It’s no secret that Drake and A$AP Rocky have a great friendship. In 2011 Drake introduced him during Fashion’s Night Out, last year he was one of the openers for the Club Paradise tour, and this year they have a platinum song together. While in Philadelphia for the Diamonds World Tour, Rocky did an interview with Hot 107.9 where he talked about how Drake put him on.
In his interview with Q Deezy, A$AP Rocky describes his first conversation with Drake and talks about how he put him on back when he was a “nobody”. He talks more about the story of Drake giving him money for the club, and also says that “he’s good people.” We couldn’t agree more Rocky! It’s always nice to see artists genuinely respecting one another.
A$AP Rocky is bringing his Harlem swag to the Great White North. The rapper took a break from touring on the Diamonds World Tour, alongside Rihanna, to shoot the video for his collaboration with P. Reign, “We Them Ni–as,” yesterday (March 20).
“The direction of the video is to take the lifestyles of Canada and New York and interpret it on camera,” A$AP Rocky tells Billboard of the Footage and Chubbs-directed pan-regional visual while on set at Toronto’s Silverline Studios. “It’s just easy to work with mother fuckers who know you creatively and believe in your shit. That’s why this shit just goes together perfectly, because mother fuckers ain’t afraid to take risks,” A$AP said of the collaboration with the Toronto rapper. Being the consummate sartorialist that he’s known to be, A$AP joked about bringing his high-fashion eye to the set. “We got this ni–a trying on Balmain and all that,” he laughed.
Hot97′s Peter Rosenberg has rounded up some of the Big Apple’s best new MCs for his New York Renaissance showcase at SXSW this Thursday (Mar. 14). On April 1 he’ll partner with Ecko Unlimited to release a mixtape from his billed artists, which include Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers and, of course, A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg, who set things off with the first leak: a freestyle over Mad Lion’s ’94 classic, “Take It Easy.”
A$AP Rocky rapped “my outfit was in Vogue, I’m a pretty boy” on the bonus track “Ghetto Symphony.” Two months after the debut, Rakim is on the cover of the March issue of L’Uomo Vogue. The Italian men’s publication features A$AP Rocky dressed fully in Dolce & Gabbana and wearing jewelry from Jacob & Co. Look for the entire feature coming soon.
Pretty Flvcko stopped by the neighborhood this morning and of course we had to ask him about ranking at number 8 on MTV’s Hottest MC’s list! Watch video to see what A$AP had to say and what number he thought he should have been. Don’t forget to leave a comment below and tell us what number A$ap should have ranked on the list.
A$AP talks about the first time his father met Schoolboy Q.
From the Rick Owens leathers to the Balenciaga finery, there’s no denying A$AP Rocky is a certified fashion killa (you can check his influence in other rapper’s closets). But the Harlem upstart spits more than designer labels from that gold-plated mouth. He followed his lean-drenched mixtape, Live.Love.A$AP, with a chart-topping debut that shows off his versatility and a penchant for crossing state lines when it comes to flow.
And while that helped Rocky to earn the title of #8 Hottest MC in the Game, Pretty Flacko’s buzz and his grasp on the intangibles also put him in contention for our list. RapFix Blog Editor Nadeksa Alexis laughed, “I don’t even know if we’re still using the word ‘swag,’ but that’s all him, and everyone sees that.”
We’re not sure what musicians have to hide, but when we spotted Justin Bieber in a facemask, we knew this was the new trend to watch. Since Michael Jackson thrilling back in the ’80s, the act of face covering has been on the scene. Recently fashion designers like Rick Owens, Walter Van Beirendonck, Alexander Wang and Maison Martin Margiela have been using facemasks to accentuate their creations, causing this fad to spread. From the runway to the streets, anonymity has become quite the trend in the modern music industry. We’ve seen deadmau5 and Daft Punk rocking their famed masks for years, but we’ve also recently spotted Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, and even the Biebs veiling their faces.
Sole Searching is an in-depth look at the sneakerheads that inspire hip hop culture and the shoes that have shaped rap. In this episode, we travel to the H-Town Sneaker Summit Winter 2013 during NBA All-Star Weekend to check out the new Reebox, limited-edition Supras, and signature “H-Town” watches from Flud. We also talk to the man behind LeBron James’ “Iron Man” Nikes.