“I have many closets,” says A$AP Rocky. How many? “A few…” He cracks a smile that would look shy if it weren’t exposing two diamond-encrusted gold teeth.
It’s hardly a secret that Rocky is into fashion. He’s namechecked every major designer in his lyrics, from Balenciaga to Ann Demeulemeester. He’s starred in campaigns for his friend Alexander Wang. He regularly sits front row at New York Fashion Week. And, in 2013, he collaborated on a line with Raf Simons. He also collects vintage Issey Miyake, he tells me.
His latest venture though, has a more personal feel. Recently, Rocky reached out to GUESS to express his appreciation for the brand’s role in hip-hop history and how much it meant to him growing up. Not long after, he was flying out to LA, where the brand let him loose in its archive. The result is Archive: GUESS Originals x A$AP Rocky, a throwback collection of men’s and women’s pieces that look like 1996 but fit like 2016. There are striped tees stitched with “GUE$$ JEANS USA,” cute acid-washed crop tops, and skinny overalls printed with Rocky’s customized version of the brand’s iconic triangle.
With festival season quickly approaching, many are beginning to unveil their initial lineups for the spring and summer. Earlier this week Sasquatch! announced their 2016 festival which will include performances by A$AP Rocky, Florence + the Machine, Major Lazer, Jamie XX, Vince Staples, Vic Mensa, Grimes, M83 and many more. It all goes down during Memorial Day weekend in Quincy, Washington. Tickets are available now.
At our Under 30 summit in Philadelphia this fall, Rakim “A$AP Rocky” Mayers was among the last to arrive at our group cover shoot.
“Sorry,” he said with a grin, decked out in a full-length Dior coat. “I’m fashionably late.”
Indeed, nobody in the hip-hop world has been more fashionable of late. The Harlem-born mixtape maven grew up shuttling between homeless shelters, swaggering into mainstream consciousness with debut album Long.Live.A$AP, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 2013, helping him earn an estimated $5 million that year.
But it’s his fashion sense–modeling for DKNY and creating a capsule collection for Guess–that makes him ascendant. Rocky is focused on his creative collective, AWGE, which does everything from designing album artwork to managing stylists.
“To be able to curate and manage my own business,” he says, “I always wanted to do it.”
After 4 years, A$AP Rocky is once again making his return to the stages of Indio, CA for the 2016 edition of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. This years festival spans from April 15-17 and April 22-24. General admission tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 6 at 11am PST. Check out the full line up below.
Today marks the release of Pusha T’s new album, Darkest Before Dawn. Featured on the album is “M.P.A.,” a collaboration with Kanye West, A$AP Rocky and The Dream. Stream the track below and be sure to cop the album on iTunes. Look out for the video to drop soon as well.
He’s sitting in a green room, waiting for his turn to film scenes for Pusha-T’s “MPA” video. Fellow Mob member A$AP Nast and longtime mentor Chase Infinite sit on a couch while Rocky relaxes in a vintage barber chair.
Before we begin our interview, he looks up at a rack of clothes and has an idea. He wants to throw on a “cozy” green Stussy robe. When he sits back down, he looks even more relaxed, laughing as jokes and smoke fill the room.
But Rocky’s happiness doesn’t just come from this; the state of hip-hop’s also got him smiling.
The list of nominations for the 2016 Grammy Awards has officially been released. A$AP Rocky’s visual for “L$D” is up for Best Music Video, going up against the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and Pharrell. Huge congrats to Flacko, Dexter Navy, and Shin Nishigaki on their incredible work. You can check out a full list of this years nominees over on Billboard.
Best Music Video
A$AP Rocky, “LSD”
The Dead Weather, “I Feel Love”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
Pharrell Williams, “Freedom”
In honor of the Mob’s first ever visit to Hong Kong, A$AP Rocky decided to bless fans at Clockenflap by performing an unreleased song. Check out “Yamborghini High,” an ode to the late A$AP Yams, above.