Interview: A$AP Twelvyy On A$AP Yams, Renting Luxury Cars & Why He's Staying Off The Internet
#DXCLUSIVE: "If Yams were here today, he would tell me, 'Twelvyy, cut your fucking hair! You buggin’ right now! You buggin’ B,'” the A$AP Mob general said.
Los Angeles, CA – “A$AP MOB, WHAT TIME IS IT?” was the recurring question of the evening at The Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles on Tuesday (October 24). The group pushed hard during its “AWGEST (August): Month of the Mob” campaign, kicking off the month-long takeover with A$AP Twelvyy’s 12 debut album, following it up with A$AP Ferg’s Still Striving and the crew-effort, Cozy Tapes Vol. 2. Those efforts have been rewarded with a sold-out 20-city tour.
With 12, Twelvyy aims to prove why he deserves the A$AP moniker in his name. Contrary to what many may think, Twelvyy is actually one of the founding members of the Mob and was handpicked by the late A$AP Yams himself.
Twelvyy’s “Hop Out” video currently sits at over 2 million views on YouTube — but to him, that’s nothing. He wants more. HipHopDX spoke with Twelvyy to discuss why his debut project took six years to be released, A$AP Yams, the pros and cons of social media, and more.
HipHopDX: For those who don’t know, who is A$AP Twelvyy?
Twelvyy: For those who don’t know, A$AP Twelvyy is Jamel and Jamel is A$AP Twelvyy. And that’s somewhere along the lines of jumping off the edge and climbing down. I’m on the fence about it. It’s all over.
DX: What’s your role in the Mob?
Twelvyy: My role in the Mob is to keep the Mob extremely militant. I’m like the general, or enforcer. Ya dig?
DX: How’s the fan reception been to 12?
Twelvyy: It’s been great. It’s been thumbs up. It’s been peace signs. It’s been hearts. It’s been all that. It’s been a flame emoji. It’s been a scientific emojis. It’s been knowledge itself — extreme enlightenment. It’s been a lot. And I see the world is changing. The world is getting very chaotic. So shoutout to everybody.
DX: Describe your relationship with A$AP Rocky.
Twelvyy: That’s my big bro. I admire his hustle. We come from the same place. We damn near twins, but