17th Aug2017

(Video) A$AP Ferg on Sway In The Morning

by @Djordje

A$AP Ferg joins Sway In The Morning to speak on Dapper Dan’s big impact and influence on his style,
opening the door for new artists, and his experience traveling to Liberia.

17th Aug2017

A$AP Ferg Interview with Highsnobiety

by @Djordje

At the top of 2016, A$AP Ferg divulged the uncertainty surrounding his next move following the release of his sophomore LP, Always Strive and Prosper. The eclectic, self-reflective soundscape landmarked a risk taking conceptual shift in his catalogue, revealing a place where honesty, humor, and exuberant charm coexisted in harmony. For Ferg, it was the album he always dreamt of making, but as effortlessly as the album was delivered to the masses last spring, it was also a tough learning lesson for the MC willing to sacrifice everything for his art.

Now, a year later, Ferg is back at the drawing board and analyzing the ins and outs of Always Strive and Prosper’s successor: a mixtape aptly titled Still Striving. Having solidified himself as an artist unafraid to push boundaries and bare his truth, Ferg is unlike many artists for the simple fact that he’s far from jaded, and looking no further than three letters to sum up the approach of his new work: f-u-n.

Below, A$AP Ferg muses over his latest creation, and how the initial enjoyment and passion for music that has carried his career this far is still alive and well.

Continue reading on Highsnobiety.

17th Aug2017

(Video) A$AP Ferg Interviews Dapper Dan for MTV News

by @Djordje

A$AP Ferg interviews fashion icon, Harlem legend, and Yo! MTV Raps staple Dapper Dan, whose designs defined ‘80s and ‘90s hip-hop fashion.

10th Aug2017

A$AP Twelvyy Guests on SLAM’s Respect The Game Podcast

by @Djordje

Fresh off the release of his album ’12,’ ASAP Twelvyy drops by the SLAM Dome to talk his musical inspirations, hitting a game winner at the Ron Artest tournament in Queensbridge, “Last Year Being Broke,” Corey Fisher’s 105 point game, watching Puff Daddy coach at Kingdome, Fredro Starr’s role in Sunset Park and much more.

Listen on audioBoomiTunesStitcher and Google Play.

10th Aug2017

Venus X Interviews A$AP Ferg for MoMA

by @Djordje

ASAP Ferg always knew art was his destiny, he just never anticipated that the shapes and colors of his imagination would be heard through verses and not seen on a canvas. Until now. In anticipation of his first-ever Warm Up appearance at MoMA PS1 on Saturday, August 12, series curator Venus X chats with the self-described [Harlem] Renaissance man about the hot roofs and basements of his childhood, that special creative vibration that only exists in New York, and going back to basics: finding inspiration in silence and putting his lines back into paint.

Ferg and Venus were photographed by Neil Aline — a New York–based DJ and photographer who played as part of the very first Warm Up lineup in 1998 — in the MoMA PS1 courtyard under Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio, this year’s Young Architects Program winner.

Continue reading on MoMA.

07th Aug2017

A$AP Ferg Tells The New York Times How He Spends His Sundays

by @Djordje

ASAP Ferg is hardly ever home. The rapper and fashion designer, born Darold Ferguson Jr., just wrapped up a tour, visited Russia last month and will soon go to South Africa and Australia. His second mixtape, “Still Striving,” will be released this month, which will mean more trips. Rarely is he able to sneak a few days in Harlem, where he grew up and still lives. Even then, he’ll often stay busy, with studio sessions and appearances in between shows that cause the days to blur together. But Sundays are for him. He recharges and catches up with his friends and family and, among other things, sits very still on his couch. If you squint, his Sundays kind of look like ours.

Continue reading on The New York Times.

05th Aug2017

A$AP Twelvyy Interview with Complex

by @Djordje

Jamel “ASAP Twelvyy” Phillips was, along with ASAP Yams, one of the founders of the ASAP Mob, the crew that’s taken over its hometown of NYC, and much of the world as well. With the solo stardoms of ASAP Rocky and ASAP Ferg firmly established, it’s Twelvyy’s turn.

Twelvyy’s brand-new album 12 paints a picture of his life growing up in Harlem and then in the Castle Hill (or “Castle Hell,” as the opening song has it) section of the Bronx, finding his crew, and the triumphs and tragedies that occurred along the way—the most notable of the which is Yams’ death in 2015. His loss permeates the album.

I sat down with Twelvyy, 28, at the Complex office to get an idea of how the album came to be—and what a certain cold-remedy-inspired viral hit had to do with anything.

Continue reading on Complex.

30th Jul2017

(Video) A$AP Ferg Interview with Hot 97

by @Djordje

A$AP Ferg sits down with Ebro and the Hot 97 crew to talk Kendrick Lamar, his new project and more.

