19th Sep2017

Smooky MarGielaa Interview with HotNewHipHop

by @Djordje

The Bronx, NY, birthplace of hip-hop and home to some of this genre’s most memorable artists. From KRS1 to Big Pun, to newer artists influencing the current landscape, such as A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Cardi B and many more, the Bronx almost organically produces hip-hop talents of all sorts and variations. The most recent boogie down Bronx artist to make a wave in the hip-hop scene is a young man by the name of Smooky Margielaa.

Smooky, only 15-years old, has generated a lot of attention online recently, and it’s not just for his young age and connections. The young MC’s knack to flow, often a combination of singing and rapping, struck the attention of Harlem’s very own, A$AP Rocky. You’ll notice Smooky’s name on a few tracks on the Cozy Tapes Vol. 2 and on projects with Mob affiliates such as Twelvyy, Marty Baller and more.

Smooky Margielaa stopped by the HNHH office recently, and spoke with us about how he connected with Rocky, when he started making music and projects that we should be looking out for.

Continue reading on HotNewHipHop.

19th Sep2017

(Video) A$AP Ferg Breaks Down Biggie’s “Suicidal Thoughts” for Pitchfork

by @Djordje

Pitchfork is pleased to announce a new video series. “VERSES” finds rappers discussing songs that had a major impact on them as lyricists. First up is A$AP Ferg, who goes through the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Suicidal Thoughts” (from Ready to Die). “Biggie always got those lines where I’d be like, Man, he’s very brave for saying that,” Ferg says. Watch the inaugural “VERSES” above.

Via Pitchfork.

17th Sep2017

(Video) A$AP Twelvyy Guest Appears on Desus & Mero

by @Djordje

A$AP Twelvyy talks about positivity, Halloween, and being an “untraditional New York rapper” with Desus & Mero.

14th Sep2017

(Video) Live at the Sonos Store: A$AP Ferg with Andrew Carmellini

by @Djordje

On Talkhouse’s premiere food culture episode (part of its new Talkhouse x Food Republic series), New York City chef and restaurateur Andrew Carmellini meets Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg at the flagship Sonos store in NYC. In their conversation, they discuss the challenges of their respective crafts, their role as leaders, branding, cooking and more. Check out these two New York cultural titans chopping it up, and subscribe now on iTunes or Stitcher to stay in the loop on future episodes of the Talkhouse Podcast.

Via Talkhouse.

11th Sep2017

(Video) Mass Appeal ‘Open Space’ Interview with Smooky MarGielaa

by @Djordje

Smooky Margielaa has had quite the start to his young career. The 15-year-old Bronx native appears four times on the latest A$AP Mob album, ‘Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy’, and has garnered the support of A$AP Rocky, Lil Yachty and Juicy J—just to name a few—in recent weeks and months. In the latest episode of “Open Space,” Margielaa sits with us to discuss how he got this hot this quickly, and plans for his upcoming project, ‘Margiela Mad Man.’

“I used to play an instrument and all that, so it’s like the music is in my blood, feel me?” Smooky tells MASS APPEAL during his brief interview. “Any time I get in the booth, I just spit melodies. Sometimes I spit melodies and I’m like, ‘What the hell? Oh, this one is fire,’ feel me? I don’t even be believing I be doing it. It’s crazy.”

Smooky is making the best of his burgeoning fame, but he nearly never met A$AP Rocky or appeared on the ‘Cozy Tapes’ album. In a recent interview, he explained how he snuck into a Bronx club after meeting Rocky, a slick move that impressed the Harlem star. Afterwards, the two linked back up in Los Angeles to make music, and the legend of Smooky was born.

Smooky arrived to his MASS APPEAL interview with Drew Drippy, a friend and fellow Bronx native that helped Smooky graduate from making songs on a phone app to getting into the booth and forming a relationship with a manager who doubled as a math tutor. “At first, Smooky wasn’t really with it. ‘I don’t know, my teacher, my mom, parents…,’” says Drippy. “I’m like, ‘Yo. If it’s really that serious, you could have the teacher call your parents, tell them it’s an afterschool program,’ feel me?”

Whatever it takes. Watch Smooky and Drew recount their come-up in “Open Space” above.

Via Mass Appeal.

07th Sep2017

(Video) A$AP Ferg Breaks Down “Plain Jane” for Genius

by @Djordje

A$AP Ferg has dropped a lot of music this summer, between his multiple appearances on A$AP Mob’s ‘Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy’ album and his solo mixtape ‘Still Striving.’ The first single from Ferg’s mixtape was the Kirk Knight-produced “Plain Jane,” a blistering track that already has 5.9 million Spotify streams, and an additional 1.9 million on Soundcloud. “Plain Jane” is Ferg sharing his reality as a famous rapper who never forgot where he came from.

Read more on Genius.

05th Sep2017

(Video) A$AP Twelvyy Rates Fantasy Football, Frank Sinatra, and Fishing With Putin

by @Djordje

He also rates block parties, counting bread, sleeping on the train, and more in this episode of Over/Under

Via Pitchfork.

03rd Sep2017

A$AP Mob Interview with XXL

by @Djordje

Inside Platinum Sound Recording Studios there’s roughly 30 music industry folks drinking Brooklyn Lagers and eating an assortment of deli meats and mini sandwiches. As a bevy of weed smoke fills up the air, A$AP Ant a.k.a YG Addie, J. Scott, A$AP Lou, Key!, A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky are seen relaxing on the couch as onlookers surround them. The scene is the definition of cozy; from tracksuit shorts to baggy T-shirts, A$AP Mob are chilling like they’re in their own living room. Rocky introduces what’s to come and begins to play the first fours songs of Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy. While the project can be heard throughout the room, Rocky gets his Spike Jonze on, walking around the room filming the listeners with a handheld camcorder. There are smiles and shoulder rolls everywhere until the music pauses. The Mob want to wait for A$AP Nast to arrive.

