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If your not familiar with Harlem’s own A$AP Rocky, now may be the time to get aquainted. His mixtape LiveLoveA$ap drops October 31st and Sony/RCA already signed the rapper to a $3 million deal ($1.7 million for his solo output and $1.3 million to fund a group label called A$AP Worldwide). That’s $1 million more than the amount rapper Drake received as an advance when he signed to the Young Money camp. In a recent interview A$AP breaks down exactly what is expected of him.

When asked why he gravitated to a major label instead of an indie situation he said:

“About three million dollars. [Other rappers who don’t sign] are smart, but I feel like Sony/RCA is a family and the people there actually care about me. When I came to meet [Polo Grounds Music founder] Bryan Leach, I got to know him on a personal level– he would set up car service for me to go to other labels. He wanted to see me make it. He’s from Harlem.

I’m going to have creative control; there’s no bullshit. The situation is almost unrealistic. I mean, five months ago I had about $3,000 in my bank account. Now I’m worth $3 million. Nobody’s gotten a deal like that since 50 Cent.”

Check out the video below and you read the full interview on Pitchfork.



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