Gary Vaynerchuk catches up with A$AP Ferg while in the studio. Check out the video above.
Playboi Carti is rarely at a loss for words. Publicly, the young rapper projects a sense of perpetual ease. But this wasn’t that. “That was one of my happiest moments…” he began, before trailing off. He flipped his braids back and ran a hand through them pensively, revealing the birthmark on his left cheek, which has become a trademark. “I was broke as f—! I didn’t have anything growing up. I was wearing whatever I had. And then…”
He was having a hard time recounting the occasion when A$AP Rocky, his mentor and frequent collaborator, brought him to New York Fashion Week this February. That’s where Rocky introduced him to Raf Simons at his debut Calvin Klein show. “I met Raf! Not even like some streetwear designer, but Raf!” Carti shook his head.
It was a crowning moment that capped off everything good that’s befallen Carti over the last few years, from signing with A$AP Worldwide (with co-signs from Drake and Kanye) to emerging as Atlanta’s next big thing to, one day last week, sitting on the 24th floor of One World Trade Center, the New York skyline laid below him.
Still only 21, Playboi Carti, born Jordan Carter, has never released a full-length project. He started rapping in earnest only about three years ago as a high schooler, and has already been featured on a handful of tracks by Gucci Mane, Lil Uzi Vert, and his A$AP Mob family. But unlike his contemporaries Uzi and Lil Yachty, who constantly churn out mixtapes and loosie singles, Carti’s musical output has been remarkably scant. Still, he boasts over half a million followers on Instagram and a fan base so rabid and obsessive that Carti’s comments section has turned into a battleground of sorts, with fans alternatively pleading for new music (“DROP A F—ING TAPE I LOVE YOU”), and berating him for never releasing (“I been waiting like 8 years for this tape. What if I die and never get to hear it?”).
“My fans try to troll me,” Carti said warily, even though he likes to playfully troll them right back. For example, he made the cover of his highly-anticipated debut project supposedly titled Cash Carti, a collage of angry fan comments. Then, last week, he threw gas on the fire with a mysterious countdown clock on his website, ticking down to Friday, April 14. Would it finally be #CartiSeason? Or was this simply another Carti ruse? Is it even an album?
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Between their sets at the FADER FORT in Austin in March, emerging gentleman Lil Yachty and Playboi Carti sat down for a heart-to-heart. They talked about the old tweets that haunt them, choosing weed or “substantial” health, and why Carti’s tape still isn’t out.
Via The FADER.
Austin barely survived the supertornado that was SXSW 2017. HNHH caught up with A$AP Ferg, Denzel Curry, CyHi the Prynce, Saba and Pivot Gang, Kodie Shane, Trill Sammy, Joey Purp, Kweku Collins and DJ Boathouse, KAMI, & Ta’East down in the torrid Texas winter and asked them to dish on SXSW essentials and favorite and least favorite aspects of the festival.
The music world has invaded SXSW for the week, and Complex News is down in Austin, Texas to capture the best moments. Like for instance, Desiigner crashing our interview with ASAP Ferg while whipping a scooter.
After settling down, the two New York rappers big each other up, like Ferg praising Desiigner for his unique style whenever he hits the red carpet. Ferg also explains his new project Still Striving is coming soon, and does his best DJ Khaled impression.
Presented by MIC at UCLA, in partnership with the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. In conversation with music journalist Steve Baltin.
The Chicken Connoisseur himself (Elijah Quashie) links up with A$AP Bari in New York City for the latest entry in his successful online series The Pengest Munch. Hanging out with the VLONE architect as the pair hit up a string of chicken spots across NYC, Quashie gets to try out Harlem’s Texas, the Bronx’s Kennedy Chicken and Brooklyn’s Crown Fried Chicken. As you can tell in the episode above, The Chicken Connoisseur isn’t too impressed with much of what New York City has to offer.
You can check out the A$AP Bari-guided “New York Spesh” episode of The Pengest Munch above.
A$AP Twelvyy joins hosts Ben Detrick and Jordan Redaelli to discuss the 2017 NBA trade deadline, the sad futility of the Sacramento Kings, the draft’s top point guards, and Yams Day.
Via VICE Sports.
“We made a song and it was very lit,” Playboi Carti told us of his collaboration with Frank Ocean. “I don’t know if the world is gonna get it, though.” After meeting Raf Simons at his New York Fashion Week presentation, the Atlanta upstart stopped by The FADER office to share some lesser known facts about himself: like how he was really ballin’ in high school and what it was like to take his dad to Mansion Elan. He also sets the record straight: it’s Playstation over XBOX. Watch the video above.
Via The FADER.
On Sunday afternoon A$AP Ferg wasn’t scheduled to talk to Complex. But, as luck would have it, he just happened to be stuck in traffic on New Orleans’ Royal Street (where we were at) while on his way to the Voodoo Museum, and noticed a couple of high school friends in the neighborhood. Once he learned that 2 Chainz was about to take the stage he stuck around to catch up with us.
Cool, impromptu interviews always welcome.
While he was checking in he made sure to send shout-outs in the direction of James Harden and Nick Young, let us know that the follow-up to 2016’s Cozy Tapes Vol. 1 is coming soon, and also that he has his own continuation of 2016’s Always Strive and Prosper, which he personally guarantees will be lit.
Guess we’ll find out if he can follow through on that soon enough.
A$AP Ant speaks to Westwood about his hit Finances, touring, A$AP Mob, Dipset & more.
Vlone x Nike was released in Harlem on Feb. 10.
A$AP Mob continues its cultural domination with A$AP Bari’s Vlone streetwear line, which launched it’s Vlone x Nike Air Force 1 during one of New York Fashion Week’s buzzier pop-up events (Feb 10), on 116thStreet in Harlem, right up the block from where A$AP Mob spent their formative years.
As throngs of fans and sneakerheads crowded the streets outside, Billboard caught up with A$AP Bari to discuss all things Vlone.
Did you wake up one morning and know that Vlone was going to be the name of your brand?
At one point in time, I was broke. I didn’t have much, so a lot of things were connecting with me, like Kid Cudi’s “All Along” song. We were switching up the A to a V in the word “alone.” So the whole meaning came from alone, and then I switched it to Vlone, and made it my own and made it my own meaning which is “live alone; dive alone.”
What does black and orange represent in the design of your pieces?
Black is a solid color. It’s like orange is the new black. That’s how it all came about. It all came down to the Knicks’ colors being black and orange. That’s like the signature New York shoe.
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