Famous Entrepreneur Quotes
A$ap Rocky’s Quotes
“I didn’t let the negativity hold me back, that’s what’s holding you all back, negativity.”
“I don’t think confidence is something that you could buy. It’s something that’s embedded in you, and some people gain it with success, that’s just like the icing on the cake but a poor man with confidence is unstoppable, almost invincible.”
“I want to make money, I’m not going to lie. But I would prefer to do it the right way, by making and producing art that I feel is the best I could do.”
A$ap Rocky’s Top 10 Entrepreneurship Rules For Business and Success
He’s an American rapper, record producer, director, actor, and model. He’s a member of the hip-hop group, A$AP Mob. In 2011, he released his debut mix tape and signed a 2-year, $3 million record deal with RCA. He’s A$AP Rocky, and here’s my take on his top 10 rules for success.
Rule #1: Be You
And you know, not to get into my hip-hop form, but that’s just what it is, okay? And I’m tryna set the bar that you can do the f*** you want to do, because the world is yours. Disregard the ladies walking past. I’m just playing ladies. You can do whatever you want. The world is yours. And I’m telling the young cats of our generation, don’t discriminate against anybody because we’re all one generation, and that’s some important s***, yo.
I mean who would’ve thought a ghetto kid with gold teeth and french braids from the ‘hood would be in Vogue and GQ in the same month, at the same time, about the same s***? Who would’ve ever thought Interview magazine would have did a eight page spread? Who would’ve ever thought Complex magazine a cover with a gay designer, Jeremy Scott, which was a idol of mine because I admired his fashion and I admired his art since late-teen.
Who would’ve thought I would have did that? You know why? Because I didn’t let the negativity hold me back, that’s what’s holding you all back, negativity. Straight up. Don’t give a f*** what nobody say, do what feels right to you, you know who you are. Do you. Know who you are and be you, and I’m me and I’m happy being me. I feel good to be me right now, man. Straight up.
Rule #2: Be Confident
Interviewer: The question was when you sort of first knew that you had that moment, that confidence when you felt it.
When I was poor, man, you know? It’s just like, I don’t think confidence is something that you could buy. It’s something that’s embedded in you, and some people gain it with success, that’s just like the icing on the cake but a poor man with confidence is unstoppable, almost invincible.
Rule #3: Love Life
It made me take pictures more and I don’t take anybody for granted, and I got so much, I got so much love for everybody, man. When you get in this industry, you got dudes that want to be something that they’re not. It’s just like, you know, “If you a man of yours, “don’t let nobody disrespect.”
You know, you ain’t got to act tough all day, you know that’s wack, that’s corny, that’s dead, man. It’s about this jigginess, man, it’s about these cool vibes, it’s about this inspiration, this art, the technology, man. I want to be able to just be chillin’ in Hawaii and, you know, be able to just like have a touch screen in the air and what’s wrong with thinking like that, you know?
Somebody needs to create this, people got to keep pushing the envelope. It’s really about life right now, and enjoying it while you here ’cause, you know, we all gon’ go, you got to accept that, and that’s fine. So while you’re here, man, the petty s***, just let it go.
Rule #4: Be Unorthodox
They look at you like, “What do you mean?” and it’s just like, I look at it like you should let the people choose, it’s a day and age where everything is optional, you know, anything you need is at our fingertips, the click of a button, you know what I’m saying? So you should let the fans pick what they want as a single. Why should we drive like songs, and program moments, or radio just to drive it into the heads, I mean, I think you should you should pick what people like and give it to ’em.
Like giving that album and, “I got a single, “he got a single, you got a single.”
Yeah, it’s crazy
‘Cause that’s what this is, I think each song, I mean as a whole, it makes sense, they compliment each other. It’s like, for me, I wanted to try to create a masterpiece, just as much as possible they way I knew. But I feel like each of ’em like singly, individually, they stand on their own legs. And I think that a lot of individual people are going to be like, “Well, you know, this one really spoke to me “but this one is cool, you know I didn’t really get that.” That’s what I wanted. I didn’t expect, I didn’t want to make everyone try to like everything, it’s just I wanted to make art and hope everyone would like everything.
