If A$AP Rocky is the reason for bringing his family of A$AP Mob-sters to the front of mainstream hip-hop as well as designer fashion, then his brother A$AP Ferg may be the emcee needed to maintain the gritty, underground Harlem bravado that raised each of his fellow band members. Having recently appeared on Rih Rih’s Diamonds World Tour – which is currently in the process of closing its first American leg to go overseas – Ferg is looking to build on his newfound notoriety with the release of his latest solo mixtapeTrap Lord later this summer. Coinciding with today’s airing of Hypetrak’s original interview with the Trap Lord himself seen here, we here at Hypebeast wish to extend the love with a look at A$AP Ferg’sEssentials. So what’s good Hypebeasts, is this collection jiggy enough for your likings?
A$AP Rocky rapped “my outfit was in Vogue, I’m a pretty boy” on the bonus track “Ghetto Symphony.” Two months after the debut, Rakim is on the cover of the March issue of L’Uomo Vogue. The Italian men’s publication features A$AP Rocky dressed fully in Dolce & Gabbana and wearing jewelry from Jacob & Co. Look for the entire feature coming soon.
After Lawson did his thing in the studio for “From Bull to Butcher,” A$AP Illz showed up and the duo took a stroll around the neighborhood, sporting all new Black Scale gear courtesy of co-owner Michael Yabut.
We’re not sure what musicians have to hide, but when we spotted Justin Bieber in a facemask, we knew this was the new trend to watch. Since Michael Jackson thrilling back in the ’80s, the act of face covering has been on the scene. Recently fashion designers like Rick Owens, Walter Van Beirendonck, Alexander Wang and Maison Martin Margiela have been using facemasks to accentuate their creations, causing this fad to spread. From the runway to the streets, anonymity has become quite the trend in the modern music industry. We’ve seen deadmau5 and Daft Punk rocking their famed masks for years, but we’ve also recently spotted Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, and even the Biebs veiling their faces.
Shot in Venice, CA, the Spring 2013 Stussy campaign reflects an older era of the monumental coastal city illustrated by Kenneth Cappello’s gritty style of photography. Styled by Tom Guinness the photos present an in depth look at the collection worn by some real heads chillin’ and skating those legendary streets.
It’s only a short distance from the tough streets of Harlem to the front row of a New York fashion week runway show, but it’s a journey that very few rappers have made. A$AP Rocky, however, managed it even before the recent release of his No.1 debut album, Long.Live.A$AP. And his appearance at last month’s Paris fashion week, dressed in clothes by British designer Shaun Samson, reinforced the impression that he has come a long way from a childhood that inspired the line on his album’s title track, “I thought I’d probably die in prison”.
The “YNRE” t-shirt is back on sale for pre-order. Only 50 pieces will be produced and it will be discontinued after this last production. Pre-order the limited release exclusively at A$AP Ant’s online store.
While Rocky has said on more than one occasion that he won’t be launching his own clothing line, he already has a history of collaborating with designers from the full range of the fashion spectrum, from Black Scale capsule collections to exclusive pieces with Raf Simons. Rocky’s mixture of high fashion and streetwear may seem strange at surface level, but when you contextualize it within his unexpected musical tastes and other artists he’s chosen to work with (for example Skrillex and Florence Welch), it all makes sense.
For A$AP Rocky’s crew, high fashion is just as important as getting high. In other words, the Harlem-based collective likes clothes. A lot. So GQ brought along a few mob members—A$AP Nast, A$AP Josh, A$AP Illz, and the trap lord himself, A$AP Ferg—to uncover fall’s rarest looks at NYC’s biggest menswear tradeshow.