A$AP Rocky
*Coming off the death of his mentor A$AP Yams, A$AP Rocky is set to come back into the public eye with the May 12 release of his album “A.L.L.A.” and new movie “Dope” on June 19.

With all that comes the struggle to maintain, which Rocky opened up about to Billboard. For the entertainer, it comes down to his choice of drug, which is LSD. In addition to coping with life, A$AP Rocky opens up about A$AP Yams and the recent killings by police in Ferguson and other places that have dominated the news.

Highlights from the rapper’s interview with Billboard are below:

On the loss of A$AP Yams:
“But he showed me that there are people who can be born from another woman and another man but be as loyal to you as a blood brother, if not more. He had my back, man. Me and him had the same vision, and he knew how to help me reach it.”

On the recent police killings in Ferguson, NYC, etc.:
“All it does is make me cringe. There’s not really much I could do, because I ain’t about to shoot no cop in the head, blow his f—ing head off, right now. So I just sit back and pray for the best. If I’m not going to Ferguson or any of these places, protesting or contributing, I should shut the f— up. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do. It ain’t my place to speak on it.”

On the roll LSD plays in his recording process:
“It helps me cope with life,” he says. “I’ve been doing this stuff since I got into the industry. People are scared to talk about it.” He says he likes psychedelics because his life is psychedelic. “It’s trippy. My art, my visuals. Very trippy.”

To read the full cover story, click over to Billboard.