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A$AP Rocky talks new song, album, Rihanna’s upcoming Super Bowl performance and more


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A$AP Rocky released a new single, “Same Problems,” Wednesday. The song is a dedication to hip-hop’s fallen soldiers, one he wrote when he was feeling remorseful about the role his music may play in the deaths of the genre’s artists. 

“I think I was feeling plight. I think I was also feeling a sense of guilt, because every time we lose somebody in our community, we all, especially me, have a habit of just saying things like, ‘It’s messed up. It’s wrong. Why do these kind of things happen?’ … I never took time out to really understand that I was part of the problem because I was contributing those kind of lyrics and whatnot to songs.”

“I just kind of wanted to express myself and tell how I felt without preaching,” he continued. “And I think we can all relate. We all got the same problems.”

“Same Problems” will appear on Rocky’s new album, Don’t Be Dumb, which he confirms is complete. “We just putting the finishing touches on it. It’s coming for sure,” he said. “The new stuff is me being vulnerable, and it’s just no filter, and just where I’m at, at my stage. My age and how I see things, my peers, the younger kids, the older cats, it’s just my perspective.”

Rocky’s girlfriend, Rihanna, has also been keeping busy. She’s performing at the Super Bowl next month and Rocky says he’s “more excited than everybody else.” 

“This is incredible. I’m so glad that my lady’s back making music again and whatnot, and getting back out there,” he said. “It’s just incredible. Especially for both of us, it is a good year for both of us to be more active and be out there … she [is] going to bring it.”


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