Meet Joe Fox, A Homeless Musician Featured 5 Times On A$AP Rocky's Album
If you download A$AP Rocky's newest album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, on iTunes, you'll notice some pretty interesting collaborations.
Artists like Kanye West, Juicy J, ScHoolboy Q, Miguel, Mos Def and even Rod Stewart are featured on the Harlem rapper's sophomore album.
However, there's one feature in particular that has Twitter buzzing.
In five out of the 18 tracks, you'll hear a relatively unknown artist named Joe Fox. No, he's not related to Jamie Foxx, and no, he's never been featured on a studio album before.
That's because Rocky discovered Joe Fox, who was homeless at the time, on the streets of London at 4 am.
We were literally wandering the streets at 4 am on a Tuesday and this guy walked up holding a guitar. Fox played them a song, and now he pops up all over the new album.
Fox shared his wild story with Vice.
I had nowhere to live in London so I was selling mixtapes of my music anywhere I could so that I'd have money to live somewhere. I was doing that for a while, and I was making quite good money. So I'm on Wardour Street and I see this guy – I don't know who he is 'cause I don't listen to new music – and he's with this other guy who turns out to be Hector Delgado, who's produced a lot of songs on Rocky's album.
He added how Rocky immediately wanted to work with him.
I go up to them and say 'Do you want to buy a CD' and Rocky says, 'Can you play me a song'. So I play a whole song and I get to the end – that's usually when people buy a CD – so I say 'Do you want to buy a CD?' and he said 'No, but we're going to Starbucks, and then to the studio, you should come and work with us. Jump in the car'.
He also admitted he never heard of A$AP Rocky prior to their meeting.
So I got in the car and he says, 'My name's A$AP Rocky, you've got an amazing sound, [let's] record together.' So we did. I checked out his stuff later that week and I quite liked it, which I wasn't expecting, because I don't like much modern music. I really liked Long.Live.A$AP.