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After Lana Del Rey’s much-talked about video for “National Anthem” hit yesterday, starring Harlem’s A$AP Rocky, VICE got in touch with the young emcee to discuss his role in the JFK-inspired visual. During the conversation, Rocky spoke on his working relationship with Lana, including their collaborative track, now titled “My Bitch,” that also hit the internet yesterday. Check out an excerpt from the sit-down below and then head here to read the piece in its entirety.
Noisey: Rocky, are you okay?
A$AP: Yo Andy!
So this video is like “a whole ‘nutha level” of “WTF.”
You fuck with it? You like it?
I love it, yeah. I think you make a great JFK. How did it come about?
Lana wrote the treatment with me in mind. She wanted me to be the lead guy. Shit is like, everybody knows we got a thing for each other and we wanted to show that on screen. She’s a genius like…. nigga look at this bitch, I wanna fuck the shit outta her. Look at her she’s gotta be in her late 30s and shit… Err, Hello?
Haha. You’re not talking about Lana Del Rey there I take it…
Hahahaha nah, nah, nah. Nah, I was caught in the moment man; you know me Andy, cut it out man.
Yeah I was like, “Wow, this is very forward of him.”
Nah she wanted me to be the main guy and she wrote the treatment herself and came up with all the ideas. She came you with all that shit herself. And this guy Andy, nah, Anthony, what’s this nigga’s name…. Anthony Mandler shot it with some old cameras and shit to get the 1960s look and they had a set of extras. They had so many extras there, Interscope paid so much fucking money for this video that it’s not even true.
I tell you man, on set, I never did any kind of shit like this before with this much people involved and nothing like that so when I came on set with everybody dressed like they in the 60s and shit I really thought I was in the 60s. I’m serious. All joking aside – it was so realistic, I’m like DAMN.
Source: Rap Radar