22nd May2018

(Video) A$AP Rocky Breaks Down “A$AP Forever” for Genius

by @Djordje

Back in January, A$AP Rocky started teasing his upcoming album Testing with a series of sporadically released new tracks. On April 5, the Harlem rapper shared the project’s first official single “A$AP Forever.” The song is produced by frequent Rocky collaborator Hector Delgado and is built around a sample of Moby’s 2000 hit “Porcelain.” Not only has “A$AP Forever” reached No. 65 on the Billboard Hot 100, its trippy music video has over 24 million YouTube views.

Via Genius.

22nd May2018

A$AP Rocky’s Complex May 2018 Cover Story

by @Djordje

“Have you ever cheated on your boyfriend?”

“No.”

“Don’t lie.”

A$AP Rocky and I are in a studio in Brooklyn for a cover shoot and interview, and he’s running the show. So far, he’s asked me when I bought my white, hoof-like Martin Margiela boots, what brands my black jeans and leather jacket are, whether or not I have a boyfriend, and how long I’ve been with said boyfriend. But there’s more he’d like to know.

“So, listen. Hold on, let me check,” he says. Committed to playing the role of interviewer, he looks down at the white notecards he borrowed from me and pretends to examine his next question. “You got any kids?”

“No.”

“Oh, yeah. We gotta mark that one off.” He pretends to draw an “X” with his fingers on the notecard. “Do you want any kids?”

“Yeah. One, maybe two. Do you want kids?”

“I do,” he says.

“Boy or girl?”

“Sometimes I say girl, sometimes I say boy. It depends. I’ll take whatever.”

“How many?”

“One or two. Maybe not right now, but eventually.”

“Too soon?”

“Nah, it’s not too soon for me.”

Rocky is extremely charming—magnetic personality, a perfectly chiseled jawline that hugs a perfect smile—when he wants to be. And right now, he’s in a playful and jovial mood. “I’m having fun by the way,” he says.

It’s a stark departure from just minutes ago. Earlier in our conversation, the 29-year-old Harlem rapper was avoiding my questions, telling me to never ask a few again. At one point, when I asked what happened to the luxury fur line he once said he’d been developing, he asked if I was “working with the feds.”

“Why are you trying to get me in trouble so much, bro?” he said. “Do you have actually have a vendetta against me? Why are you asking me about fur in 2018 knowing them PETA motherfuckers are gonna come looking for me, knowing I been killing my Instagram with furs the past couple months?”

It’s hard to tell if he was bored, tired, irritated, or high off the blunts he’d been hitting. Maybe it was a combination of everything. In any event, Rocky turns the charm on and off at will, and it’s impossible to tell when each version of Rocky will emerge. He doesn’t seem to care what I think, an interesting tactic for a rapper with more to sell than ever.

Continue reading on Complex.

17th May2018

A$AP Ferg Feels ‘Like a Walking MoMA Installation’

by @Djordje

When ASAP Ferg was still a teenager in Harlem, he started making crystal-studded pendants. He would sketch designs of characters like Bart Simpson and Mega Man, then hand the drawings over to Earl Harley (also known as “Harley, the buckle man”). Mr. Harley would create the bases for Ferg, who would then add Swarovski crystals and sell the pendants. They cost him about $200 to make; he sold them for about $700 a piece.

A decade later, Ferg, born Darold Ferguson Jr., is hawking pricier gems. This month, he became the first male rapper to appear as a spokesman for Tiffany & Co., the luxury jeweler. Ferg, 29, is not yet a megastar nor the most famous artist in the ASAP crew (that would be Rocky). But in collaborating with him, Tiffany has aligned itself with a princeling of Harlem fashion who aims to honor the legacy of his father, the designer Darold Ferguson Sr., by out-accomplishing him.

During a recent interview at The Blue Box Cafe at the Tiffany flagship store on Fifth Avenue, Ferg was frank about the mutual interest driving the partnership.

“I feel like we open up doors for each other,” he said of Tiffany. “I show them my world, they show me their world.”

Continue reading on The New York Times.

17th May2018

(Video) A$AP Rocky and Artist Ai Weiwei on Art & Fearlessness

by @Djordje

This season, Sotheby’s has paid tribute to creative voices from the 19th century to today who have pushed boundaries and challenged the definition of art. Inspired by these bold creators, we invited artist-activist Ai Weiwei and musician, producer and entrepreneur A$AP Rocky, two very different voices, to discuss the courage needed to create truly original artwork. Through their current projects, the pair reveal complementary sources of inspiration and a unified vision of why art is central to humanity. Their shared commitment to creative expression defines what it means to be Fearless Now.

Via Sotheby’s.

12th Apr2018

(Video) A$AP Rocky Joins Peter Rosenberg for Debut Episode of Open Late

by @Djordje

On the premiere of Open Late with Peter Rosenberg, Peter sits down with A$AP Rocky to talk his upcoming album, his relationship with Kanye and more. Watch above.

06th Apr2018

(Video) A$AP Ferg Shows GQ How to Tie a Durag

by @Djordje

A$AP Ferg reveals his technique for tying a durag and getting the waviest waves.

Via GQ.

18th Mar2018

(Video) Smooky MarGielaa Breaks Down “Stay ‘100’” On Genius

by @Djordje

Smooky MarGielaa turned heads last year with his melodic features on A$AP Mob’s project ‘Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy.’ The 15-year-old Bronx rapper kicked off his career as A$AP Rocky’s latest protégé and member of the AWGE collective.

As the son of a famous Malian singer and guitarist, Smooky naturally gravitated towards music and started rapping around 13. He’s continued to impress fans with a slew of solo singles, including the viral bop “Stay ‘100.’”

Produced by French beat-maker CashMoneyAP, the song reflects on Smooky’s newfound success and his desire to stay away from the streets. He tells Genius that he wrote the song during a trip to Los Angeles, as he reflected on all the hate he used to get before he was famous. The track also references the time he tried to sneak into Coachella with his friends.

Read more on Genius.

03rd Mar2018

(Video) A$AP Twelvyy Drops Bars and Buckets with Under Armour Basketball

by @Djordje

Hot off his debut album, 12, A$AP Twelvyy hits the court to show off his game. Twelvyy explains what it means to be in A$AP Mob and tells the story of how he got started in the the music industry. In this episode, both bars and buckets are on display. It’s Time to Shoot Your Shot.

Via Under Armour Basketball.

28th Feb2018

(Video) A$AP Ferg Talks David Bowie, Notorious B.I.G. & Nas’ Influence on His Music

by @Djordje

A$AP Ferg (Plain Jane) stops by to discuss some of the songs that have inspired him and shaped his style, from David Bowie to N.E.R.D.

Via TRL.

16th Feb2018

(Video) A$AP Ferg Discusses the Pros and Cons of Exclusive Drops at ComplexCon

by @Djordje

At ComplexCon 2017, Union LA’s Chris Gibbs and Complex’s own Karizza Sanchez hosted the Drop Science panel, which highlighted the pros and cons of exclusive drops. Jerry Lorenzo (founder, Fear of God), Deon Point (creative director, Concepts), Kevin Le (marketing supervisor, Bape), Racks Hogan, and ASAP Ferg joined in on the conversation to offer their insight on the topic.

Via Complex.

15th Feb2018

(Video) VIBE Goes Shopping For Books With A$AP Twelvyy

by @Djordje

VIBE goes shopping for books with A$AP Twelvyy. Watch above.

05th Feb2018

(Video) Smooky MarGielaa Interview with No Jumper

by @Djordje

Smooky sits down with No Jumper for an exclusive interview. Watch above.

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