Kevin Pires: One of the cool things about your generation of rappers is that you're pretty different from those that came before you. What do you think it means to be a rapper these days?
A$AP Nast: Being a rapper is just being who you are. It's not who I woke up and said I wanted to be. The main thing about rapping is having a story to tell. My favorite MCs are really lyricists that have something to say. It's about listening to the next man's story, and taking from it what you will. Knowing what this guy says on his rap, and what his story is, may help you with your own life and have it play out the way you want it to.
What do you think makes your generation different?
You say my generation, but I don't know. I'm cool with this generation of music, but music is just sound to my ears. You either like it, or you don't. Who can't make a rap these days? Everyone's hopping out the woodwork like, "Yo I'm a rapper." It's disrespectful almost because you don't acknowledge the greats and the pioneers and the people who've paved the way for you to be an MC today. Hip hop has changed. I don't want to say whether it's for the better or worse. But it has changed. I can accept both sides though. I love the golden era, and the boom bap era of hip hop. That's what made me pick up a pen and that's what made me want to get to the nearest studio and lay down my raps and my story. I can also appreciate the new generation and their music. It's feel good stuff. It's stuff that makes you want to dance. You dab and you get your 1, 2 on. Some of it’s really cool to hear out in the club, or when you’re with your friends. Sometimes these songs can really help you out, they can brighten up your moment. You feel better just from hearing your favorite Migos song, or your favorite Lil Yachty record. It's all music to me.
“When I make music I know my brothers are going to genuinely like it. That's who I'm doing it for.”
“You don't get a selfie with a man while he's buying his under-wear.”