Singled Out: "A$AP [Rocky] Is Actually From New York But He's Rappin' As If He's A Texas Artist"

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 3:25PM

Written by J. Bachelor

[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the record. After Atlanta artist Roscoe Dash explains why his parties always lead to a "Good Good Night", Texas rapper Spark Dawg tells us why he chose to address one of Harlem's up-and-coming spitters.]

"Open Letter to A$AP Rocky" is really just my way of reachin' out and showin' love to another up-and-coming artist that I can see is hungry.

I think it only makes sense for a cat like myself, being from Texas, to jump on a record like that. A$AP Rocky is actually from New York but he's rappin' as if he's a Texas artist, in my opinion. And that's his way of showin' love you know what I mean? That's how I took it.

There's alotta people that might look at what he's doing as disrespectful, or as if a New York artist is stealin' swag ... but I'm definitely not one of those type of dudes. I see his style as more of a salute. Like, who else but me? The Lone Star Kid.

So for my track, I basically combined both of his records, "Purple Swag" and "Peso" and freestyled over them both, then combined them into one continuous song and called it "Open Letter to A$AP Rocky."

Like, I never been a hater. That's one thing in rap, alotta rappers can't give it up for another rapper because everybody wants to be the best. Which is good to want to be the best, that's what makes the game as good as it can be. But at the same time, it's very rare that you see somebody salute and show love to a guy they don't know personally just on the strength of you feeling their music.

So how could I not like it? We grew up rappin' the way he's rappin' in that song. I don't see it as stealin' swag, I see it as spreadin' swag.

Spark Dawg is a rapper from Killeen, Texas. Associated with the area's Green City crew, Spark has worked with several southern acts, including Dorrough, Lil' Scrappy and Scarface. In addition, Spark has collaborated with members of the Young Money imprint, as well as Paul Wall and Killer Mike. His latest mixtape, F.D.S. (F*ck David Stern) is set to be released soon.

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