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.

19th Jun2017

A$AP Twelvyy Interview with Mass Appeal

by @Djordje

Don’t refer to A$AP Twelvyy as just a rapper. There’s way more to him than that. An entrepreneur may be a better term, but that’s probably still an understatement. With plans of evolving his Last Year Being Broke brand into a Fortune 500 company, Twelvyy tells us what’s next for him and the A$AP Mob. We also talked about other important things like Spiderman and basketball. Check it out below and learn why it’s his, mine and hopefully even your last year being broke.

Do you remember the day you had the epiphany like, “This is it, my last year being broke, first year being rich”?

The day I had the epiphany was my last studio session with A$AP Yams. My final studio session with him I made the song “Last Year Being Broke” and it just grew from there. You know my brother had just passed away like a month later. It took me like eight months to really push it, but he was gone so I needed something to push me. I needed something to motivate me. He was a huge inspiration and motivation, I just needed something to get me doing stuff.

That’s dope because now a lot of people are taking LYBB and using it to push themselves. Something that helped you is helping other people. I always see you retweet these kids with “LYBB” on their graduation caps or as their senior quote. That has to make you feel a way that something you created and helped you in the past is having such a big impact on other people.

Yeah, it’s surreal to see because it wasn’t a financial thing, it was really like a mental thing. Just to see across the board that no matter what—financially, mentally, socially, every realm of life you can be broken in—just to grab yourself and be like, “Nah, I’m gonna take control of my life. I’m gonna take control of my friends’ lives, my family”. That’s the motivation. Because I know we could all do better. We could all be our best. No reason why we all can’t be president, the best player, the MVP. I feel like the universe breaks us down and it gives us rules and boundaries that we can’t do this shit. I’m telling you we can do this. This is the last year that you letting somebody tell you bullshit. LYBB stands for numerous things. Last year having boundaries, last year being bullied, last year being blackmailed, last year being blackballed.

Continue reading on Mass Appeal.

23rd May2017

(Video) Rhythm Roulette: A$AP P on the Boards

by @DomingoTutu

“Hopefully I don’t get no bullshit,” says A$AP P on the Boards just before tying on the red bandana for the latest edition of Rhythm Roulette. One of the go-to beatsmiths for the A$AP Mob, P on the Boards was the man behind such Mob bangers as “Bath Salt” featuring Flatbush Zombies. His most recent work can be heard on the P on the DRGS project.

After roaming blindly through the bins at Academy Records, P came up with Red Crayola’s abstract art rock album Malefactor Ade. The Aussie prog rock of Paternoster and QPSM Project featuring David Durah. Not the usual suspects to say the least.

After a dab of inspiration, P got down to work. He had high hopes for Red Crayola’s “Baby Jesus Frog” based on the title, but revised his opinion post needle drop. He soon found a few suitable loops—ill interstellar outer-space shit, mostly—and got to chopping. Will he achieve his stated goal of cooking up six beats in one session? Only time will tell.

“Shouts out to MASS APPEAL for letting me get the opportunity finally,” said P in closing, offering a few words of inspiration to up and coming producers: “It went from me watching this shit, to y’all watching this shit now. So keep doin’ it!” Check the creative juices flowing up top…

Via Mass Appeal.

20th Oct2015

(Video) ‘SUPER…’ with A$AP Ferg

by @Djordje

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In the latest episode of Super, A$AP Ferg talk about his superhero characters which alternate between the peaceful Hood Pope and the more violent Trap Lord. Shoutout to Ferg’s sidekick, Marty Baller, who would get his head blown off on occasion but it would grow back on it’s own.

Via Complex.

24th Aug2015

(Video) ‘SUPER…’ with A$AP Rocky

by @Djordje

For the latest episode of SUPER…, we link up with A$AP Rocky for a very hilarious journey. In an unexpected turn, Rocky decides his superhero name would be “The Joker.” His choice for super powers are heartfelt, as he wants to be able to bring back A$AP Yams, along with his late father and brother. Flacko describes his ideal superhero bat cave, saying it would look like his current crib. You can’t beat being comfortable in your own surroundings while being a hero.

