A$AP Ferg talks to the Ebro In The Morning crew about his struggles after losing A$AP Yams, his new album, what frustrates him most in music, and more.
A$AP Rocky looks happy.
He’s sitting in a green room, waiting for his turn to film scenes for Pusha-T’s “MPA” video. Fellow Mob member A$AP Nast and longtime mentor Chase Infinite sit on a couch while Rocky relaxes in a vintage barber chair.
Before we begin our interview, he looks up at a rack of clothes and has an idea. He wants to throw on a “cozy” green Stussy robe. When he sits back down, he looks even more relaxed, laughing as jokes and smoke fill the room.
But Rocky’s happiness doesn’t just come from this; the state of hip-hop’s also got him smiling.
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Of the whole A$AP Mob, the Harlem-based hip-hop and fashion collective, A$AP Ferg is known as the most personable one. Funny and gracious in interviews, Ferg is someone you want to root for. Since the death of his good friend A$AP Yams last year, the 27-year-old rapper has spent much of the past few months working on projects that illustrate his wide-ranging interests outside of hip-hop. — from painting, to designing shoes, to creating rugs. Yes, rugs. This past Monday, Ferg unveiled his new Traplord rug at an event thrown by Fancy. He also released a new song, “Tatted Angel,” earlier this week, which discusses his feelings about the death of his good friend Yams.
Before his performance on Monday night, Ferg sat down with Maxim to discuss his new album (coming out in 2016), maturing as an artist, and painting with Swizz Beatz.
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VIBE caught up with A$AP Ferg at Art Basel 2015 in Miami to talk about his new adidas Skateboarding collaboration and more.
Tyler Grosso is that little emo kid in the corner at the party who gets more girls than pretty much everyone without even trying. He’s also a member of the infamous A$AP Mob and the founder of his own brand, Superrradical. He’s also probably one of the last people you would ever expected to do a podcast but I put in a few calls and made it happen. I got Tyler to tell me his entire story including some never before heard details about bootlegging Odd Future merch, being homeless, getting temporarily kicked out of A$AP and why he hates Travis Scott. All in all a great interview even though the video cut out towards the end.
00:30 Growing up
04:00 Making fake Odd Future merch
13:40 Meeting Yams
22:00 Sleeping on the floor
25:00 Asking people to wear your shirts
26:50 RIP Yams
34:00 Super Radical
39:00 Moving to California
57:00 Ass Pizza checks in
59:30 The Players Club
1:02:00 Getting kicked out of A$AP temporarily
1:05:00 Raider Klan beef
1:07:30 Why he hates Travis Scott
In 2013 A$AP Rocky was given a sneaker collaboration with adidas on a pair of all-black Jeremy Scott Wings sneakers, and it was only a matter of time before his right-hand man, A$AP Ferg, got his chance to work with the brand, too.
It’s two years later and a lot has changed for the A$AP Mob since those days. They’ve lost their mentor, A$AP Yams, and it’s directly affecting Ferg’s project with adidas, as he’s chosen to dedicate the sneaker he designed to the late Yams.
The collection comes in the form of two “Hood Pope” colorways of the adi-Ease skateboarding shoe, along with a T-shirt featuring a painting of Yams that Ferg did himself.
With Art Basel taking place in Miami right now, adidas and Ferg have gone down to Florida to open an art gallery, titled “Always Strive and Prosper,” for the collection, which opens today at 9 p.m. at 337 SW 8th St.
The sneakers also released today, too, and can be purchased here for $70. To further understand how this sneaker collaboration came about and how much Yams influenced it, we spoke to Ferg himself.
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Even in a year of significant upheaval and chaos, there’s a lot to appreciate. This Thanksgiving, we continued our annual tradition of asking members of the FADER family what they appreciated most this year. A$AP Ferg gave love to one of his biggest idols, Alessia Cara took time to evaluate her recent success, and Kranium kept it simple and sweet. Here’s to more success. *clinks glasses*
I’m thankful for Jay Z, because he showed us we could be entrepreneurs—more than just young artists. He told us to own our artistry and push the culture forward.
