Hailing from perhaps one of the most triumphant and momentous hip-hop movements of the 21st century, comes the underdog not as much a household name as his labelmates… yet that is. you have the vocalist, stylistic, kingpin of his group and trade Rocky, his name and his heartthrob complexion as well known in Harlem as the colossal political figure before him Malcolm X, and his slugs as bright as the entirety of the Mob’s future. you have Ant, the absolutely necessary, grimey-Baltimore representer that all hip-hop groups ought to possess. then there’s Yams, his name deriving from a 2009 Triple C’s anthem about cocaine, his “lean-spill” birthmark notorious throughout the music industry and a proper representation of the mastermind behind A$AP. and of course there’s A$AP Lou, the frequent lean-picture-taker, sole Caucasian face in the Mob. and amongst several other members, Twelvvy, Nast, Ty Beats, Ferg, Bari, etc., thus spawns a newer face of the Mob, a face with the most room for growth, a face with the up-most potential, and his youthful likes gives room for a career of great longevity.
A$AP Lotto, the face of Miami in the Mob. And his strive and drive is that of a 2011 Rocky, with the grit of a “Coke & White Bitches” Ant, but Lotto can hardly get compared to anyone but himself. I conducted an interview with the Mob member, answering everything from his inspirations, to his aspirations, and even to what in fact A$AP Lou actually does.
A$AP Ferg is a designer and rapper on a creative search to make music unconstrained by the boundaries of the Hip Hop scene. Having grown up in Harlem with i-D cover star A$AP Rocky, Ferg started out designing clothing for his own brand whilst at art school before joining A$AP Mob, i-D caught up with the Hood Pope in Mexico to talk about EDM, selling out and working with female rappers.
Rappers almost always take anxiety levels up a few notches in interviews – whether it’s erratic behavior, big egos or simply the knowledge that they could beat the living shit out of you. However, some rappers will delight you with their courtesy, manners and general willingness to throw strong banter. ASAP Ferg is one of them.
While Ferg was out on his European tour he sat down with splash!-Mag to talk a couple things. Ferg dives into his experiences at the recent fashion shows in Berlin and Paris and the threads that are filling up his tour bus. He also speaks about going to art school and some #LiLLiTeCARdio
Look to no one other than Ferg for the definition of success. But how’d he get there? He takes to Brisk’s Rap PSA program to explain, and it’s pretty simple: surround yourself with successful people, and laugh a lot. Just. Laugh. And then go take a nap.
When it comes to style, A$AP Bari is the go-to guy, no matter whether you’re referring to streetwear or high-end brands. Born Jabari Shelton, the Harlem native is a founding member of one of the most influential crews in rap, the A$AP Mob. Although he doesn’t rhyme, his contributions to the crew are still valuable. He takes care of everything creatively and connects the dots. As the story goes, Bari introduced Rocky to A$AP’s musical genius Yams. They’ve been making history ever since.
While Bari maintains a low-profile within the fashion industry, he makes large contributions to some of streetwear’s most infamous brands. One of his most recent endeavors has been the launch of his own clothing line, Vlone.
A$AP Bari made it clear that he stays away from interviews, unless it feels right. Fortunately, Mass Appeal was able to sit down Bari and chop it up with him regarding his style influences, Basquiat, the first Vlone collection, his love for talking shit on tracks, and much more.
A$AP Ferg took a few minutes out from a wild time down at Bonnaroo to speak with Complex News about his style hero Ralph Lauren. The Harlem native clearly and correctly holds Lauren at legend status, and his knowledge of the designer’s clothing offerings and biography is serious. Taking cues from Ralph, perhaps, Ferg also spoke about the Trap Lord line, which is expanding from tour merch to a full-fledged line. He even wondered out loud if he should get into the prophylactic game. Watch the video above to hear Ferg wax poetic about RL, music festival essentials, and upcoming collaborations with Trap Lord.
In this Interview with Montreality, A$AP YAMS speaks about:
– The type of student he was at school (0:51)
– Jobs he had as a teenager growing up (2:23)
– What he was in a previous life (3:20)
– His favorite cartoon character (4:04)
– His favorite video game (6:10)
– Industry attempts to separate him from A$AP ROCKY (7:04)
– A$AP ROCKY’s next album, Houston influence (8:03)
– A$AP being #1 in New York, Not getting enough recognition (11:20)
– A$AP MOB Album dropping at the end of August (13:37)
– His favorite R. Kelly song (14:08)
– His message to the youth (14:51)