A$AP Rocky has revealed how he got the part in forthcoming slacker comedy Dope, his views on race and stereotyping in modern America, and how he believes that you can be a rich anarchist, in a chat with i-D magazine. “When I was helping someone read the lines. I came across the Dom character and I said to myself, ‘I’ve got to try out for this guy, he seems kind of ill. Seems pretty “dope.”‘ One thing led to another and the next thing I knew, I was on set in character, handsome and shit” explains Rocky, adding that working with Pharrell and Puff Daddy, the film’s exec producers, was easy. “I think those guys, they have a vision that we can’t even comprehend. If you take all the stuff that Pharrell is doing alone, and you think about Despicable Me and all the soundtracks that he’s doing, I mean come on! Puff Daddy, that goes without saying, is the godfather of urban music, hands down.”
Discussing the film’s themes of race and prejudice, the rapper-turned-actor explains his own views on prejudice: “race doesn’t mean shit these days, especially for me. I’m a free spirit. I refuse to be marginalised, held back or limited because of colour” says Rocky, adding “I’m an anarchist man, I’m all about the people who don’t give a fuck about colours and all of that dumb shit.” Check out the full interview over on i-D‘s website.