15th Sep2018

A$AP Rocky Tells the Story Behind His New Under Armour Sneaker

by @Djordje

If anyone not named Kanye West is responsible for the decade-long love affair between high fashion and hip-hop, it’s A$AP Rocky. The Harlem rapper was shouting out Raf Simons and Rick Owens long before those designers were household names, and even longer before those same brands made sure he had first access to their newest wares. So it was more than a little surprising when the leader of the A$AP mob, showed the world his very first sneaker back in May—and it looked a whole lot like a much-maligned, 20-year-old skate shoe, the ultra-chunky, tongue-heavy Osiris D3. While peers like ‘Ye Big Sean, Pusha T, and Pharrell had jumped headlong into sneaker design, Rocky, ever the iconoclast, had taken his time…and rebooted a vintage skate shoe?

Continue reading on GQ Magazine.

06th Apr2018

(Video) A$AP Ferg Shows GQ How to Tie a Durag

by @Djordje

A$AP Ferg reveals his technique for tying a durag and getting the waviest waves.

Via GQ.

28th Jan2018

A$AP Ferg on How the New Rock Stars Are Rappers (and Why He Doesn’t Hang Out with Them)

by @Djordje

Once known mostly as A$AP Rocky’s stylish and raucous running mate, A$AP Ferg has spent the past several years carving out his own territory as an artist: bombastic and emotional, confessional, a little disrespectful. He’s a curious and restless musician who also, when he feels like it, will make a song like “New Level,” with Future, that could destroy a whole city skyline. In person, he has a round, friendly face, and today—reclining on a couch in a photo studio on the west side of Manhattan—red leather pants. Last August, he released a galvanizing mixtape, Still Striving. But he’s already working on the next thing. “I’m rapping like I’ve never rapped before,” he says. “Pushing myself as an artist to make better art. And just try to make more effective art. Art with intention.”

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24th Oct2017

(Video) A$AP Rocky Answers Questions From Raf Simons, André 3000, Mahershala Ali, and More

by @Djordje

“Let’s embrace the chaos,” A$AP Rocky says. We’re backstage in Philly after A$AP Mob’s big show and Rocky is feeling the energy of his crowded dressing room. “Rolling Stones in 1967, feel me?” So we set up our cameras and served up questions we’d collected from a few of Rocky’s famous friends and admirers, like Raf Simons, André 3000, Mahershala Ali, Dior designer Kris Van Assche, and Rocky’s Dope co-star Shameik Moore. Fellow Mob members A$AP Ferg, Nast, Twelvyy, and Ant chimed in with a few of their own questions and answers, too—until the fire alarm went off and we all had to run out of there. Check it out in the video above, and see the full interview and cover shoot here.

Via GQ Style.

24th Oct2017

A$AP Rocky Talks New Album, Under Armour Deal, and His Deep Love of Flowers

by @Djordje

Our interview with A$AP Rocky was supposed to take place backstage after an A$AP Mob concert in Philly, in a quiet, empty room, but in the moment, Rocky had a better idea. “We need to capture this chaos right here,” he said, gesturing around his dressing room, still packed with Mob members, girls, security guards, other unidentified loiterers, and even (according to A$AP Ferg, anyway) a loose mouse. “Let’s embrace the chaos,” Rocky suggested. “Rolling Stones in 1967, feel me?”

He took his spot in the middle of a leather couch, surrounded by his old friends from Harlem—Ferg, Nast, Ant, and Twelvyy—and started methodically breaking down a small mound of weed as he spoke in a post-concert rasp. Every so often, he’d tease me for asking so many questions. But some of them he didn’t mind so much: GQ Style had collected them from a few of Rocky’s notable friends and admirers, with a promise of bringing back answers.

The chaos Rakim Mayers attracts is a result of his charisma, which is raw and uncut. It is el puro, perhaps the purest of any star in pop culture—Hollywood, music, fashion, whatever. And given that Rocky’s mom named him and his elder sister, Erika B. Mayers, after Eric B. & Rakim, it was only natural that a kid who seems to crank up the color saturation whenever he walks into a room would channel his God-given wattage into rap music. From the beginning, though, Rocky also established himself as a style innovator and made fashion an inextricable part of his music. In his breakout video, for “Peso,” he repped hard-edged, gothic-leaning streetwear like Black Scale, as well as more established avant-garde fashion like Rick Owens and Y3, while rapping, Raf Simons, Rick Owens usually what I’m dressed in. That was back in 2011, long before he cemented Simons’s unlikely hip-hop-icon status with the song “Raf” this July. It’s not a stretch to say Rocky is partially responsible for making European high fashion as much a part of hip-hop and pop culture as streetwear.

Continue reading on GQ Style.

