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)
A$AP Ferg was putting in work at Bonnaroo Festival over the weekend. Complex News’ Jinx sat down with the Trap Lord to talk about the forthcoming A$AP Mob album, L.O.R.D., and their creative process during the recording process. According to Ferg, the whole crew went out West to record the album so they could get some quiet time, but you already knew New York doesn’t know how to be quiet.
The Mob is hoping on a more cohesive album to show off the younger members of the crew. Meanwhile, A$AP Ferg’s been stealing releasing music and today dropped “How to Rob the Mob.” Watch our interview with A$AP Ferg above, who looks extra cozy boy status, too.
While out in Korea, A$AP Josh took the time to sit down with HIPHOPLE to discuss what he’s doing during his visit there, the origins of A$AP, as well as his upcoming brand ADVNT. Read the full interview here. PS. Get your translators ready.
The Roots hosted their 7th Annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia over the weekend. One of the acts to blaze the stage at this year’s festival was the Trap Lord from Harlem, A$AP Ferg. The Mob member was a crowd favorite from the moment he started his set. Performing his hits “Work,” “Shabba,” “Dump Dump” and more, Ferg lit up the crowd with his highly addictive tunes.
With a new A$AP Mob album in the works, and the single “Hella Hoes” scheduled to drop very soon, we caught up with the Fergenstein to discuss his first experience at the Roots Picnic, the M.I.A. tour he just wrapped up, another possible Bape collab and more.
Always Strive And Prosper. Before Ferg joined the A$AP Mob, he already lived by their motto thanks to his father Darold Ferguson. While residing in Harlem’s notorious Hamilton Heights neighborhood, Ferg senior established a reputation as a renowned hustler. He printed shirts and designed logos for luminaries including Bad Boy Records, Teddy Riley, Heavy D and Bell Biv DeVoe.
Inspired to carry his father’s legacy after his death, A$AP Ferg pursued fashion and attended art school. He was later convinced to focus on music by friends and was featured on A$AP Rocky’s first mixtape Deep Purple. With his creative background as the foundation, Ferg’s vocal experimentation and unique visual direction ensured he was the second major label signee from the A$AP mob.
Ferg’s debut Trap Lord was released last year, and included bangers such as “Work” (remix,) “Shabba” and “Hood Pope.” Before his June show at the NXNE Festival in Toronto, he told me about working with Bone Thugs on “Lord,” Diddy calling him after his record deal, speaking regularly to Fab Five Freddy and wanting to collaborate with Phil Collins.
Serving as the third installment of Elite Daily’s “Leaders of The New Cool” series, the voice of Gen-Y kicks it with one of the founding fathers of the world renowned A$AP MOB, A$AP iLLZ.
Since their formation in 2005, the A$AP Mob — a collective of rappers, producers, music video directors and fashion designers — has become one of the most influential groups in the urban sphere.
iLLZ, an aspiring jewelry designer and model, is well on his way to becoming a household name, much like his fellow peers Rocky and Ferg.
During our conversation, iLLZ touches on the significance of social media, the juxtaposing of “hood” and “high fashion,” as well as what it means to be a part of one of the most highly-respected conglomerates in entertainment today.