview Magazine, The Daily Beast, Forbes, RogerEbert.com and The Week. You can follow him on Twitter @SamFragoso.