News: A$AP Rocky Can't Butt Out Of Rihanna Hype: "The Fact That I'm Handsome Helped"
Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 11:05AM
Over three months since his squeeze on pop singer Rihanna's lower back area, New York rapper A$AP Rocky continues to find himself getting pounded with questions on his now-infamous televised moment.
Outside of offering his latest rundown of the incident, Rocky detailed why he felt RiRi wanted to collaborate and bring him along for an upcoming tour.
"Did you squeeze her butt?" Sway questioned still, in shock over such a bold move. "I believe so," Rocky answered honestly before trying to describe what it actually felt like to get that close to the global pop icon. "It felt like a butt, like a soft female's butt. ... She has a lot of style, and I think that's what she saw in me and what she liked, because she saw that I was eclectic with the way I did my music and my style was different. I really think it was more she admired me as an artist -- and the fact that I'm handsome helped." (MTV)
Last month, Rocky addressed his squeeze on RiRi's backside at the September Video Music Awards ceremony.
"I didn't mean for the ass grab to be the thing. I don't fiend for fake publicity sh*t. I'm just a trill n*gga. [Laughs.] Rihanna is what I want to be, as far as having a big core following. She's very successful. She's been doing it for years. Think about it. "Pon de Replay".... So '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12.... She's got seven years in this sh*t. Shout-outs to that young lady, and hopefully, with the grace of God, seven years from now, I can say the same." (Complex)
Back in September, he also touched up on the butt-squeezing moment.
A$AP recently opened the VMA Awards along with Rihanna, for his guest verse on Ri-Ri's "Cockiness (Love It)." He shocked the crowd when he openly squeezed the pop star's butt on stage. It was one of the more memorable moments of the night. "It really wasn't no idea," he told CBS Local. "It just happened." He said there was no major blowback from it and he downplayed the notion that it was a "moment" at all. '"I thought it was just one of those moments," he said. "I didn't know everyone was really talking about it." (CBS Local)
Rocky's booking agent Peter Schwartz recently talked to SOHH about A$AP getting an opportunity to tour with RiRi starting next March.
"I just think it's a great tour for him," Schwartz told SOHH, referring to A$AP Rocky. "He's a real hard worker and I think he's done a good job of supporting artists at the right time and we've been developing his headline touring. He just finished a 47-tour where he sold out most of his shows with a two and three thousand capacity. First he supported Drake, then he headlined and now he'll support Rihanna and I'm sure he'll follow that up with another big tour after. So it's really a big piece of the puzzle and go with the timing of his upcoming new album. I think it should get him in front of new [fans]." (SOHH)
Check out some recent A$AP Rocky & Rihanna footage: