As an artist who grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, A$AP Ant recently shed some light on his hometown, which was depicted on the former HBO television series, “The Wire” years ago. During an interview with Vlad TV, A$AP Ant was asked if what was depicted on “The Wire” was an accurate depiction of the city of Baltimore.
According to A$AP Ant, Baltimore is 10 times worse than what viewers saw on “The Wire.” The A$AP Mob member also spoke on transitioning into a grown man and leaving the petty crimes of his past in the past.
“City go harder than ‘The Wire,’” he said. “That’s [all] I’m gonna say. You see dangerous things, but it’s 10 times worser than that. But it gives you a glimpse of what Baltimore is. I’m not gonna knock ‘The Wire.’ Cause they did do a good job of exposing how people really act. They really got people that really talk like they from Baltimore…I been running around the streets. You feel me? Hopping in stolen cars and shit like that. You feel me? But that’s just regularly growing up in Baltimore. Any Baltimore kid gon’ experience that. You know what I mean? And it’s a way that you can’t let that shit corrupt you. We did that at a young age. We was teenagers. We grown men now.”
Despite A$AP Ant’s claims that Baltimore goes harder than “The Wire,” he says improvements have been made to the city and that there are nearby towns that have prospered.
“It’s like they still got that dope fiend area around there,” A$AP Ant said. “You get what I’m saying? So, it’s like they just now—the community, the city is now trying to fix them houses and rebuild them. [Destroy] and rebuild new shit for the community. They trying to open like grocery markets and stuff like that around the burnt out areas. But other than that it’s cool. Got some good towns and people out there…But really it’s a lot of towns, and people in there do art, music, clothing.”