17th Oct2017

A$AP Ant Wants To Be The Kanye West of Baltimore

by @Djordje

Ask Adam Kirkman when he got into fashion, and he’ll tell you he’s always been “fresh.”

The 24-year-old Baltimorean grew up admiring the skaters who frequented city streets as well as the sneakers at Gentei, a now-defunct streetwear store off Morton Street. Now, he has 300 pairs of sneakers by his mother’s estimation and his own line of skatewear, plus a budding rap career.

“Seventh grade going into eighth grade, the back-to-school clothes … that was the step into the game,” he said. “I remember telling some girl ‘I’m about to wear skinny jeans’ — she was like ‘Ew, don’t wear no skinny jeans’ — now her boyfriend probably wears skinny jeans.”

Kirkman, better known by his stage names A$AP Ant and YG Addie, is the only Baltimore native in the A$AP Mob, a rap collective based in Harlem. Additionally, he’s one of the members breaking into the fashion world via his skatewear brand, Marino Infantry.

Continue reading on The Baltimore Sun.

13th Oct2017

(Video) In Your Face: Interview with A$AP Rocky

by @Djordje

Love, Sex, Dreams. Celebrated rapper A$AP Rocky was interviewed by Lou Stoppard in his hotel room in Shanghai for our confrontational ‘In Your Face’ series. The pair talk everything from Raf Simons, Harlem and the stigma surrounding drug-use, to what it means to be a man in 2017.

Via SHOWstudio.

01st Oct2017

A$AP Rocky Interview with ES Magazine

by @Djordje

Seven o’clock on a Tuesday morning, and I am standing behind Selfridges on the corner of Duke Street and Edwards Mews.

In front of me, sitting in a shopping trolley that has just been shoved into the middle of the road by one of his crew, laughing his head off as a black cab is forced to come to an abrupt stop, is A$AP Rocky. In front of him is Juergen Teller, snapping away, also grinning at the scene that is developing. At the behest of his subject, Teller will soon also be in a shopping trolley, as will a member of the ES fashion team, joining the orchestrator of this chaos in a three-cart race from one side of the street to the other.

‘That’s lit!’ said orchestrator beams, more than once.

Rewind about half an hour and we are in a meeting room above Selfridges. Rocky, having turned up just before 7am pushing one of those three shopping trolleys (he requested five last night), clasping a hot drink, answers my cursory ‘How’s it going?’ with a sheepish grin and a withered, ‘I’m tired, man’. He has, it transpires, been up for a long time — 48 hours or so — and has come straight from the studio. Later, I will ask the artist responsible for the best single of 2015, ‘LSD’, whether he still likes to take lots of LSD.

Continue reading on ES Magazine.

26th Sep2017

A$AP Mob’s 5 Tips To Staying Sane on Tour

by @Djordje

New York-based hip hop collective A$AP Mob stormed onto the scene in 2012 with a self-released viral mixtape and haven’t looked back since, going on to claim #1 album spots on the Billboard charts while also impacting the worlds of fashion, art, and film.

Comprised of rappers, record producers, video directors, and fashion designers, The Mob has earned both critical and popular acclaim for their swag-heavy trunk rattling sound, keeping their rabid fanbase satisfied with a steady output of music releases and various other projects.

The Mob’s most well-known member, A$AP Rocky, is one of the most ubiquitous figures in pop culture and a good measure for just how large the collective’s impact has been. Serving as creative director at MTV and the face of Dior Homme, Rocky’s style and sound has caught the attention of the industry’s leading eyes and ears, earning two features on Lana Del Rey’s recent critically acclaimed album and even landing a role in “Zoolander 2.”

Continue reading on Philly Voice.

23rd Sep2017

ASAP Twelvyy on Kyrie Irving, Michael Jackson’s Spirit and Spreading the Love

by @Djordje

Between dropping his long awaited debut album “12” to critical acclaim this summer and the continued success of ASAP Mob, ASAP Twelvyy is riding pretty high right now.

The rapper hopes to bring those good vibes to the Boston area when he and the rest of the ASAP crew perform at Tsongas Center in Lowell this weekend. ASAP Twelvyy tells Metro that he has a lot of love for Massachusetts and expects Saturday’s show “to be turnt.”

Aside from bringing the party to Bay State fans, the hip-hop star is excited to be back in town so he can bask in the glow of the region’s many championship-winning teams, namely the Celtics. ASAP Twelvyy is happy to see Kyrie Irving take his talents to Boston and thinks that the team will be exciting to watch this season.

“I know the whole Massachusetts area is on fire. You got Kyrie. It’s a rebirth right now,” he says. “I would love to see Kyrie and Gordon Hayward kill, and Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. It’s going to be real exciting.”

Continue reading on Metro Boston.

23rd Sep2017

Smooky MarGielaa Interview with Pigeons & Planes

by @Djordje

On a chilly Friday night in early 2017, Murda Beatz got off the elevator at Manhattan’s Platinum Sound Studios and bumped into a teenage rapper wearing designer jeans and seemingly in the midst of his growth spurt.

“Smooky!” Murda exclaimed, dapping up his young friend. They chatted for a moment before Smooky MarGielaa returned to his session down the hall.

“Send me beats!” he called to Murda over his shoulder. Smooky’s request did not appear opportunistic, despite Murda’s exalted stature and connections to artists like Drake, PartyNextDoor, and Migos. It appeared organic and neighborly, as though the two of them were certain to reap a windfall from the combination of their talents.