23rd Jul2017

A$AP Ferg Interview with Billboard

by @Djordje

Above all else, A$AP Ferg is an artist. Though he splits his time between creating critically-acclaimed music and fashion design, Ferg’s creativity developed from an early age in drawing and painting. “I was a young artistic kid, but I didn’t know how to channel my powers,” Ferg tells Billboard. “The thing about fashion is that I got a chance to wear my art like a walking canvas.”

Growing up in Harlem, A$AP Ferg (born Darold Ferguson, Jr.) learned about style from one of the neighborhood’s most memorable tastemakers: his father. Known as D Ferg, he owned a popular boutique, created custom silk-printed t-shirts, and even designed a logo for Diddy’s label Bad Boy Entertainment. “He was basically a pioneer, an innovator,” Ferg explains. “Since he was the underdog and he was up against all these big companies, he had to create something to draw people to his work. He put magic into whatever he created.”

Following in his late father’s footsteps, A$AP Ferg already has a range of accomplishments well beyond his 28 years. As part of the A$AP Mob, he’s released two studio albums —2013’s Trap Lord and last year’s Always Strive and Prosper. In 2012, he launched his own fashion line, Trap Lord, and has collaborated with brands like Bape, Young & Reckless, Adidas, the sustainable, socially conscious label Uniform, and Citizens of Humanity’s denim offshoot AGOLDE. He’s even ventured into home goods with Fancy.

Because of the success from his first AGOLDE spring 2016 capsule collection, Ferg is back with another line for fall. The twelve-piece collection, which ranges from $58 to $350 in price and is available for pre-launch at TheWebster.com, includes outerwear, graphic tees, a tracksuits, five different jeans, and is entirely unisex. Billboard Style caught up with A$AP Ferg between his travels for Future’s Nobody Safe Tour and studio time for his forthcoming project Still Striving to discuss the process behind such a fruitful designing career.

You studied fashion design in art school. Did that prepare you for eventually launching your own brand, or was there a lot of learning-as-you-go in the industry?

It definitely prepared me. I took a sewing class and learned how hard it is to actually sew and how much time it takes. So, I knew that I didn’t want to produce the clothes myself. But it taught me the know-how. I actually love to draw the designs and come up with the concepts. It taught me what I love and taught me my passions. It sharpened my talent.

I took two internships as well. I interned at Rocawear and Artful Dodger, which are both owned by JAY-Z. I also took an internship with Sean John early on. I was a kid just figuring it out, making my own contacts and connecting the dots.

Who are some of your style influences?

David Bowie, Grace Jones, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Puff Daddy, Kanye West, Ralph Lauren, Pharrell, DMX. And my dad, of course.All of these guys, they definitely did a lot of self-evaluating and they searched real deep in themselves to find something original. Or, it just came naturally and they trust themselves to just be original. A lot of people don’t trust themselves to know that the world will like what they’re doing.

Continue reading on Billboard.

23rd Jul2017

A$AP Ferg Talks New AGOLDE Denim Capsule with W Magazine

by @Djordje

The 28-year-old rapper A$AP Ferg is perhaps best known as a member of the notorious New York rap group, the A$AP Mob, with his own hit singles like “Shabba” and “New Level,” as well as his most recent album, East Coast, which dropped this spring. And while he and his peers like A$AP Rocky have publicly demonstrated their love for high-fashion designers like Raf Simons as well as a knack for successful brand collaborations, Ferg in particular is dead serious about his side-hustle as a designer and style savant.

Since January 2016, A$AP Ferg and the Los Angeles-based denim brand AGOLDE have been bridging East and West with collaborative capsule collections, the second of which will be available at The Webster on July 20th and AGOLDE.com starting July 27th. The lookbook was shot with Ferg’s longtime friends on his home turf of Hamilton Heights in Harlem, New York, which is where he called W magazine from one afternoon this summer.

What are some of your regular Harlem spots?
Red Rooster is one of my favorite spots in Harlem, and Melba’s is another restaurant I go to. It’s great place for food, culture, drinks, and lounges are really big.

Has growing up in Harlem influenced your style?
Yes, Harlem gave me a lot of sauce—that’s what we call it. It gave me confidence; we were taught to walk with our heads up. If we were broke, you couldn’t tell. We were very good at hiding the fact that we were poor people because we dressed so nicely.

This is your second collection for Agolde. How did you first get involved?
I was linked with them through Scott Lipps, who is a good friend of mine. I was able to come in and basically be an intern for a week. I worked nine-to-five just learning; it wasn’t glamorous at all. It was denim-making 101, from different zippers to washes. I got to meet all the employees and they showed me laser machines you could only get in Turkey, tumbler machines that use rocks to make jeans look more worn, sandblasters—I was like a kid in a candy store.

Continue reading on W Magazine.

25th Jun2017

(Video) Playboi Carti XXL Freshman Interview & Freestyle

by @Djordje

Playboi Carti opens up about his music and movement in this 2017 XXL Freshman interview.

25th Jun2017

A$AP Ferg Interview with Zane Lowe on Beats1

by @Djordje

A$AP Ferg talks about his forthcoming project Still Striving and the story behind “Tango.” Stream below.

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