‘Rap Radar’ Ep. 9: A$AP Twelvyy Talks ’12′ Debut and Hoodie Rap
Fresh off the release of his solo debut 12, A$AP Twelvyy held his own on episode nine of the Rap Radar podcast. During the hour-long sit-down, the Bronx spitter spoke about his A$AP Mob brothers, including late founder A$AP Yams, and finally embracing his talents on the mic.
“Long live A$AP Yams,” Twelvyy says. ”He said I was the evolution of hoodie rap and being that September, October is right around the way, my ‘tape is really gonna make a staple for the city. It’s gon’ bring with their hoodies on and bring their headphones back.”
What exactly is hoodie rap, you ask? “It sound like lo-fi, raw, passion, aggression,” he explains. “You can tell a cat ain’t got no food in his stomach. Like my tape, I had no food in my stomach. I was just spittin’. I still go to the studio with that same hunger. I be starving. You can’t be too comfortable.”
The hustler’s mentality also fueled Twelvyy’s breakout hit “L.Y.B.B. (Resolution),” an acronym for “Last Year Being Broke.” Speaking on the song’s inspiration, he says, “How am I going to empower myself to buy myself a house, buy my mother a house? And I’m still on that mission every day I’m up. Like how am I gonna make this power move? It’s L.Y.B.B. every day and every year until it’s F.Y.B.R. That’s first year being rich, then forever being wealthy and that’s a mind state.”
Twelvyy also reflects on selling mixtapes and working at Best Buy before launching his rap career, running his own clothing line, meeting Yams on the Internet, fanboying for Stack Bundles, Puff Daddy listening to the A$AP Mob cut “Xscape” in Times Square and standing out while moving as a Mob. “I learned to be unselfish at an early age,” he says, “So it’s nothin’ for me to stand back and let my brother shine.”
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