A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob released their new project 'Cozy Tapes: Vol 1: Friends' yesterday. Most notably the project featured Tyler, the Creator, Playboi Carti and Yung Gleesh on "Telephone Calls."
Tyler recently sat down with Genius to talk about the project and how "Telephone Calls" came together. You can read an excerpt below.
With Tyler, you have that friendly competition on “Telephone Calls.”
That’s my brother. Yeah, we had to [compete] because I bring a certain energy out of Tyler. Tell me if you’ve ever heard Tyler, the Creator rap like that in your life. Wait until you hear new shit we’ve got coming. We’ve got even more crazier shit. That nigga is just as much blood to me as most of my A$AP niggas. That’s my bro. I wish I knew that nigga my whole life.
When you say “Tell Tyler, better step his flow up,” that’s something you can only tell your homie.
Yeah, I said that because that’s the truth. It was funny how the song happened. We all was just at the house. Yachty was sleeping on the floor. I was sleeping on the floor. We just passed out anywhere. Mad niggas. Even Uzi, Yung Gleesh. It was probably like 7 p.m. and Tyler walks in the house like [imitating Tyler] “What the fuck, dude? What’s everyone passed out for? Did you guys have a party or some shit?” I started playing music. Mind you, Tyler don’t smoke or nothing. I got this nigga around all my ghetto friends, shooters an' shit. This nigga’s on the Segway like, “Who’s that guy with the red hair? He sounds like Andre 3000!” I said, “That’s Lil Yachty.” He said, “Lil what?”
We play “Telephone Calls” and he was like, “What’s that?!” He’s a big kid, bro. He’s like a nerdy big kid. This nigga’s on the Segway playing it over and over and over. We went across the street to the studio. He bodybagged that shit, nigga! For me, that was the point of that song—to show niggas who Tyler is.
Did Tyler hear you rap, “tell Tyler better step his flow up” before going recording his verse?
He heard “Telephone call from young Carti, said it’s lit”—he kept looping that. I didn’t do my verse yet. When he did his verse, Gleesh was like, “I feel like that nigga talking about all of us, bro.” I said, “That’s how you’re supposed to do it.” It’s like when ’Ye co-signed Jay Z’s “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” and he put out the whole 808s & Heartbreak. Niggas need to hear that just because they “made $30,000” that don’t mean shit. Giuseppes is trash. All that other shit they wearing is trash. That’s why I had to get him like, “Gucci and Dior bidding wars.” Bro, let’s really break that down. Gucci and Dior? Bidding wars? Bro! I’m not even trying to be funny, but that’s two different fashion houses. That’s never been—I’m scared to almost say it, you know what I mean? I don’t want to fuck my own shit up, but isn’t somebody gonna realize what I’m talking about? Open your eyes! Look what this black man is doing. Look!
The full interview is available on Genius here.