In part two we look around A$AP’s tour bus studio, we hang out with Drake and Macklemore, and Rocky opens up about his late brother.
“SVDDXNLY” chronicles the ascension of one of raps brightest young stars, A$AP Rocky. From home videos and interviews with friends and family, to the very first seminal moments of his career caught on tape, Rocky takes viewers behind the scenes into his life as he takes A$AP from Harlem, to the world.
Music and fashion icon A$AP Rocky is killing the game on his own terms. With a #1 album under his belt and two more on the way, the 25 year-old rapper is fast cementing his position as one of the musical voices of his generation. We hang out with Rocky stateside to kickoff the youth revolution…
“You already know,” is a constant refrain of the A$AP Mob, the multimedia collective that launched A$AP Rocky. It’s part verbal tic, part truth. Because there’s a lot that you already know about A$AP Rocky, né Rakim Mayers, aka Lord Flacko. You know the look: full gold grill, French braids, conceptual designer duds. You know the music: wavy, eclectic, Southern-inflected rap that began with cult 2011 mixtape Live.Love.A$AP and peaked – so far – with last year’s Billboard #1 album Long.Live.A$AP. You know the bio: ambitious kid overcomes a Harlem childhood spent slinging yeyo and rolling dice on the corner to become a pop-culture phenomenon living up to his crew’s acronym: Always Strive and Prosper. So what don’t you know?
It’s an incredibly exciting time to be alive. The internet and social media have had a revolutionary impact on the way we interact, socialise, work and play, and as a result given rise to one of the most exciting and creative periods of recent decades. In The Girls + Boys Issue of i-D we explore what it means for boys and girls, like ourselves, growing up today. Splitting the issue down the middle, model of the moment Leona ‘Binx’ Walton heads up the GIRLS, while fashion’s favourite rapper A$AP Rocky heads up the BOYS.
With a number one album under his belt and two more on the way, A$AP Rocky is fast cementing his position as one of the musical voices of his generation. We hang out with the Harlem born rapper to discuss his new albums and the ever-progressive ways in which the digital world continues to shape our generation and beyond. “There are so many visionaries coming out of our time, it’s amazing,” A$AP enthuses. “We have the tools at our fingertips to do anything we want. It’s beautiful.”
A greater awareness and acceptance of people from all walks of life is one of the most positive and vital outcomes of our increasingly connected world. In her first commission for i-D, journalist, presenter and transgender rights activist Paris Lees celebrates the rise in transgender models, singers and spokespeople on television and in magazines. We also explore sexuality in a modern world, and rejoice in the news that many LGBT boys and girls in the Western world no longer feel outcast but accepted. Young feminist voices such as Petra Collins, Karley Sciortino, Phoebe Collings-James and Arvida Byström are harnessing the digital space to bring about a new sense of female empowerment. While NY artist and photographer Michael Bailey Gates proves that only, “aggressive thinkers with courage are what create change.”
The new faces in this issue spend anywhere between two and a whopping twenty hours a day on social media(!). For Tyler the Creator, it’s too much, but for others it inspires and influences everthing they do. We also catch up with two young starlets and one young designer on the cusp of great things; Emma Roberts and Emily Browning, and Jacquemus.
I’ll leave it to A$AP Rocky to conclude: “How would I describe our generation? Mother-fucking awesome!” We couldn’t agree more.
“SVDDXNLY” chronicles the ascension of one of rap’s brightest young stars, A$AP Rocky. From home videos and interviews with friends and family, to the earliest moments of his career caught on tape, Rocky takes viewers behind the scenes into his life as he takes A$AP from Harlem, to the world.
As promised, here is the collaborative effort between Joey Fatts and A$AP Rocky titled “Keep It G PT. II” found on Joeys latest project, Chipper Jones Vol. 3. Stream the track below and download the full project here.
Noisey just premiered the trailer for A$AP Rocky’s upcoming documentary SVDDXNLY, which will be rolled out in five parts beginning on 8/5. SVDDXNLY will give viewers an in-depth look at the lives and careers of A$AP Rocky and the rest of the A$AP Mob. Watch the full trailer on Noisey above.
Joey Fatts, who many of you may recognize as the producer of A$AP Rocky’s track “Jodye” on LongLiveA$AP, will be dropping his highly anticipated mixtape Chipper Jones Vol. 3 on August 3rd. He recently revealed the tracklist which includes a track with Rocky himself, titled “Keep It G Pt. 2,” produced by Cardo. Sounds like a dangerous recipe… Stay tuned.
Following the release of “Trillmatic” and “Xscape,” the Mob delivers yet another single off their forthcoming album L.O.R.D. with “Hella Hoes.” Listen to A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy go over the Nyrell-produced single below. Shouts to Funkmaster Flex and Hot 97 for the premiere.