26th Sep2013

A$AP Ferg Featured in SNEEZE Mag

by @DomingoTutu

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A$AP FERG

A$AP Ferg photographed by Angelo Baque
Interview by Joe La Puma
From SNEEZE NO.20 fall 2013

It is 12:30 in the afternoon on a blistering July in New York, one that’s turned Sixth Avenue into an urban canyon of exhaust and wet heat. Just off of it, relief of Arctic air conditioning in the RCA Polo Grounds lobby, bustling with corporate suits, hopeful musicians, and pushy publicists, each tribe thirsting from the streets. But not on thirteen.

On the 13th floor, A$AP Ferg rests at ease, pristine white-on-white Air Force 1s kicked up on a conference room table. Wearing a Tasmanian Devil tee with his own Trap Lord mesh shorts draped over his knees, Ferg’s intuitive comfort in any situation — the streets, this boardroom, the spotlight — perfectly epitomizes the force behind his rising stock.

But it doesn’t do it complete justice. Ferg’s runs counter to the status quo of rappers in 2013. He’s an aesthete who credits painting as not only his first love, but also his escape from the gravity of the music industry. When that outlier status is paired up with his knack for cranking out chant-driven, club couch-demolishing singles like “Work,” and his latest “Shabba,” it’s not hard to see why Ferg would find himself in position to be the next star of the Always Strive And Prosper Crew.

But first: the business of lunch. Ferg snaps out his silver fronts and places them on the table and dives into — what else? — a salad, as he talks about his forthcoming album Trap Lord, growing up in Harlem, and playing the Pippen to A$AP Rocky’s Jordan.

JOE LA PUMA: How did Harlem prepare you for traveling around the world?

A$AP FERG: It was tough but it was full of love at the same time. I experienced triumph in my life and I also experienced getting love. Style from Harlem is out of this world. Everybody is stylish. Even the brokest person is fly. You have no money in your pocket, but your sneakers are way fresh. I learned to look nice. People wear their hearts on their sleeves and we wear all of our success on our clothes.

Speaking of clothes, can you tell me about your early line, Devoni Clothing? What was your vision and how did you execute it?

I used to come up with these self-brands and just print shirts for money. I used to do something called “throwaway T-shirt lines.” I’d create a brand like “Harlem Up,” or I’d do little sublines to make quick money, like quick hustles. That became a fad in Harlem. I really went in on Devoni. Devoni comes from “Devonian,” which was a time and era of evolution. That’s what it stands for. I just looked at myself as the evolution of fashion. That’s why I cut it short to Devoni.

Your father was artistic, and worked tangentially in the music industry, what values did he instill in you that you carry to this day?

He said, “Never short change yourself,” and that was the last thing he said to me, ever. I remember the night before he died, I was telling him, “Yo, I feel like I can sell my shirts for more.” So he said, “Sell those shirts for more. Don’t be afraid. Whatever you feel like your stuff is worth. Don’t ever short change yourself.”

Continue reading on SNEEZE.

25th Sep2013

(Video) A$AP Rocky – Fashion Killa

by @Djordje

GQ comes thru with the exclusive music video to A$AP Rocky’s “Fashion Killa,” featuring Rihanna. Peep the video above. Long.Live.A$AP in stores now.

24th Sep2013

(Video) A$AP Rocky Cameo in Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home” Music Video

by @Djordje

Drizzy takes it back to 1985 for his latest video for “Hold On We’re Going Home,” which features a cameo by none other than A$AP Rocky. Check the video above and pick up a copy of Nothing Was The Same, in stores today.

24th Sep2013

(Video) A$AP Ferg “Over / Under” with Pitchfork

by @Djordje

A$AP Ferg decides Jim Carrey should play the Riddler, evaluates Miley Cyrus and skorts.

Via PitchforkTV.

24th Sep2013

New Music: A$AP Rocky – R. Cali

by @Djordje

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If you copped GTAV last week you may have noticed a new A$AP Rocky tune featured on the games soundtrack. Take a listen to the CDQ of Flacko’s contribution, titled “R. Cali,” below.