Watch A$AP Rocky envision his superhero fantasy in the player above.

Via MassAppeal.

10th Jun2015

(Video) Mass Appeal 5 Under 5: A$AP Rocky

by @Djordje

After connecting with Boosie for the debut episode of our new interview series 5 Under 5, we link up with Harlem’s A$AP Rocky to pick his brain on a number of pressing questions. Rocky breaks down the meaning behind his album titles, why he linked up with Rod Stewart, what’s changed since Yams has passed, and more.

Watch the episode in the player above.

Via MassAppeal.

01st Jul2014

New Music: Young Thug, A$AP Ferg & Freddie Gibbs – Old English

by @Djordje

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Mass Appeal recruits Young Thug, A$AP Ferg and Gangsta Gibbs for the first track off their forthcoming all-star Mass Appeal Compilation Vol. I. “Old English,” produced by Salva and Nick Hook, is a nothing short of a banger which you need to stream below.

The compilation will include a collection of cuts from artists like Pusha T, Juicy J, Pimp C, YG, Mac Miller, Boldy James, Fashawn, Bishop Nehru and more. Look for it to release on September 2nd. You can support by copping the single on iTunes.

24th Jun2014

A$AP Bari Interview with Mass Appeal

by @Djordje

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When it comes to style, A$AP Bari is the go-to guy, no matter whether you’re referring to streetwear or high-end brands. Born Jabari Shelton, the Harlem native is a founding member of one of the most influential crews in rap, the A$AP Mob. Although he doesn’t rhyme, his contributions to the crew are still valuable. He takes care of everything creatively and connects the dots. As the story goes, Bari introduced Rocky to A$AP’s musical genius Yams. They’ve been making history ever since.

While Bari maintains a low-profile within the fashion industry, he makes large contributions to some of streetwear’s most infamous brands. One of his most recent endeavors has been the launch of his own clothing line, Vlone.

A$AP Bari made it clear that he stays away from interviews, unless it feels right. Fortunately, Mass Appeal was able to sit down Bari and chop it up with him regarding his style influences, Basquiat, the first Vlone collection, his love for talking shit on tracks, and much more.

Continue reading on Mass Appeal.

23rd Mar2014

(Video) A$AP Mob Performs “Work” at Mass Appeal SXSW Showcase

by @Djordje

A$AP Mob performs A$AP Ferg’s “Work” at SXSW 2014. Peep more footage from Mass Appeal’s SXSW Showcase here.

27th Aug2013

(Video) “ILL TIME” with A$AP Ferg

by @Djordje

On this episode of ILL Time we have A$AP Ferg aka Dr. Fergenstein giving us some of his highly caught after therapeutic advice. From drinking lean to practicing yoga, Ferg gives us some guidance on how to live a stress free life.

Via MassAppeal.

03rd Apr2013

(Video) A$AP Ferg Performs “Persian Wine” & “Work” at SXSW 2013

by @Djordje

Last week we dropped a brand new episode of Off Tha’ Wall with, the Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg and he hit us with some VERY RARE shit, including the fact that he wants to get in the studio with Phill Collins.

This week we bring you Fergenstein’s live performance from our SXSW showcase with ICECREAM. Ferg hit the stage to deliver two of his bangers from the A$AP Mob’s mixtape Lord$ Never Worry, “Persian Wine” & Ferg’s standout track “Work.” If this is any indication of what he has in store with his upcoming album, you’d better brace yourself. Enjoy the video and stay tuned for more live performance from our SXSW showcase.

Via MassAppeal.

25th Mar2013

(Video) A$AP Ferg Interview with Mass Appeal

by @Djordje

For this installment of Off Tha’ Wall we continue our line of questioning with the Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg. Ferg opened up about his artistic inclinations, his very rare dream studio session and people getting jacked for their jewelry. Watch the video above and be on the look out for his debut album later this year. If it’s anything like our interview, it will surprise even the most devoted Fergenstein fan.

Via MassAppeal.