“Fuck swagger, you’ve been jacking/ Fuck fly, I am fashion,” Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky declares on his debut LIVELOVEA$AP. A$AP is more of an aesthete’s rapper than a rapper’s rapper. His verses aren’t going to sustain those looking for life insights, but his stylistic interests might make you curious, and his charisma will keep you entranced. The self-dubbed “pretty motherfucker” curated an album of slick beats from Clams Casino, Spaceghostpurrp, and Burn One and, likewise, has shown an equal taste for clothing, building his covetable collection of avant streetwear out of Givenchy, Rick Owens, Balmain, Raf Simons, Jeremy Scott and Alexander Wang, whose fall video ad he appears in. For A$AP, music and fashion are intertwined, and his choices with both are fearless. Hive recently caught up with him, and he shared his touring essentials, talked A$AP’s collective closet and spoke on taking sartorial cues from Swizz Beatz.
A little bit of A$AP, Y-3, Jeremy Scott for Adidas, Givenchy.
Things he always has on him:
My Chapstick, my phone, and my motherfucking keys, and my gold teeth. We all got our gold teeth from the same place, our boy Pharrell’s jeweler.
Who has the best closet in the A$AP Mob?
We all got some fly shit. I share with all of them, and the only time I don’t is if it’s brand, brand new and I haven’t worn it yet. But most of the time we steal from each other anyway.
What’s a sentimental item that you always travel with?
My ring. My boy Swizz Beatz gave it to me. It was like some “I’m proud of you” shit, “keep up the good work.” The prince of Dubai gave it to him, and he gave it to me. It’s a yellow topaz stone and it’s worth 200K if you go to a good motherfucking pawn shop, but if you go to one in the hood you can get 120, 150K. So I’m keeping it in case times get hard.
What kinds of considerations do you make when you’re packing for tour?
We think about bitches. When we’re packing for tour, I think, “We be fucking mad bitches.”
What’s one thing that you forgot to pack on this tour?
I didn’t forget shit.