To only be a nineteen-year-old kid, Adam Kirkman a.k.a A$AP Ant, has created a great deal of buzz in the New York underground scene for the past three years. Starting out as a co-designer for his former streetwear line. Marino, Ant had been getting coverage by Complex, Creative Control and throwing poppin’ release parties in SoHo, as a high school student. Being a teenager living in Baltimore—a place where young artists usually go unnoticed—made those feats even more impressive. Since Marino, Ant has found himself a roster spot in the hottest phenomenon in hip-hop this past year that is A$AP Rocky’s crew, A$AP Mob. His journey as a rapper is barely a year old, but in that time—with the help of Rocky’s buzz, no doubt—his “Coke And White Bitches” track, video for song “Told Ya” and newest feature with Rocky and Flatbush Zombies, “Bath Salts” have combined for more than 440,000 views on YouTube. His rhyming style is raw as he’s still figuring out what works for him, but he’s already showed separation from the fashion-conscious, more commercial-ready approach of his mob brothers; he’s developing as a gritty street artist, a tag he proudly accepts. The self-proclaimed “Beanie Siegel of A$AP” already has the respect within the emerging hip-hop underground movement, something he attributes to already having a name in New York’s scene that is now gaining international attention. Last weekend at Trillectro, Ant rocked “Bath Salts” with Flatbush Zombies, only to be later invited on stage by Schoolboy Q to perform “Coke And White Bitches”—making him the only rapper to rock multiple sets at the festival. During the event, I sat down to chat with him.
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