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.

02nd Jan2018

Forbes: Inside The Surreal, Cool And Entertaining World Of A$AP Mob

by @Djordje

Hanging with ASAP Mob, the collective that features ASAP Rocky, ASAP Ferg, ASAP Twelvvy, ASAP Nast and ASAP Ant, is unlike any other experience in music. How cool are ASAP Mob? We are backstage in a dressing room before their show at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium when Rocky leaves the room for just a moment.

When he comes back in he is joined by rapper Schoolboy Q and actor John C. Reilly, who appears on the group’s Cozy Tapes Vol. 2, among others. Just another Tuesday night in the very unique, entertaining and kind of surreal Mob world.

However, the most entertaining and engaging part is listening to the way they interact with each other. When Rocky refers to them as family it does not feel like hyperbole. They joke with each other like family for certain. Perhaps that is why they admit that they are more reluctant to play their solo music for each other, because they care so much what the others think

It’s just one of the many fascinating things that come out in getting to hang backstage with ASAP Mob.

Steve Baltin: How does it feel to be named the “Flyest Human Being Alive”?

ASAP Rocky: I’m not a human being, I try to tell them. Fergie, we not human.

Baltin: So what are you then?

Rocky: Man, we extra-terrestrials. We not extra, we extra-terrestrial. I don’t know, I’m still trying to figure that out.

Continue reading on Forbes.

21st Dec2017

(Video) A$AP Ferg Interview on Ebro in the Morning

by @Djordje

A$AP Ferg talks his “Plain Jane Remix” with Nicki Minaj, as well as reveals what his biggest “congratulations, you played yourself” moment was, and more during his recent visit to Ebro in the Morning.

21st Dec2017

(Video) ASAP Ferg Talks Art, Music, and The Mob with ACCLAIM

by @Djordje

We took Traplord and art lover ASAP Ferg to Backwoods Gallery in Collingwood during Japanese artist Shohei Otomo’s exhibition ‘Ora Ora’. While browsing the exhibition Ferg reflects on his own art history, having studied at art school and painting in his youth.

Ferg also reflects on a big year that saw him release ‘Still Striving’ and reunite with the rest of ASAP Mob to make The Cozy Tapes 2.

Via ACCLAIM.

05th Dec2017

Playboi Carti Interview with i-D Magazine

by @Djordje

There’s something pertinent about the way that, on the day Tupac Shakur drew his last breath in a Las Vegas hospital room, some 2000 miles away Jordan Terrell Carter was born. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 13. 1996, to compare the two is not to say that Carter – better known as the A$AP-fraternizing, “Magnolia”-hit-making Playboi Carti – is the best rapper in the world. No, Carti is, as the New York Times once noted, “more at ease with the performance of the role than with the actual act of rapping.” But, in the way that he draws in everything that floats around the genre in 2017 – the hedonism, the consumerism, the inevitable fashion hookups – and reduces it down to its most potent form, Carti epitomizes hip-hop right now, just as Shakur did its 90s golden age.

Just don’t dismiss him as only a rapper. When we meet in a London photography studio, Carti, doe-eyed and high cheekboned (his cheekbones are the only thing higher than him during this interview), is a walking contradiction. He’s the everyman artist out here to make money. The proud Atlantan who hopped on a bus to New York and never looked back. The kind of teenager who, he admits, could have, “been on some real ghetto shit,” but instead took a job at H&M. “I’ve never been the type to sit at home on my ass,” he states. He quit only when his local celebrity reached a point where he was being recognized folding tees. “I feel like I’m part of the new wave, the new sound, the new generation,” he says with unwavering conviction.

Continue reading on i-D.

01st Dec2017

(Video) A$AP Twelvyy Interview with Pigeons & Planes

by @Djordje

“Shout out to hip-hop man, music saved my life.” New York’s own A$AP Twevlyy has been a key member of the A$AP Mob for years and he finally released his debut album, ’12,’ in 2017. We spent a day with him in NYC to find out about his journey from being born Harlem Hospital to meeting A$AP Yams to now being able to give back to his own community.

Via Pigeons & Planes.

06th Nov2017

(Video) A$AP Ferg on His New Era Collab and Expanding His Brand

by @Djordje

A$AP Ferg, along with his cousin Demetrius, speak to their collaboration with New Era, what inspired their creations, and how collaborations can usher in a new wave of fans.

Via Complex.

01st Nov2017

Jimmy Choo Style Diary with A$AP Ferg

by @Djordje

The impact of hip hop on fashion can hardly be overstated. Since its emergence in the 1970s, one of the key factors in hip hop’s success has been the combined appeal of different forms of creative expression. Harlem-born rapper A$AP Ferg, shot here exclusively in Jimmy Choo’s A/W 2017 collection, has operated very much within that tradition. As a musician, artist, designer and general polymath, for this 29-year-old—originally christened Darold D. Brown Ferguson, Jr.—creativity has always been about more than just the music.

“Through fashion and art I am able to communicate with everyone, in all walks of life,” Ferg explains as we survey the selection of decadent slippers and hand-finished DERBY loafers lining the Grand Penthouse Suite sitting atop New York’s Plaza Hotel. “Rap can pigeonhole you sometimes. It can be hard to communicate with people outside of the community once you’re in it—but with fashion and art it’s limitless. Designing and creating art allow me to think more broadly and that helps me to push hip hop culture forward.”

Fashion, in particular, has been a lifelong pursuit inspired by his father’s involvement in the business. “A lot of my father’s work influenced my early style—and even now—because he was the first person I knew who owned a boutique,” Ferg recalls. “He had workers in a factory producing his clothing and he made his own clothing line, featuring silk screen and graphic designs on t-shirts.”

Continue reading on Jimmy Choo.

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