It is true—Smooky MarGielaa is 15 years old, and there is no rapper his age better positioned to ascend to rap stardom. The Bronx native is ASAP Rocky’s newest protégé and a member of AWGE, ASAP Mob’s creative collective.

Continue reading on Pigeons & Planes.

17th Sep2017

(Video) A$AP Twelvyy Guest Appears on Desus & Mero

by @Djordje

A$AP Twelvyy talks about positivity, Halloween, and being an “untraditional New York rapper” with Desus & Mero.

14th Sep2017

(Video) Live at the Sonos Store: A$AP Ferg with Andrew Carmellini

by @Djordje

On Talkhouse’s premiere food culture episode (part of its new Talkhouse x Food Republic series), New York City chef and restaurateur Andrew Carmellini meets Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg at the flagship Sonos store in NYC. In their conversation, they discuss the challenges of their respective crafts, their role as leaders, branding, cooking and more. Check out these two New York cultural titans chopping it up, and subscribe now on iTunes or Stitcher to stay in the loop on future episodes of the Talkhouse Podcast.

Via Talkhouse.

11th Sep2017

(Video) Mass Appeal ‘Open Space’ Interview with Smooky MarGielaa

by @Djordje

Smooky Margielaa has had quite the start to his young career. The 15-year-old Bronx native appears four times on the latest A$AP Mob album, ‘Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy’, and has garnered the support of A$AP Rocky, Lil Yachty and Juicy J—just to name a few—in recent weeks and months. In the latest episode of “Open Space,” Margielaa sits with us to discuss how he got this hot this quickly, and plans for his upcoming project, ‘Margiela Mad Man.’

“I used to play an instrument and all that, so it’s like the music is in my blood, feel me?” Smooky tells MASS APPEAL during his brief interview. “Any time I get in the booth, I just spit melodies. Sometimes I spit melodies and I’m like, ‘What the hell? Oh, this one is fire,’ feel me? I don’t even be believing I be doing it. It’s crazy.”

Smooky is making the best of his burgeoning fame, but he nearly never met A$AP Rocky or appeared on the ‘Cozy Tapes’ album. In a recent interview, he explained how he snuck into a Bronx club after meeting Rocky, a slick move that impressed the Harlem star. Afterwards, the two linked back up in Los Angeles to make music, and the legend of Smooky was born.

Smooky arrived to his MASS APPEAL interview with Drew Drippy, a friend and fellow Bronx native that helped Smooky graduate from making songs on a phone app to getting into the booth and forming a relationship with a manager who doubled as a math tutor. “At first, Smooky wasn’t really with it. ‘I don’t know, my teacher, my mom, parents…,’” says Drippy. “I’m like, ‘Yo. If it’s really that serious, you could have the teacher call your parents, tell them it’s an afterschool program,’ feel me?”

Whatever it takes. Watch Smooky and Drew recount their come-up in “Open Space” above.

Via Mass Appeal.

05th Sep2017

(Video) A$AP Twelvyy Rates Fantasy Football, Frank Sinatra, and Fishing With Putin

by @Djordje

He also rates block parties, counting bread, sleeping on the train, and more in this episode of Over/Under

Via Pitchfork.

03rd Sep2017

A$AP Mob Interview with XXL

by @Djordje

Inside Platinum Sound Recording Studios there’s roughly 30 music industry folks drinking Brooklyn Lagers and eating an assortment of deli meats and mini sandwiches. As a bevy of weed smoke fills up the air, A$AP Ant a.k.a YG Addie, J. Scott, A$AP Lou, Key!, A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky are seen relaxing on the couch as onlookers surround them. The scene is the definition of cozy; from tracksuit shorts to baggy T-shirts, A$AP Mob are chilling like they’re in their own living room. Rocky introduces what’s to come and begins to play the first fours songs of Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy. While the project can be heard throughout the room, Rocky gets his Spike Jonze on, walking around the room filming the listeners with a handheld camcorder. There are smiles and shoulder rolls everywhere until the music pauses. The Mob want to wait for A$AP Nast to arrive.

Rap fans have been waiting for Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2 since it was teased just a few months after Cozy Tapes: Vol. 1 dropped last October. The time between the two installments is less that a year apart, making it cear that the Mob are sitting on a ton of new music. In a blink of an eye, Vol. 2 was already on consumers’ phones and laptops.

The second installment of the Cozy Tapes series includes features from everyone in the A$AP Mob and AWGE collective. A$AP Twelvyy, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ant, A$AP Nast and A$AP TyY are on the tape plus new affiliated members Playboi Carti, Key! and Smooky Margielaa—a charismatic 15-year-old rapper from the Bronx. Other guest appearances are Chief Keef, Lil Yachty, Gucci Mane, Schoolboy Q, Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, Jaden Smith, Quavo, and Frank Ocean. Vol. 2, Too Cozy is a friends-only project.

Since the first installment of the Cozy Tapes, several Mob members have dropped their own projects including Twelvyy’s long-awaited 12 and Ferg’s Still Striving mixtape, a year after his second album, Always Strive and Prosper. Now that Vol. 2 is here, things are only going to get busier while other members patiently wait for their turn to drop their solo work.

During the Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy listening session, XXL sat down with the members of the Mob to learn more about Smooky Margielaa, discuss who had the best verse on the Vol. 2, what projects are coming out next and the real definition of cozy.

Continue reading on XXL Magazine.

31st Aug2017

(Video) Smooky MarGielaa Interview with ILLROOTS

by @Djordje

15 year old Smooky MarGielaa discusses how he first started making music, linking with A$AP Mob, his picture with Kanye West and Tyler, the Creator, his forthcoming mixtape and more.

Via illRoots.

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