Rule #5: Put Your Art Before Yourself
It’s all about inspiration right now. People neglect that so much, man. I think nowadays, I mean it’s the obvious, it’s all about making a buck and we all want to make money. I want to make money, I’m not going to lie. But I would prefer to do it the right way, by making and producing art that I feel is the best I could do. Anybody can sell a record today. Make a song about ten b****** on n***** and it’s going to sell.
All jokes aside, you just got to be catchy, and get some bomb post and you can do it. And I’m not knockin’ anybody for what they do. I’m just sayin’ what I want to do, what I prefer to do, what I want to do with my art, and how I want it viewed and, you know, perceived. I want people to know that I put my everything into my art. Even, I put it before myself. Not being seen in two years, creating, you know, not putting out any projects. This is just me creating and, you know, trying to involve myself.
Rule #6: Pioneer Your Own Legacy
Interviewer: Maybe you could talk about your, like, your name. Why you stylized it like that? Um, especially on the “Pretty Flacko” and who that’s an homage to.
I felt like with the name Rakim, it’s like being named after like Tupac Shakur or Michael Jordan, you know, I mean those shoes are too big to try to fulfill. And I wanted to kind of pioneer my own legacy. I wanted to leave back my own path. I didn’t want it to be like, “Oh, well, yeah, “everybody knew about him ’cause he came out “and he had that famous rapper’s name.” Nah, man I wanted to start, respectfully, I wanted to earn my name, and that was the whole point of this last album, “At. Long.
Last. A$AP” because it’s basically an abbreviation, it’s ALLA, A-L-L-A. And it’s like the return of the god MC, Rakim was the god MC, and I’m finally accepting that my name is Rakim and I’m taking ownership of it and I just want to make Rakim, my mother, my father, people, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, those kind of people, I want to make ’em proud.
Rule #7: Get A Support System
Interviewer: At a time when New York hip-hop was like not even being respected, how did you and your boys put this whole thing together man? You was a leader of a movement, like you got to put yourself on, you put a whole movement together.
Nah, it’s because like, you know, I had a support system, it wasn’t just like, you know, the whole mob was with the s***s and not only that, man, like, Yams, man, you know, anything I ever wanted to do he was supportive, he got it, he got my vision. I think we was just a bunch of young visionaries that happened to get together. And that only happens every once in a few, that doesn’t always happen often when everybody has a eclectic vision, individual vision of their own, you know? All together, we’re collected.
Interviewer: Everybody knew each other’s strengths?
Exactly, and weaknesses and stuff, so it really helped. And I feel like when we came in I was concerned, wasn’t being a “dopest niggas out of New York” or being the most successful, la da da. We was just doing our own thing, and I think that’s what helped, because we wasn’t trying to do what everybody else was doing. And now that were still doing our own thing, we gon’ give people a new lifestyle to dab to, you get what I’m saying? Cause times change, I gave ’em a style four years ago, here we are again, at long last, you know?
Rule #8: See The Trends
Interviewer: And I know like 2014, you’ve been on the record as sayin’, Well Yams did a interview with XXL and was saying how you know, 2014 was a rough year in culture and you guys weren’t really that inspired, and then you actually had tweeted out that you thought it was a terrible year in music, culture, and unity and that 2015 is the rebirth of it all and the year of the underdogs, mark my words.
Do you all agree with my on that? This year alone, this is the fourth month, right?
We already had releases from some of the greatest artists in hip-hop alone. Like I’m on the internet and I’m hearing these little kids that’s coming out and these niggas is fresh, they all better than these m******* old niggas that’s in the game, like I’m telling you, man, it’s all about the youth, it’s all about tomorrow, and I don’t think just cause a person has a million dollars in they bank account that that makes them a credible artist, you know?
