Born Jamel Phillips, Twelvyy has been part of the A$AP Mob movement since the very beginning, running with the crew’s founder A$AP Yams since 2006
So what are we here for today Twelvyy?
A$AP Twelvyy: To talk about the album, 12 dropping Aug. 4, 2017. I’m ecstatic. It’s been six, seven years, damn near 10 years in the making, so I’m ready.
Are some tracks from the 2127301090 tape on this album?
I don’t know what’s going on with that. I don’t think that project exists. We don’t know, it might come up in the future. I don’t know it might come up in the future.
Let’s talk about your features on this project.
I got A$AP Mob, so A$AP Rocky, A$AP Nast, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Eddie. Smooky Margielaa, Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies. We want to keep it in the family, very family-oriented.
So in your mind, who are the true A$AP members?
The A$AP Mob. Nast, Eddie, Ferg, Rocky, Illz, Young Lord, Josh, Relly, Ty Y, Hector Delgado. We just blessed in Josh [the manager]. He been first tier though. Flatbush Zombies is the Mob and I’m a Flatbush Zombie, you feel me? TDE is Mob. If Yams met you and showed you love, you Mob to me. If not, then I don’t really care.
You didn’t mention a couple people before. You didn’t mention Playboi Carti.
Oh, Carti. I didn’t know I didn’t mention him. I consider him A$AP Mob, not A$AP. Honestly, A$AP Mob is just five people. A$AP, it got the family tree. A$AP Mob is the A$AP Mob. You can’t let anybody else into the Jackson Five. Nobody else can be the original five, you know. That’s just what it is. Carti, I love you to death but you’ll never be in the original top five.
After 12, there’s Still Striving and then Cozy Tapes on Aug. 25.
Yup, Too Cozy.
What can you tell us about Too Cozy?
It’s very relaxing sounds and this is going to just be an incredible month. I feel like all our music dropping this month is just going to shape the world. You got me coming out on the Aug. 4 and then you got Ferg coming out on the Aug. 18. So from the Aug. 4 to Aug. 18, I feel like all these kids is just going to be in the streets wildin’. They going to be on their 212 shit hard. Running around in they LYBB shit, their durags, watching anime, playing ball.
It’s going to get real crazy. It’s back to school season. They going to go back to school with that 212 mentality. This is going to be the illest summer ever so if you about to go to school with this music right now, your whole life is changing. I know kids that say, “Yo, I remember when Live. Love. A$AP dropped.” It’s the same energy. It’s crazy to see what 10 years of real hard work can do, dead ass. I appreciate that. Somebody told me yesterday, “You gotta catch that microwave shit.” But I’m like, I’m kind of happy I had to thug this out the whole time. I really did a bid, I did a tenure, you feel me? You cannot take that from me.