A$AP Rocky, fresh off a #1 album and a critically-acclaimed film, takes over our Summer cover
A$AP Rocky is the cover star for The Source‘s 2015 Summer Issue, following a roller-coaster first 6 months of the year. The Harlem native’s sophomore album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, eclipsing his #1 debut album’s first-week sales mark to boot. Despite the absence of typical, radio-ready records like “F*ckin’ Problems” and “Wild For The Night,” Rocky’s all-encompassing approach to his 2nd LP brought out several new facets of the emcee that we’d never been treated to, on songs like “L$D” and “Holy Ghost.”
In 2015, it wasn’t just the music world Rocky excelled in. Rick Famuyiwa and Forest Whitaker‘s critically-acclaimed Hip-Hop film Dope, which claimed the hearts of thousands at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is the summer’s indie darling, and claimed a Top 5 spot at its opening weekend box office with over $6 million in domestic sales. Rocky, who grew up on classic Hip-Hop films like Juice and Menace II Society, jumped at the opportunity to be in the movie, and sent in his audition after meeting Famuyiwa in New York. Rocky plays Dom, a rugged, but charming drug dealer that entrusts a nerd he’s only known for a short time with his fate. It was almost tailor-made for A$AP. The “Jukebox Joints” rapper talks with us about life after Yams, how he ended up acting on Dope, and a slew of other topics. In celebration of this summer being a huge one for the intersection where Hip-Hop meets Hollywood, we talk to the major players of the forthcoming N.W.A. movie, Straight Outta Compton, about recapturing the magic, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and more brought us 27 years ago. Also, Mike Epps and Nick Cannon make their return to national television, and the nation’s favorite Hip-Hop drama, Empire, will try to best its record-breaking first season.
In addition to Rocky, we’re joined by one of the biggest names in Hollywood, the incomparable Ava DuVernay, who was rumored to be directing Marvel’s Black Panther movie, talks how her life has changed after Selma, and what her vision is for the next few projects she plans to undertake. Today’s the NBA Draft, and there’s no telling what exactly will happen, but our sports writers try their best to determine which 5 prospects will make the biggest impacts. Not only that, but now that the fight’s over, how does Floyd Mayweather match-up with the greatest fighters of all-time? We also talk to Power star Naturi Naughton, Kelly Rowland and Faith Evans about how they’re dealing with such important moments in their careers, and chat with some of today’s hottest young talent in music, including Casey Veggies and Boogie.
Grab your Summer Issue, featuring cover star A$AP Rocky, on newsstands Tuesday.
*The cover and feature were photographed by Sam Norval (@nyfotosam) and styled by Kathryn Typaldos (@kattypaldos) and Stephanie Singer (@singerblinger).