I’m listening to people, you know, who still live at they mother’s house and still tryna figure it out. As long as you got some jiggy s*** to say, I’ma listen. And if you got a dope visual to go with it, I’m bought.
Well, I’m a kid, too, myself, so part of my language but you know real life stuff with you guys. And I hope that you respect that and you could feel that ’cause we’re all real people at the end of the day, you know when all the lights are off, we’re all real people, you got to be who you are, you know? And I’m quite sure you guys know this already, right? You’re geniuses, right? Yeah, but let me get back to the topic at hand, I’m going all over the place, did I say I was happy to be here?
I feel like we’re at a day and age where, I know we’re at a day and age where these companies, the radio, the media, these markets, man, it’s gettin’ really, it’s gettin’ scary for them because a lot of independent companies or just personalities are coming and doing it the right way, like, people like Spotify coming and taking something like streaming, YouTube and Vimeo were places that you would go to go see videos all day.
You didn’t think nothing of it, they found out how to monetize the streaming service, and now they’re bigger than the labels. So, we’re looking at iTunes, and Spotify, and all these other guys, those are going to be the biggest record labels within the next two years. And people are not seeing it. What I noticed is as a rapper or as a artist with the internet, I could make my own label.
You can, you can do it yourself, I mean, obviously, you might not have the money that those companies have, but trust me there’s a way and I think, I think it’s obvious to them, I think it’s obvious to the world, that stuff like radio, stuff like you know, the old market and formulas, they don’t apply to my generation.
Man, our attention span, these kids nowadays, you got to entertain ’em really quick or they going to click to something else, man. You know, I can admit it, I’ll get online and I start looking at ads and whatever, and I’m just closing out things if it doesn’t spark my interest, if it’s not funny, if it’s not ignorant half the time I won’t watch it, you know and that’s just me, if it’s not something that’s entertaining.
And, you know, dealing with a record label and being a artist at this day and age, and doing things from a independent standpoint, I get to see both sides of the grass, you know, I get to see the politics within it and the flaws. And as far as people like you guys, geniuses and my generation to come, I’m more scared of you guys because you guys are way more advanced, you know, and the kids after you are going to be twice as advanced as you guys are.
You know how they always used to say like, “Respect your elders”, man it’s like the other way around now. The tables have turned, these kids are geniuses, man. That’s what I’m basically up here trying to articulate without feeling like I’m talking to myself but yeah.
Rule #9: Use Common Sense
When I started A$AP, part of me, I didn’t start A$AP, I joined in 2007, it was a crew from Harlem, if you guys don’t know about it, that’s my crew. And it was a bunch of just teenage kids that just wanted to do teenage things, you know? I don’t think I have to specify at this point, right? Basically, you know, that leads to nothing because you just wake up and before you know it, you just spent all summer having fun, you don’t have anything accomplished.
You don’t have any money, you don’t have a job, nothing right? I looked around and I just said, “Man, we got to “do something about this, we need to utilize each other, “because, together, we’re all a collective.” and that was the obvious. I think the main part in our day and age is just identifying and stating the obvious. Common sense, you’d be surprised how many people lack it. I use my common sense, and it led to me trying to use the internet as a outlet to market myself, to get my brand out there because nowadays… By a show of hands, how many people are aspiring artists out there rather it be music or painting or…
No, really, thank you, we got one artist? I know it’s more than that. Music, dance, theater, cinematography, its art, you know, the arts. That’s it? So I’m in a room full of geniuses right now, you guys are telling me that these are the only artistic people? Don’t be shy, I came to talk to you all today, what’s up? How many people by a show of hands have a passion for art? Don’t be ashamed, it doesn’t mean you’re a loser, you gon’ be like Basquiat and do heroin, it’s okay. Alright, cool.
I think we’re finally gettin’ to know one another today. What I will say is, I’m quite sure everything that I’m saying, you guys are so advanced you know already and um, I’m just statin’ the obvious. It’s common sense and for those of you who are trying to be artists or who have it in them, there’s just so many different, the ways that you would market a brand as far as a company, and a corporation is the same way you have to market yourself these days because a brand is no longer like just a company.
