18th Jun2018

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

by @Djordje

A$AP Rocky returned with his third studio album ‘TESTING’ in May. The third track “Tony Tone” is one of the most popular songs from the LP with nearly 8 million Spotify streams in less than a month. Produced by Finatik N Zac, Hector Delgado and Rocky himself, it finds the Harlem rapper boasting about his crew’s innovation.

Via Genius.

16th Jun2018

(Video) Key! Talks ‘777,’ His Impact, A$AP Yams & More with ILLROOTS

by @Djordje

Key! breaks down his collaborative project with Kenny Beats, talks upcoming projects, growing up in Atlanta, his impact on music, his relationship with A$AP, influences and much more.

Via ILLROOTS.

16th Jun2018

A$AP Ferg On Breaking Down Boundaries As Tiffany & Co’s Brand Ambassador

by @Djordje

y first memory of Tiffany & Co. is walking past the Fifth Avenue store on the way home from school. I’d always look in the window and see the sparkly diamonds,” A$AP Ferg tells Vogue. “I never had the guts to actually go in, ’cause I knew that I couldn’t afford anything from there.”

What a difference a decade or two makes. Ferg, a founding member of Harlem’s A$AP (Always Strive and Prosper) Mob, whose real name is Darold D Brown Ferguson, is a fully-fledged Tiffany & Co. brand ambassador, and, rather fittingly, the face of its “Believe in Dreams” campaign.

“It’s not impossible to dream of working with a huge brand like Tiffany & Co.,” Ferg shares of his ambition to collaborate with the house, which was born while studying at the Manhattan High School of Art and Design and making his own jewellery. “And I’m actually the first rapper to work with Tiffany, so I feel like I’m breaking down barriers and bridging the gap between my culture and the brand’s culture.”

Continue reading on Vogue.

16th Jun2018

A$AP Ferg Interview on Whoolywood Shuffle

by @Djordje

A$AP Ferg is the latest guest on the ‘Whoolywood Shuffle’ podcast, in which he shares his thoughts on Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole’s music. Actor Jason Mitchell also shows up to discuss his role in the new film, ‘Superfly.’

Via XXL.

08th Jun2018

(Video) A$AP Ant Interview with Mass Appeal

by @Djordje

“My pops used to call me Ant Man when I was young,” recalls YG Addie aka A$AP Ant, who reps A$AP Mob from way down in Baltimore. Addie, whose dropped ‘The Prelude’ mixtape earlier this year, first distinguished himself via a crazy verse on the posse cut “Bath Salts” alongside Flatbush Zombies and A$AP Rocky. “Everybody said it was wack, to me it was before its time,” he said during a recent visit to MASS APPEAL HQ. “Maybe it wasn’t time for me to rap a verse back then.” Find out how his friendship with Yams helped him to get down with the A$AP Mob way back in the Stash House days, get his passport and travel the world via hip hop. Check out the latest episode of Open Space right now.

Via Mass Appeal.

08th Jun2018

A$AP Rocky Interview with Julie Adenuga on Beats1

by @Djordje

Julie Andenuga of Beats1 spoke to A$AP Rocky on the phone from Paris about his new album TESTING. Listen below.

03rd Jun2018

(Video) JUICE APPEAL: A$AP Ferg Stops by Juices For Life with Styles P. & Adjua Styles

by @Djordje

Get your mind and body right for the summer with the first episode of Juice Appeal. Join husband-and-wife team Styles P and Adjua Styles as they welcome A$AP Ferg to Juices For Life in the Bronx. Sitting at the counter, Fergentstein shows that he has wisdom well beyond his years. He talks about learning to make legit dollars from his father, the appeal of Shabba Ranks, and the whole A$AP Mob movement. Ferg also reveals how it was a chance encounter with Styles when he was a teenager that helped inspire him to keep rapping. F*ck your food desert.

Via Mass Appeal.

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.

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