His Mix Of Streetwear & High End Fashion: A$AP Rocky Talks To GQ Magazine

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He don’t call himself “Dat Pretty Muthaf**ker” for nothing! “Goldie” rapper A$AP Rocky is rising up on the Hip-Hop and fashion scene. He became popular with his 2011’s singles “Peso” and “Purple Swag” but it was how the Harlem native mixed street wear and high-end fashion together that got people attention. Along with his dope style, his Houston-influenced flow and songs helped him put the Hip-Hop spotlight back in NYC. In a recent interview with GQ, Rocky talks about being named after Hip-Hop legend Rakim, his style, fashion, the culture in Harlem, doing lunch with fashion designer Jeremy Scott and of course females. Below are the excerpts:

Son of the God
“My real name’s Rakim—my parents named me after the god MC himself.”

Carpe Diem
“With clothes, I like mixing what different designers do until it becomes a personal expression of how I’m feeling that day. This vest is by Skingraft. It only comes out for a GQ shoot or a hot date with an actress. That’s the bourgeois look. Booj-waaah.”

Culture Club
“In Harlem, I got all my black friends. But when I go downtown, I got black, white, Asian, Indian friends. There’s no borders, no barriers.”

Great Scott
“[Fashion designer] Jeremy Scott is my boy. We’ll do a shoot and then do lunch. Every time I see him, he has gifts for me. He knows I like weed, so he’ll bring edibles. I’ve also been wearing a lot of Rick Owens. It’s like hard-core jailhouse streetwear with a high-end gothic feel.”

Ladies First
“When I was a kid, I was a little horndog. First it was candy and girls. Then it was girls and bikes and scooters. Then it was girls, rap, and clothes. Now it’s girls, directing videos, my house, and fashion. And girls, girls, girls.”

Picture Credit: Kenneth Cappello

Source: GQ

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Donovan is the CEO and Editor-In-Chief of www.dmfashionbook.com. For all general inquiries please email don@dmfashionbook.com Donovan has a BA in Journalism & Media Studies from the prestigious Rutgers University. He's currently studying entertainment and fashion law.