News: A$AP Rocky Thanks Drake Later, "I Learned How To Gain Confidence, Stage Presence [From Him]" [Video]
Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 11:01PM
Harlem rap newcomer A$AP Rocky recently opened up about picking up some lessons courtesy of Young Money star Drake after recently hitting the road with him on the "Club Paradise" tour.
Rocky credited Drizzy for helping him gain the confidence to rock an entire crowd.
"I learned how to, you know, like gain confidence, stage presence," Rocky revealed in an interview when asked what he has taken from touring alongside Drake. "Because honestly, before all of this, I honestly was partying with the crowd. It really wasn't me doing a show, it was actually me just performing. It's a difference because now I put on an actual show." (MTV's Buzzworthy)
Recently, Drake credited rolling alongside artists like Lil Wayne and Jay-Z for worldwide to helping his stage presence confidence.
Though the Young Money MC's set was a bit unpolished, it clearly showed promise. He's come a long way since then--going on several tours and performing in a number of award shows. "Being able to watch Wayne for the last couple of years, then going out with Jay to Europe, watching Trey [Songz] grow, watching just the people around me grow performance-wise, I've gotten better and more comfortable," Drake explained. "That's the key. You feeling comfortable so the room feels comfortable." (XXL Mag)
Outside of touring talk, Rocky recently called out some XXL Freshmen '12.
"I was on the list. I was touring and stuff. It just didn't work out, you know what I'm saying? I got love for everybody," Rocky said in an interview. "Personally, I'm gonna speak my mind. I think a lot of the motherf*ckers on the list are corny as f*ck. But um, shout out to Danny Brown. I think a few people on there are eligible for it, and I think they deserve to be on that cover." (FUSE)
He also reportedly got rejected from enterting a New York nightclub last week.
According to an eyewitness, the Harlem-born rapper arrived at the Chelsea hot spot around 2:45 a.m., about the same time as artists Wale and Meek Mill, who were meeting the "We Found Love" singer inside the club. R&B artist Omarion showed up to the door of the venue simultaneously. The source tells us each musician had a hefty entourage in tow, but had no trouble sliding past the velvet rope -- except for Rocky. Famed doorman Wass Stevens, now on crutches due to a motorcycle accident in January, let the other artists and their groups breeze into the club. But 23-year-old Rocky, considered by many to be a rising star in hip hop, was stuck outside with a group of "about eight, mostly dudes." The witness says the rapper "got really angry, and started yelling" at the injured doorman and actor, who kept his cool, but eventually called security to get the rapper to back down. (New York Daily News)
Check out A$AP Rock's interview below: