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.

16th Jan2017

XXL Show & Prove: Playboi Carti

by @Djordje

Never doubt the power of the Internet. For Playboi Carti, it changed his life. All 18 songs on his SoundCloud page have over one million plays, including “Broke Boi” and “Fetti,” which have collected over 13 million plays each. “I feel like niggas really be on my shit,” says the young rapper. “That’s why I’m picky about what I put on my SoundCloud. That’s why I’m taking time with my [first] mixtape. I‘m going crazy. If you look on my tracks, bro, it shows you my progression.”

Growing up in South Atlanta, the 21-year-old MC (born Jordan Carter) dabbled with hip-hop, but didn’t decide to take it seriously until his voice deepened while in his senior year at North Springs High School. Upon graduation, Carti moved to the Big Apple borough of The Bronx in order to focus more on music and change his scenery. Over the next eight months, he focused on recording and making relationships in hip-hop, especially with members of the A$AP Mob and sporadically put out a handful of songs to moderate success.

Continue reading on XXL Magazine.

14th Feb2016

(Video) XXL’s The Break Episode 8 ft. A$AP Ferg, Rich Homie Quan & Dru Ha

by @Djordje

If there’s a lot of anything these days, it’s new rappers. XXL‘s The Break podcast is for those aspiring MCs who need a little help getting on. This is the place to hear valuable info on how to make it in hip-hop from some of the biggest and most experienced names in the game. Hosted by XXL‘s Vanessa Satten and Miranda J., The Break podcast is an essential tool for artists willing to listen and learn. XXL‘s The Break: Where New Artists Come First.

In the latest installment, A$AP Ferg, Rich Homie Quan and Duck Down Music CEO, Dru Ha, explain how essential networking is when it comes to the music business. If you’re wondering how important it is to establish a relationship with your city’s top DJ, how to nab a feature and why keeping strong alliances is key; listen here. This is the eight episode of XXL’s The Break podcast. Where new artists come first.

Via XXL.

21st May2015

5 Things You Need To Know About A$AP Rocky’s ‘A.L.L.A.’ Album

by @Djordje

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It’s been over two years since A$AP Rocky dropped his debut album Long. Live. ASAP. Over those two years, it seemed like Rocky was doing everything else rather than releasing music. He dived further into high fashion by posing in DKNY’s Spring 2014 ad campaign and playing football in Times Square with supermodels Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Eliza Cummings. He was featured in Vogue with his then-supermodel girlfriend, Chanel Iman (they have since broken up but remain friends). Famed designer Salvatore Ferragamo reached out to Flacko himself to be a part of his online series A Man’s Story. And he also released a five-part documentary series titled SVDDXNLY.

You can say #FlackoJodyeSeason began in October of last year with the release of “Multiply.” After disowning Hood By Air and Been Trill in the song and providing sleek visuals, A$AP fans began to salivate at the mouth for the Harlem native’s sophomore project. When the late A$AP Yams spoke to XXL in the same month, he explained why dropping “Multiply” then was right on time.

“It was the perfect timing,” Yams said. “A lot of people thought we were out of the playoffs. So we were like, hold up, y’all got us fucked up right now, we just as cold as anybody else. We just had to remind muthafuckas about what time it was. That’s what it comes down to. It’s been a dry-ass year musically. Why not end the year off right?”

Continue reading on XXL Magazine.

01st Dec2014

A$AP Ferg Talks About ‘Ferg Forever’ & Why He’s More Basquiat Than Andy Warhol

by @Djordje

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It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from A$AP Ferg, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been working. The Harlem MC hasn’t put out much new music outside of some guest spots since his August 2013 debut album Trap Lord, hit stores. But last Friday Ferg returned triumphantly with his brand new 19-track mixtape Ferg Forever, a teaser for both his new BestCoast Connection Tour with YG and his upcoming sophomore album, which he told XXL in October was “almost done.”

Just before his tape hit the streets, XXL spoke to Ferg about the changes he’s made to his sound, why it’s important for him to speak on the situation in Ferguson and why it’s okay to not be lyrical all the damn time.

Continue reading on XXL Magazine.

16th Nov2014

New Music: A$AP Ferg – Doe-Active

by @Djordje

Currently on tour, and with a mixtape on deck, A$Ap Ferg is back in go mode. Today, we premiere the latest track from the A$AP mob member, “Doe-Active.” On the track, Ferg shows off an unorthodox flow over a turbulent Stelios Phili-produced track. The mixtape, Ferg Forever is coming soon.

Premiered on XXL Magazine.