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.
Kendrick Lamar and his Black Hippy brothers of Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and the bucket hatted, ScHoolboy Q will sell out your city twice in one day. K.Dot and the TDE team delivered 2 full sell-out shows presented by Hot 97 and hosted by Pete Rosenberg at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. Kendrick killed the crowd and was for the most part a one man show, running through some of his early material and much of his recent album, good kid M.A.A.D. city. The second show for the night turnt up with the surprise appearances of A$AP Rocky for a performance of “F*ckin Problems” and 50 Cent and Tony Yayo for “We Up”.
It’s only a short distance from the tough streets of Harlem to the front row of a New York fashion week runway show, but it’s a journey that very few rappers have made. A$AP Rocky, however, managed it even before the recent release of his No.1 debut album, Long.Live.A$AP. And his appearance at last month’s Paris fashion week, dressed in clothes by British designer Shaun Samson, reinforced the impression that he has come a long way from a childhood that inspired the line on his album’s title track, “I thought I’d probably die in prison”.
VICE has supported the A$AP Mob, the Flatbush Zombies, and the whole New New York hip-hop movement from jump. We’ve written so many damn articles and shot so many damn videos about these guys and what they’re doing, we’ve kind of run out of shit to say for right now. So, when we heard Rocky, Ferg, and the rest of the A$AP Mob would be rocking Brooklyn’s Public Assembly with Bodega Bamz and the Flatbush Zombies for Scion AV’s Open Mic event, we figured it’d be best to just send fancy photographer Don Brodie to the show to snap some choice pics.
Scion AV hosted another one of their great free events for the chosen few at Brooklyn’s Public Assembly with A$AP Rocky headlining and giving a first time performance of a few of his new album tracks including, “Angels” and “Fashion Killa.”
A$AP Rocky gets jiggy with VEVO for an in-depth look at the debut LONG.LIVE.A$AP. Dat PMF talks about the creative process of the album, the A$AP brotherhood, the state of New York hip hop, and more. Hit the video interview above.