It can be a individual, for instance, if A$AP Rocky goes out and, this would never happen but, shoots a hundred people, it would mess up my brand. I did it as one person, no, but I mean, it’s common sense, right? I’m just breaking it down to the basics for you all right now, you know, but it’s the truth. It would mess up my brand as a person. What about my friends who had nothing to do with it? That’s what I mean by that when I tell you guys that we’re all a brand. I came here today to talk about that.
I’m just speaking what we all know, man. Everything I say, people know already, man, I just got enough balls to say it. I don’t claim to be no genius, or no philosopher. I don’t know it all and I’m not perfect I’m just me, and that’s all I could give you all, you know? And that’s it, that’s all I could be.
You know other than that, man, I don’t really give a f***, like, nothing else matters.
Rule #10: Have Fun
In fashion just like in hip-hop, you can’t only set the bar, you also have to raise it. Here’s a look at some fashion dos and don’ts.
Do be unique and independent with your styling choices. Don’t wear NFL jersey with your name in the back of it, unless you’re willing to take a hit for that team.
Do when it comes to fashion, break out the box, take a risk. Don’t literally wear a box. Yo, who thought of this? This is f*****…
Do have a hairstyle that compliments your overall style. Don’t, don’t shave your sideburns above your ears. You look like a damn narc or something.
Do dress casually when a situation calls for it. Don’t dress like your golfing, even when you’re golfing.
Movie Dialogue: Don’t push me Bob, now’s not the time.
I swear to god, I hate the way golfers dress!
Do just like writing lyrics, sometimes just keep it simple. Don’t over accessorize. Or else people going to end up pitying the fool.
Hey sucka-jive-turkey, I pity the fool!
Do wear the Canadian tuxedo. No, don’t wear the Canadian tuxedo, ever.
Thank you guys so much for watching. I made this video because Chad Britton asked me to. So if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it down in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do. I’d also love to know, what did A$AP Rocky say that had the biggest impact on you? What are you going to take from his message and immediately apply to your life or business somehow? Leave it down in the comments below and I’m going to join in the discussion.
I also want to give a quick shout-out to Tina Chang. Tina, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book, “Your One Word”, and making that fun YouTube video around it as well. I really, really, really appreciate the suppport.
This is my second piece of artwork. It means, “Your one word” in Chinese.
So thank you guys again for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself, and whatever your one word is, much love, I’ll see you soon.
Credit Your Influences
Based on a movement that you guys started after Yam’s pass called “Tweet Like Yams”.
Tweet like Yams, and basically it’s taking his funniest quotes and just, you know, showcasing ’em. I think his state of mind, just his personality, it was never broadcasted or just, you would have to be a true cult follower while he was alive to understand, you know, Yams, Lil Newport, I think that I think that he’s gone, it’s one of those things like awareness, and it’s just spreading, and his importance in hip-hop, and how his contribution to hip-hop, people were starting to see his influence.
And it’s not just A$AP Rocky, like, it’s not just me influencing people and setting trends it’s like my crew is tight but most of all, my best friend, he had a ill vision and I think, you know, a lot of people miss and love him for that ’cause not only just music and stuff, people, he was a person who got with a lot of people that I didn’t even know, you know what I’m saying? Like he had personal relationships, so I think that’s kind of tight, it’s important. But I’m just trying to spread that peace and love amongst hip-hop and amongst the brothers and sisters, man, you know what I’m saying?
Rule number one is my personal favorite, and I’d love to know which one you guys like the best.
A$ap Rocky’s Rules
- Be You (Evan’s Favorite Rule for an Entrepreneur Mindset).
- Be Confident
- Love Life
- Be Unorthodox
- Put Your Art Before Yourself
- Pioneer Your Own Legacy
- Get A Support System
- See The Trends
- Use Common Sense
- Have Fun
I hope you enjoyed this article, make sure to check my A$ap Rocky video on his Top 10 Rules For Success as well.
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