insi‑De The Alphabetical Issue (out February 7th), i‑D Music Editor Hattie Collins talks to A$AP Rocky about falling in love with London girls, being a pretty muthafucka and speaking for his generation.
A$AP Rocky is the pretty muthafucka who reps Harlem and we heart him hard. Whether rocking Raf Simons or rapping with Ri-Ri, the 24 year-old is as at home on the catwalk as he is behind the mic. An adventurous and ambitious aesthetic ensures that A$AP (Acronym Symbolising Any Purpose) is your favourite hipster’s favourite hipster. Confident – “Only thing bigger than my ego is my mirror”, pragmatic – “Ain’t got no pot to piss in, sink full of dishes,” this handsome rapper and director reps strictly for the streets. For every mention of girls and guns expect a counterbalance of more meaningful metaphors; his mum and metrosexuality all make regular appearances in his mellifluous metaphors. If you haven’t heard Rocky, you need to. A$AP.
“I’m speaking out for my generation and I’m glad I’m inspiring people. Some people don’t have enough balls to admit that they’re inspired by a young fellow like me.” A$AP ROCKY
Text: Hattie Collins
Photography: Bruno Staub
Styling: Matthew Henson
Photography assistance: Andrew Beardsworth, Matthew Henson, Joshua Dotson
Styling assistance: David Marshall
Set design: Josh Dotson