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A$AP Rocky joins Semtex at Maida Vale to talk about making his newest album and the different direction he’s taken to his first release. “With the first one it was just really all about singles,” says Rocky. “I’m a mainstream household figure at this point,” he explains as his reason for the change in direction.
He also explains how he’s designing his own live shows and discusses which Grime artists could crack the American market…
ASAP Ferg tells MTV News’ Nadeska Alexis about his new adidas Skateboarding collection inspired by A$AP Yams, working with Future and his sophomore album Always Strive And Prosper.
0:00 – The vibe of Ferg’s forthcoming Always Strive And Prosper
1:07 – Ferg’s beginnings as a clothing designer
1:27 – The inspiration behind Ferg’s new Traplord x adidas adi-Ease collaboration
2:33 – On his background as a visual artist and his new A$AP Yams-inspired painting
3:49 – Ferg remembers his friend Yams
5:06 – Rocky’s Cozy Tapes and the current state of A$AP Mob since Yams’ passing
6:38 – On moving beyond the world of hip hop into other genres and artistic disciplines
8:03 – Always Strive And Prosper album details, with production by Pharrell, 40 and many more
9:53 – How DJ Khalil brought together the sounds of so many different producers to form a cohesive album
10:55 – On directing the video for Future’s “Thought It Was A Drought” at Spike Lee’s house
11:33 – Album release plan and next single called “New Levels” feat. Future
Via MTV News.
It’s been a year of extremes for A$AP Rocky, or Pretty Flacko, the name he tells me he prefers when we are introduced. The Sundance premiere of Dope, in which the Harlem rapper made his acting debut, came just six days after the tragic loss of his friend and A$AP worldwide co-creator, A$AP Yams.
Yams’s (born Steven Rodriguez) print is all over Rocky’s latest album At.Long.Last.A$AP or A.L.L.A. He co-executive produced the album, and Rocky pays full tribute to his co-conspirator on the album cover by rocking Yams’s distinctive purple birthmark.
A.L.L.A is an impressive record. A considered chronicle of an artist transitioning from a young man filled with ambition, bravado and game to one who has truly lived and wishes to speak honestly. It also sees Rocky flex a more dexterous flow with a confidence that has him go toe-to-toe with Yeezy, Weezy, Juicy J, Future, Schoolboy Q, and, of course, Rod Stewart.
On the phone Rocky is warm, gracious and playful, constantly acknowledging and praising others. He explains that he wants to make the rawest music possible for his rawest fans and that he’s excited for next year’s Australia tour, presented by Noisey.
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A$AP Ferg stopped by ItsTheReal’s podcast show ‘A Waste of Time’ to discuss Timbaland, Missy Elliot, his new album and more. Listen below.
A$AP Rocky is late. Two hours late, to be exact. Then, out of nowhere, he rolls up (literally) to our cover shoot on an electronic skateboard, which he uses to travel from the door of his Escalade to the studio floor, approximately 30 feet away. “I’m just a big kid,” he shrugs, exposing a full-on golden smile—made of real gold—beneath his Céline shades. As with any kid, it’s hard to stay mad at him. But he’s not really a kid. He’s a 26-year-old Harlem-bred rapper who’s headlining the Theater at Madison Square Garden September 22 with fellow headline-making MCs Tyler, the Creator—who was recently banned from entering the U.K.—Vince Staples and Danny Brown. The event tops off a huge four years, during which Rocky’s ascended from releasing a mixtape (2011’s online freebie Live.Love.A$AP) to signing a $3 million deal with Sony, dropping two No. 1 albums and collaborating with Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Kanye West and, most recently, Rod Stewart on At.Long.Last.A$AP. (The record’s acronym, by the way, is a reference to Allah.) During our candid chat—which is all conducted while Rocky rides his skateboard—the stylish MC touches on everything from political hip-hop to why God created weed.
Continue reading on Time Out New York.