Although It’s been two years since the passing of A$AP Yams, his presence is still felt. A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg are ensuring it remains that way with their annual Yams Day concert at Madison Square Garden. In this candid conversation, the Harlem duo speak on Yams’ legacy, new music, fashion, cougars, run-ins with the law and more! Subscribe on iTunes.
The Mob was Stephen Colbert’s musical guest earlier this week on The Late Show, blessing the stage with a performance of “Crazy Brazy.” Watch Flacko, 12vy, and Key! shut it down with Hector Delgado on the 1s & 2s, above.
2016 can be marked as the year that ASAP Rocky completed his ascension from streetwear star to bona fide high fashion habitué. With the help of consistently killer front row style—see his Gucci Resort 2017 look—and his appointment as the new face of Dior Homme, Rocky became the “Fashion Killa” that he rapped about years ago. What’s been truly great about Rocky’s rise is a few things that have remained true; he hasn’t turned his back on any of the hallmarks that made him him. Rocky is still very Harlem jiggy, as evidenced by the floor-length mink he rocked at the Yeezy Season Three presentation. With his nostalgic Guess Jeans collaboration, he’s shown that he hasn’t forgotten the great streetwear brands of his youth. And no one can rock a classic ’90s style moment quite like him: white t-shirt tucked into light blue jeans, casually cinched with a belt, and topped with a black sport coat. Rocky is the rarest of style dudes; a man who can naturally embody the past and present with the ease of a furry Gucci mule. —Deidre Dyer
One of music’s most compelling figures, A$AP Rocky, traveled down to Miami for Art Basel and to toast his friend, and fellow music-maker, Russell Simmons at the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale bash. And while the Harlem native often makes a splash with his wardrobe and music, he took the opportunity to toast the art scene and the emerging talent. Here, Rocky shares snaps from his quick trip including checking out new pieces with fellow Basel newbie Sasha Lane in his signature pieces from Vlone and Gucci.
On the newest episode of GGN, Rocky and Snoop talk about music, fashion, the eras they most closely identify with, how beef gets blown out of proportion, being ridiculously high, and more. Get a taste of the tastemakers’ convo above and watch the full interview on Apple Music.
It’s been a long time coming, but as promised A$AP Mob has officially released their studio album Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends. The album’s cover clearly pays tribute to their late member A$AP Yams, while the tracks live up to the name “Friends” by not only featuring members of the Mob, but also a slew of artists they co-sign. There’s no shortage of up-and-coming rappers on the album as Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Madeintyo and Playboi Carti all drop verses; while “Nasty’s World” serves as a refreshing track featuring Onyx, a group that helped pave the way for many of today’s hip-hop collectives – including A$AP Mob. Tyler, the Creator also has a noteworthy contribution on the final track of the album “Telephone Calls” with friend/tourmate A$AP Rocky.
Despite the Mob’s frontman A$AP Rocky being seemingly everywhere over the past year, he still manages to appease his fans by hopping on a list of the Cozy tracks. Few artists in hip-hop have been able to navigate different worlds with as much success as Rocky, who has managed to solidify spots in music, high fashion and film. Adding to the impressive list of accolades is his recent partnership with MTV, where he’s landed a major role as a creative for the network. All of these achievements are a testament to his star power and with no signs of letting up anytime soon, it’s clear that Flacko’s in the game for the long haul.
We caught up with A$AP Rocky at a private Cozy Tapes listening session held in Los Angeles to ask him about the new album, his creative work with MTV and his hectic lifestyle. Check out the full discussion with Rocky below as he almost slips up to reveal some major upcoming personal projects in the works.
A$AP Yams may no longer be here in a physical form, but his vision is still alive and well. The Harlem-born musical genius behind the success of A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg and A$AP Mob as a whole is seeing his passion project come to fruition with Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends, the star-studded compilation project that Yammy always dreamed of. (His baby photo graces the album artwork).
The Mob—aforementioned breakout stars Rocky and Ferg, plus A$AP Nast, A$AP Twelvyy and A$AP Ant—banded together while mourning its visionary, who died of an accidental drug overdose in Jan. 2015. But the compilation album has been a long time coming. A$AP Mob dropped its freebie debut mixtape Lord$ Never Worry back in 2012, setting the stage for a proper studio project called L.O.R.D.. A$AP Nast led the way with the uber ‘90s nostalgia of “Trillmatic” in Dec. 2013, followed by A$AP Twelvyy’s “Xscape” and posse cut “Hella Hoes.” Yet after six months of album delays, Yams gave fans an update via his Tumblr account in Sept. 2014. “L.O.R.D. IS SCRAPPED,” he wrote, later citing “too many energies” and inability to “get everybody on the same page.”
But Yams had been filling his own pages with ideas for the project that would become A$AP Mob’s version of Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers—notes that are now in the possession of fashion-forward superstar and de facto leader A$AP Rocky.
Three days before the Halloween release of Cozy Tapes, Rocky sits back in a dark, smoky room at Hollywood’s famed Record Plant studio, rocking a black hoodie and ultra-wide black pants—a look he describes as “goth cozy.” He chats with Genius about the project’s recording process, eclectic influences, big-name guest list, and Yams’ guidance from beyond.