Dallas is a long way from West Baltimore, but that’s where we found Adam Kirkman, 20, known to the hip-hop world as A$AP Ant, on a July night.
“I’m performing on tour with Rocky right now,” says Kirkman, referring to A$AP Rocky, the rapper whose album LONG.LIVE.A$AP hit number one earlier this year and who leads the Harlem-based A$AP Mob, which has become a dominant force in hip-hop. “I’m doing the hyping up onstage.”
New visuals today from A$AP Ant and A$AP Nast for “The Way It Go” (produced by Milo) and “Trillmatic” (produced by A$AP Ty Beats). Directed by Jonah Schwartz during the mob’s Japan Tour. Trap Lord available in stores and iTunes August 20th.
With A$AP Rocky spearheading hip-hop, we wanted to catch up with the rest of the cohort who molded the foundations and core-values of the now ubiquitous A$AP movement. With industrious work ethics and an upfront approach to creativity, A$AP Mob have branched out onto different facets of the industry; Illz and his modeling endeavors and jewelry design; Josh in styling and his celebrated VLONE line with Twelvy; Nast and Addie on their hard-spitting rap techniques, while Yams overlooks every aspect of the Mob, keeping everyone in check with the unfaltering growth of success. Supported by Black Scale, A$AP Mob recently hit the road for a Japan tour. Amid the absence of Ferg and Twelvy — due to their own promotions of Trap Lord and playing support to Rihanna’s Diamond World Tour — we got a chance to sit down with the group for a very rare (first ever actually) interview outside of Rocky’s company. We caught up with the Mob prior to their Tokyo show and learnt more about the make-up of A$AP, how success has effected the group, and weather they take dress cues from each other. Amid catching the group on a reflective tip, we also learn more on the fledgling “New New York” scene — consisting of the likes of Bodega Bamz and Flatbush Zombies — and get a glimpse at their jam-packed Tokyo performance.
Hypebeast release part 2 of their Streetsnaps feature on the Mob from Tokyo. This time check out photos of A$AP Illz, A$AP Yams, and A$AP Ant. Photographer Simon Van Wijk/Hypebeast. You can check out part 1 featuring A$AP Nast and A$AP Josh here.
A$AP Ant just returned from his tour in Japan with A$AP Nast, and in our latest Inside The BOX., we sit down with Ant to speak on how he linked with the ASAP Mob, the ‘Coke N White Bitches’ remix and more. You can read the full interview over the next few pages below.
FreshNewMixtapes.net and The Raw Enterprise presents A$AP Ant and Fredo Santana headlining back to back concerts on the east coast. The first stop is in Virginia Beach, VA on June 19th followed by New Haven, CT on June 20th.
Get your tickets online here and join A$AP Ant on tour!
The Unico 1990 presented their second big event in Connecticut at the Bridgeport skateshop. They involved some of the good family such as Mosaic NY, LRG, Elite Soles, Deadline, The Low Life, and music by DJ INK. in this video ASAP Ant Performed “The Way It Go” off the Lord$ Never Worry Mixtape.
This Saturday A$AP Ant will be performing in Bridgeport, CT along with Young Diego, Ty Mack, and Clash Kamp. The 18+ event kicks off at 9pm. For tickets in advanced hit up @TheUnico1990 and @LOUIE_UNICO, $10 at the door.
A$AP Ant collaborates with fellow Baltimore artists Soduh and AL Rogers for this haunting cut titled “The Krays.” The feature comes straight from the recently released mixtape Nickel Bags from Baltimore’s CCL$ collective. Check out YG Addie’s cold verse over the Eyezaya produced beat.