26th Oct2017

Smooky MarGielaa Interview with The FADER

by @Djordje

Smooky MarGielaa’s 15th year of life has been more exciting than probably most other kids his age can say. The Bronx rapper and singer has a slightly raspy, light-beam of a voice that has captivated artists — he has features sprinkled across A$AP Mob’s Cozy Tapes: Vol 2 — and audiences alike; check his self-released loosies like the heartfelt and anthemic “Stay 100,” or the delightfully braggy “Money Talk.” It’s an impressive body of work from someone so young and new, but from the first few seconds of hearing his voice on any song, it becomes clear this isn’t Smooky’s first go at music.

From around the age of seven, Smooky was *touring across* the U.S. with his father, Malian artist Abdoulaye Diabaté, performing alongside him on djembe and balafon. Around the same time, he’d regularly perform covers of Michael Jackson songs at West African cultural events that took place in and around New York: “I think that’s what really made me sing. If it wasn’t for that, I don’t think I would be singing.” In middle school, he started recording songs on his cell phone and sharing them via Soundcloud and Facebook, earning him local popularity. Soon after, he made the most of a chance encounter with A$AP Rocky, and hasn’t looked back since.

While in Dallas, Texas, for a Cozy Tour stop, Smooky talked to us over the phone about his upbringing, what he’s learned from his time on tour, and how he’s balancing school and music. He also shared some words about his new song “The Judge,” a song from his upcoming MMM mixtape, produced entirely by CashMoney AP. Listen to the track, and get to know Smooky, below.

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03rd Apr2017

(Video) Playboi Carti & Lil Yachty Interview Each Other for FADER

by @Djordje

Between their sets at the FADER FORT in Austin in March, emerging gentleman Lil Yachty and Playboi Carti sat down for a heart-to-heart. They talked about the old tweets that haunt them, choosing weed or “substantial” health, and why Carti’s tape still isn’t out.

Via The FADER.

25th Feb2017

(Video) The FADER: Everything You Need To Know About Playboi Carti

by @Djordje

“We made a song and it was very lit,” Playboi Carti told us of his collaboration with Frank Ocean. “I don’t know if the world is gonna get it, though.” After meeting Raf Simons at his New York Fashion Week presentation, the Atlanta upstart stopped by The FADER office to share some lesser known facts about himself: like how he was really ballin’ in high school and what it was like to take his dad to Mansion Elan. He also sets the record straight: it’s Playstation over XBOX. Watch the video above.

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14th Feb2016

(Video) Skepta – Ladies Hit Squad ft. D Double E & A$AP Nast

by @Djordje

Just in time for V-Day, Skepta has blessed us with a video for his self-produced new song “Ladies Hit Squad,” that debuted on the OVO Sound Radio show last night. The sultry clip features Skep and co-stars Harlem’s A$AP Nast and London MC D Double E chilling in a purple-lit room with a pool and a crew of beautiful women they’re intent on impressing.

Nast sings the hook with a melodic nod to “Hotline Bling” while D Double E drops his best come-ons in the opening verse, but it’s theFADER cover star who seals the deal with this very U.K. couplet: We don’t really need Netflix, I’ll give you something to watch/ And after we’re done, build a spliff and cotch.

“The way this song came together was too organic,” Skepta told The FADER over email today. “We’ve been listening to it in the ends, in the studio, in Ubers every day for months now so I’m happy it’s finally out for the world to hear.”

According to Skepta’s team, 2016 will see the release of the London grime star’s new album, Konnichiwa. Knew this was gonna be a good year.

Premiere via FADER.
27th Nov2015

A$AP Ferg Tells FADER What He’s Thankful For

by @Djordje

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Even in a year of significant upheaval and chaos, there’s a lot to appreciate. This Thanksgiving, we continued our annual tradition of asking members of the FADER family what they appreciated most this year. A$AP Ferg gave love to one of his biggest idols, Alessia Cara took time to evaluate her recent success, and Kranium kept it simple and sweet. Here’s to more success. *clinks glasses*

A$AP Ferg
I’m thankful for Jay Z, because he showed us we could be entrepreneurs—more than just young artists. He told us to own our artistry and push the culture forward.

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30th Mar2015

A$AP Ant Talks His Favorite Jewelry with The FADER

by @Djordje

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From dainty bits of twisted metal to giant gold chains, the jewelry that we put on each morning often carries more of a story than our clothes or makeup ever could. The artists at The FADER FORT Presented by Converse came through wearing ornamentation of all kinds, so we stopped a few of them to find out what a Marc Jacobs watch, or a fox ring, or a chunky gold chain meant to them. Whether their jewels were deeply significant, extravagant, or completely worthless, their answers were revealing all the same.

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06th Dec2014

A$AP Illz for The Fader: How I Live

by @Djordje

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A$AP Illz has high hopes. “I want to be somebody that people are gonna know,” he told FADER, “not just for one thing or two things, but for an expanse of things—for being a talented person.” We invited the Bronx-born 24-year-old, who caught a big wave of public attention this year with a DKNY casting, up to the office to talk about fashion, but what we got was more like a glimpse into his life. We spoke about his mom’s passing and the jewelry line he’s building in tribute, about how his sister’s mac and cheese is his favorite food in the world, and about the way he wakes up each morning: wanting to be remembered. Below, he shows us what that life looks like.

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10th Oct2014

A$AP Ferg Talks His Purple Camo Bulletproof Vest with The Fader

by @Djordje

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Sure, we could (and do) talk endlessly about the clothes we love, but for our column, Line Item, we ask some of our favorite designers to tell us what they think about the best pieces from their newest collections. For a new seven piece collaboration with Young & Reckless, A$AP Ferg has drawn up a range of t-shirts, jerseys, and bucket hats in white, purple, black and gold inspired by infamous alias Trap Lord available at PacSun. Today, we got the former fashion major to talk about his inspirations, style and influences.

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