22nd May2018

A$AP Rocky’s Complex May 2018 Cover Story

by @Djordje

“Have you ever cheated on your boyfriend?”

“No.”

“Don’t lie.”

A$AP Rocky and I are in a studio in Brooklyn for a cover shoot and interview, and he’s running the show. So far, he’s asked me when I bought my white, hoof-like Martin Margiela boots, what brands my black jeans and leather jacket are, whether or not I have a boyfriend, and how long I’ve been with said boyfriend. But there’s more he’d like to know.

“So, listen. Hold on, let me check,” he says. Committed to playing the role of interviewer, he looks down at the white notecards he borrowed from me and pretends to examine his next question. “You got any kids?”

“No.”

“Oh, yeah. We gotta mark that one off.” He pretends to draw an “X” with his fingers on the notecard. “Do you want any kids?”

“Yeah. One, maybe two. Do you want kids?”

“I do,” he says.

“Boy or girl?”

“Sometimes I say girl, sometimes I say boy. It depends. I’ll take whatever.”

“How many?”

“One or two. Maybe not right now, but eventually.”

“Too soon?”

“Nah, it’s not too soon for me.”

Rocky is extremely charming—magnetic personality, a perfectly chiseled jawline that hugs a perfect smile—when he wants to be. And right now, he’s in a playful and jovial mood. “I’m having fun by the way,” he says.

It’s a stark departure from just minutes ago. Earlier in our conversation, the 29-year-old Harlem rapper was avoiding my questions, telling me to never ask a few again. At one point, when I asked what happened to the luxury fur line he once said he’d been developing, he asked if I was “working with the feds.”

“Why are you trying to get me in trouble so much, bro?” he said. “Do you have actually have a vendetta against me? Why are you asking me about fur in 2018 knowing them PETA motherfuckers are gonna come looking for me, knowing I been killing my Instagram with furs the past couple months?”

It’s hard to tell if he was bored, tired, irritated, or high off the blunts he’d been hitting. Maybe it was a combination of everything. In any event, Rocky turns the charm on and off at will, and it’s impossible to tell when each version of Rocky will emerge. He doesn’t seem to care what I think, an interesting tactic for a rapper with more to sell than ever.

Continue reading on Complex.

12th Apr2018

(Video) A$AP Rocky Joins Peter Rosenberg for Debut Episode of Open Late

by @Djordje

On the premiere of Open Late with Peter Rosenberg, Peter sits down with A$AP Rocky to talk his upcoming album, his relationship with Kanye and more. Watch above.

06th Apr2018

(Video) Key! – Hater (Prod. by Kenny Beats)

by @Djordje

Key! returns today with the first song and video off his upcoming project, 777 Volume 1. Watch the Jimmy Regular-directed visual for “Hater” produced by Kenny Beats above. Be sure to read Key!’s interview with the FADER where he shares what you can expect from his new tape.

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.

18th Mar2018

(Video) Smooky MarGielaa Breaks Down “Stay ‘100’” On Genius

by @Djordje

Smooky MarGielaa turned heads last year with his melodic features on A$AP Mob’s project ‘Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy.’ The 15-year-old Bronx rapper kicked off his career as A$AP Rocky’s latest protégé and member of the AWGE collective.

As the son of a famous Malian singer and guitarist, Smooky naturally gravitated towards music and started rapping around 13. He’s continued to impress fans with a slew of solo singles, including the viral bop “Stay ‘100.’”

Produced by French beat-maker CashMoneyAP, the song reflects on Smooky’s newfound success and his desire to stay away from the streets. He tells Genius that he wrote the song during a trip to Los Angeles, as he reflected on all the hate he used to get before he was famous. The track also references the time he tried to sneak into Coachella with his friends.

Read more on Genius.

03rd Mar2018

(Video) A$AP Twelvyy Drops Bars and Buckets with Under Armour Basketball

by @Djordje

Hot off his debut album, 12, A$AP Twelvyy hits the court to show off his game. Twelvyy explains what it means to be in A$AP Mob and tells the story of how he got started in the the music industry. In this episode, both bars and buckets are on display. It’s Time to Shoot Your Shot.

Via Under Armour Basketball.

15th Feb2018

(Video) VIBE Goes Shopping For Books With A$AP Twelvyy

by @Djordje

VIBE goes shopping for books with A$AP Twelvyy. Watch above.

05th Feb2018

(Video) Smooky MarGielaa Interview with No Jumper

by @Djordje

Smooky sits down with No Jumper for an exclusive interview. Watch above.

05th Feb2018

(Video) The Making Of A$AP Ferg’s “Plain Jane” Video With AWGE

by @Djordje

A$AP Ferg’s “Plain Jane” was easily one of the biggest hip-hop songs of 2017, peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The ‘Still Striving’ track was also popular on Genius and its official lyrics page currently has over 1.2 million views. “Plain Jane” also gained notoriety for its energetic and gritty music video, directed by the A$AP Mob’s creative collective called AWGE.

Via GENIUS.

31st Jan2018

Smooky MarGielaa Talks To Interview Magazine

by @Djordje

In an era flooded with rappers who only seem to be getting younger, the 15-year-old Bronx star Smooky Margielaa stands out. He’s emerged in a cluttered New York rap environment, where artists and collectives from every borough are striving to become the next Bobby Shmurda or Cardi B. His local contemporaries include the artists in Brooklyn’s drill scene, the lo-fi Slums crew that stretches from Crown Heights to the Bronx, Staten Island’s Squidnice, and Queens’ Flee. Amid the competition, Margielaa’s got a rare ability to render emotionally resonant AutoTuned melodies in sharp detail, recalling the late Speaker Knockerz.

Margielaa credits his style to the West African music he encountered during his youth. His dad is the famous Malian musician Abdoulaye Diabaté; Margielaa grew up playing the balafon, a West African instrument similar to a xylophone. “When I play the balafon, it has melodies in it,” he explained to Pigeons and Planes. “Sometimes, you can hear that melody in my voice.” This experience lends a depth to his music lacked by many of his peers in the realm of teen-centric internet rap.

Continue reading on Interview Magazine.

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.”

Continue reading on GQ.

23rd Jan2018

A$AP Ferg Talks New Collaboration With Hennessy, How His Family Shaped His Character

by @Djordje

In a new campaign launched by Hennessy, A$AP Ferg reps his beloved Uptown through three passions: art, music, and Cognac. Fans can now experience the rapper’s “Never stop. Never settle” story through a tasty drink, “The Uptown,” and its The Hennessy Uptown Inspired by A$AP Ferg Cocktail Kit.

The first 100 orders (via CocktailCourier.com) will receive a limited-edition vinyl of Ferg’s new track “Family” and a pressed record with the cover art painted by the rapper himself. The Uptown’s campaign video meets the MC in his stomping grounds, with the Hennessy team spotlighting “[the] unique creative process that’s established him as a master behind the mic, as well as in other endeavors, including painting.”

Billboard went behind the canvas with Harlem’s Trap Lord, as the mogul also shared his artistic ambitions, his one-of-one cognac recipe, the influence of family on his career, what the late A$AP Yams taught him, and what upcoming projects fans can expect from him.

Continue reading on Billboard.

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