26th Apr2016

A$AP Ferg Is Ready to Tell the Truth About A$AP Ferg

by @Djordje

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A$AP Ferg is not who you he think he is.

On paper, the Harlem-bred rapper is cocky and brash, seemingly taking pages out of a long-standing rap playbook: He gives himself nicknames like Trap Lord and Hood Pope, and on 2013’s “Shabba,” his biggest single to date, he raps about how “dirty van bitches wanna suck my dick.” He regularly wears mink jackets and a gold grill in his mouth. He makes music videos that fashion him into one of Jesus’s disciples.
But, as he’ll tell you, the real Ferg is far more complex.

Born Darold Ferguson Jr., the 27-year-old is an experimenter, an oddball, and an adaptable artist who figured he’d be a fashion designer—he designed T-shirts alongside his late boutique-owning father and even started his own line of belts. But he wound up a rapper. “I was designing, making money off that,” he says of the teenage years he spent painting silk-screened shirts by hand with a paintbrush and acrylic paints, following in his dad’s footsteps. “But I had another talent,” Ferg says. “Rapping.”

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29th Jun2015

A$AP Rocky Explains How Not to Piss Off Anna Wintour

by @Djordje

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Congratulations, Rock—you’re one of the 20 Most Stylish Men Alive. In the magazine we’re showing a photo of you In Milan. You’re wearing—
Let me guess: The black leather moto jacket with the black ripped jeans and Hermès belt?

Uh, yeah.
[Laughs] That’s one of my favorite outfits, bro.

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22nd Jun2015

A$AP Rocky Named One of GQ’s 20 Most Stylish Men Alive

by @Djordje

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We got scientific on this. Hundreds of candidates considered. Thousands of street style photos analyzed. (To see exactly how scientific, click here.) We even spent several hours just contemplating Jared Leto’s hair. Then, after endless rounds of debate, we finalized our list and made it the cover of the July issue.

This is not about the celebrities who spend the most cash on designer clothes or hire the best stylists. Instead, we were looking for guys who carry themselves through the world with confidence and originality. Men who follow their own spirit guides. (Something tells us Kanye’s is a peregrine falcon, but don’t ask us why.) Men who can teach us a thing or two about how to get dressed—and whose moves we most want to steal.

So here they are: The twenty most stylish men alive.

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18th Jun2015

Check Out A$AP Rocky’s 90’s Hip-Hop Playlist for GQ Magazine

by @Djordje

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Set in 2015, the coming-of-age comedy Dope is steeped in the sound of the ’90s: Malcolm, the protagonist (whose chance drug gain sets off the story), is obsessed with retro rap. But Rocky, in his acting debut, is the film’s true music authority. And while Chanel Iman—also in her acting debut—may be a bit more familiar with the runway than the recording studio, she knows a classic tune when she hears one. We asked both of them to make us ’90s playlists.

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25th Mar2015

A$AP Rocky Speaks to GQ on His New Album, His Movie ‘Dope’ & More

by @Djordje

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It’s 1 P.M. On sunday and A$AP Rocky is lying on a sun-bleached wood banquette on the roof of his Hollywood home. With braided hair, an easy smile, and a square jaw, the kid’s not nicknamed Pretty Flacko for nothing. And from the canines back, top and bottom, his teeth glitter with pavé diamonds as an extra treat for the human eye. “I know it’s some weird shit,” Rocky says, fish-hooking his mouth with a finger to show off his new dental work. “But it’ll be cooler in two weeks, when it’s finished.”

Rocky is two all-nighters into a music-making bender and says he’s not tired, but he’s moving as if underwater and speaking in subdued non sequiturs. “It’s still my day before yesterday,” he says. And then, of the three-bedroom house with a beautiful kitchen and a treadmill where furniture should be: “I’m gonna miss it here. This was a place to fuck chicks, and I’ve outgrown it.”

Continue reading on GQ Magazine.

25th Mar2015

(Photos) GQ: A$AP Rocky in The Year’s Best Sportswear

by @Djordje

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Good news: There’s a stylish new way of getting dressed that’s specifically tailored for guys on the move. And the look’s got just the right amount of Jetsons to it: techy fabrics, a clean pair of sneakers, and a throw-it-away attitude. Nobody wears it better than globe-trotting rapper and fashion killer A$AP Rocky.

Via GQ Magazine.

25th Mar2015

(Video) A$AP Rocky Raps Verse Off New Album At.Long.Last.A$AP on Set for GQ

by @Djordje

A$AP Rocky previews a verse (from an undisclosed song) that will be on his upcoming album At.Long.Last.A$AP, while at the photo shoot for his story in GQ’s April issue.

Via GQ Magazine.

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