20th Sep2013

(Video) A$AP Rocky & Riff Raff – Back & Forth (Part 2)

by @Djordje

In part two, Rocky introduces Riff Raff to A$AP Yams. Watch part 1 here.

19th Sep2013

(Video) A$AP Rocky & Riff Raff – Back & Forth (Part 1)

by @Djordje

A$AP Rocky and Riff Raff discuss regional scenes and the best kind of purple drink.

19th Sep2013

A$AP Ferg Interview with Highsnobiety

by @Djordje

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Following the release of his debut album, Trap Lord, we sat down with Darold Ferguson, Jr., better known as A$AP Ferg, to discuss the making of the record, his inspiration, and his plans for the future.

Continue reading on Highsnobiety.

19th Sep2013

A$AP Rocky Interview with Amalgamation

by @Djordje

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“It all changed, man.  It was just like yesterday.  Times was so ugly and now I’m comfortable.  I just only can thank God…  Suddenly, everything changed before my eyes by my surprise.”  – A$AP

Consider that an adequate self-reference from Harlem’s own Rakim Mayers, better known to the Hip-Hop world as A$AP Rocky.  Those introspective lyrics appear on “Suddenly,” the testimonial closer to Rocky’s Billboard chart-topping RCA/Polo Grounds Music debut, Long.Live.A$AP.  Released in mid-January of this year, Long.Live.A$AP came almost a year and some change after his “Purple Swag” breakout mixtapeLive.Love.A$AP.  Though the Hit-Boy produced lead single “Goldie” didn’t perform as well (peaking at number 55 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts), something happened with the follow-up.

Continue reading on Amalgamation Magazine.

19th Sep2013

Turnt x Burnt Fall 2013 Tour

by @Djordje

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Starting in late October A$AP Ferg will hit the road for the Turnt x Burnt Fall Tour featuring the A$AP Mob, Joey Fatts, Aston Matthews, Overdoz and 100s. See if they’ll be coming to a city near you below and be sure to cop tickets when they go on sale tomorrow.

Oct 30 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, OH

Oct 31 Sugar 2 Columbus, OH

Nov 01 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI

Nov 03 Concord Music Hall Chicago, IL

Nov 05 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO

Nov 07 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT

Nov 08 Knitting Factory Concert House Boise, ID

Nov 09 Branx Portland, OR

Nov 10 Neumos Seattle, WA

Nov 11 Fortune Sound Club Vancouver, Canada

Nov 14 Mezzanine San Francisco, CA

Nov 15 Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA

Nov 16 Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA

Nov 17 Glasshouse Pomona, CA

Nov 19 The Epicentre San Diego, CA

Nov 20 Club Red Tempe, AZ

Nov 22 Warehouse Live Houston, TX

Nov 23 Trees Dallas, TX

Nov 24 Antone’s Austin, TX

Nov 26 Republic New Orleans, LA

Nov 29 State Theatre St Petersburg, FL

Nov 30 Eve Event Space Miami, FL

Dec 01 Firestone Live Orlando, FL

Dec 04 Greene Street Club Greensboro, NC

Dec 07 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA

Dec 09 The Middle East Downstairs Cambridge, MA

Dec 10 Arena Montreal, Canada

Dec 11 The Opera House Toronto, Canada

19th Sep2013

Vote A$AP Rocky for 2013 MTV EMA for “Best Push”

by @DomingoTutu

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Flacko has been nominated for “Best Push” for the 2013 MTV EMA’s. Click here to vote now and be sure to tune in on November 10, 2013 to see who takes home the prize.

19th Sep2013

(Video) A$AP Bari & A$AP Ty Y for Stussy x Bape “Ill Collaboration”

by @DomingoTutu

Stussy and Bape® present “Ill Collaboration”, which includes a range of apparel and accessories in celebration of A Bathing Ape® and their 20th anniversary. This partnership between the two brands follows the first capsule collection released in 2010.

“Ill Collaboration” draws inspiration from vintage desert camouflage patterns creating a 90’s military vibe with classic iconography from both Stussy and Bape®.

CREDITS:
Creative Director : A$AP Bari
Models : Fredo Santana, Ian Connor, A$AP Ty Y
Videographer Editing : Molly Goldrick
Photography Editing : Marco Nicholas

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