Rap fans have been waiting for Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2 since it was teased just a few months after Cozy Tapes: Vol. 1 dropped last October. The time between the two installments is less that a year apart, making it cear that the Mob are sitting on a ton of new music. In a blink of an eye, Vol. 2 was already on consumers’ phones and laptops.

The second installment of the Cozy Tapes series includes features from everyone in the A$AP Mob and AWGE collective. A$AP Twelvyy, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ant, A$AP Nast and A$AP TyY are on the tape plus new affiliated members Playboi Carti, Key! and Smooky Margielaa—a charismatic 15-year-old rapper from the Bronx. Other guest appearances are Chief Keef, Lil Yachty, Gucci Mane, Schoolboy Q, Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, Jaden Smith, Quavo, and Frank Ocean. Vol. 2, Too Cozy is a friends-only project.

Since the first installment of the Cozy Tapes, several Mob members have dropped their own projects including Twelvyy’s long-awaited 12 and Ferg’s Still Striving mixtape, a year after his second album, Always Strive and Prosper. Now that Vol. 2 is here, things are only going to get busier while other members patiently wait for their turn to drop their solo work.

During the Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy listening session, XXL sat down with the members of the Mob to learn more about Smooky Margielaa, discuss who had the best verse on the Vol. 2, what projects are coming out next and the real definition of cozy.

Continue reading on XXL Magazine.

31st Aug2017

(Video) A$AP Ferg Breaks Down “East Coast” on Genius

by @Djordje

Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg has been an integral part of A$AP Mob’s rise to prominence since the beginning, and his recent Still Striving single “East Coast” featuring Remy Ma shows just how vital he is. The DJ Khalil and Tariq Beats-produced song has over 9 million Spotify streams, and its accompanying music video has been viewed nearly 3 million times on YouTube. “East Coast” is Ferg’s ode to New York City, where he grew up and still resides.

“I wanted to create a song that was very prideful of the East Coast, particularly New York,” Ferg explains to Genius. “I wanted to create an anthem that we could play at the Giants’ stadium. We could play at Madison Square Garden. We could play at Barclay’s Center. And just turn up to.”

A$AP Ferg recently sat down with Genius for the latest episode of Verified and broke down his upbeat track. Watch him go line-for-line with “East Coast” in the video above.

Via Genius.

29th Aug2017

A$AP Mob Interview with Complex

by @Djordje

The second installment of the Cozy Tape series dropped last week and ASAP Mob, as a collective, are finally starting to come together. From the beginning, Rocky and Ferg have been the Mob’s breakout stars, boasting a series of hits and platinum and gold albums. Then, after those careers were up and running, the crew lost its founder, ASAP Yams, during the rollout of Rocky’s sophomore album At. Long. Last. ASAP. However, in the aftermath of the tragdy, it seems like losing Yams made the crew stronger, closer, more focused on their music. ASAP Twelvyy finally dropped his long-awaited project 12, Ferg released Still Strivin’ a year after his second album Always Strive and Prosper, and Rocky is set to drop his third solo album later this year, or at least that what he told us at the Cozy Boys, Vol. 2: Too Cozy listening session.

Both Cozy Tapes are more polished than the crew’s first mixtape, Lords Never Worry. The second version, properly titled Too Cozy, features Chief Keef, Key!, new Mob members Playboi Carti and Smooky Margielaa (a 15-year-old from the Bronx), Lil Yachty, Gucci Mane, Schoolboy Q, Joey Badass and Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, Jaden Smith, Quavo, and Frank Ocean. In short, all their friends, as the first tape was aptly entitled.

Complex had the pleasure of talking to the Mob during a break as they ate Chinese food and smoked trees and caught up on everything from durag-wearing techniques, their favorite songs on Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2, and which Mob member will be dropping next.

Continue reading on Complex.

26th Aug2017

A$AP Mob Interview with Ebro on Beats1

by @Djordje

The Mob stops by Beats1 to talk with Ebro about the Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy release. Listen below via Apple Music.

26th Aug2017

A$AP Twelvyy Interview with Acclaim Magazine

by @Djordje

A$AP Twelvyy self prophesised his ‘Last Year Being Broke’ in 2016 but it’s the release of his debut album12 that has him talking about his “first year being rich”. One of the original members of A$AP Mob, Twelvyy has often taken a backseat, letting Rocky and Ferg take the lead. With countless tour supports and features Twelvyy’s album is an incredible culmination of all the lessons he’s learnt over the years–a testament to his growth as well as a tribute to A$AP Yams.

Hailing from the streets of Harlem, Twelvyy proudly represents his city throughout 12. His brothers from A$AP Mob all feature heavily on the album. In between stories of violence, losing one’s innocence and the projects he is infectiously joyful. One of the best moments on the album is on ‘Hop Out’ with A$AP Ferg where Twelvyy matches his flow with a brotherly playfulness. Twelvyy does feel like the little brother of the crew who has found his footing but after we spoke on the phone it seems that rather than having found his way, he’s just found the right time. Timing is everything and with the spotlight finally on Twelvvy he is ready to embrace it. “I want the people to get to know me, I want to get the know people, I want to know how they feel about me, I want to know what’s up.”

Continue reading on Acclaim Magazine.

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