Twenty-three year old Harlem rapper Rakim Mayers known as ASAP Rocky (That stands for Always Strive and Prosper) created a rampant knocking storm of street
buzz for all hip hop heads after releasing the mix tape Live. Love. A$ap last fall via the internet.
Not only was he buzzing in the streets about his lyrical flow along with a mixture of hip hop southern slowed down screwed out beats the rapper has something else that others recognize…His style. ASAP has let it be known that he has a great love and admiration for fashion and fashion designers. He also expresses how he feels about the antigay slurs that are so universal in hip-hop.
Check out the inserts of ASAP from Interview and what fashion style he has on display.
“I’VE BEEN INTO FASHION SINCE BIRTH. I GREW UP IN THE ‘HOOD, AND EVERYBODY IN THE ‘HOOD WANTS TO COMPENSATE FOR BEING IN POVERTY, SO THEY WANT TO LOOK GOOD TO KEEP THEMSELVES UP. THAT’S BEEN EMBEDDED IN ME.”
“MY FATHER, HE KEPT ME IN JORDANS AND GUESS STUFF AND ALL THAT OTHER SH*T, SO IT WAS JUST LIKE I GREW UP ON THAT FASHION SH*T. IT’S JUST THAT MY FASHION TASTES CHANGED AND SHIFTED, THAT’S ALL. ”
“It’s, like, everybody from Harlem knows what Gucci is—I mean, Dapper Dan up in Harlem was big even though that wasn’t officially Gucci—but if you shop at Gucci, you say, “Okay, where can I get Gucci from? Okay, I can get it from Saks Fifth.” So when you go to Saks Fifth, you see nice sh*t, you see other name brands, and then you gotta do your research.
I grew up in the age of the internet. You look up the designer, see when they have their shows, and what lines they bringing up. I mean, I’m not gonna say I went on the internet to find everything. It was just something that me and my crew used to do. We used to wear what we felt would make us look different.”
” Well, I haven’t been a gay activist. I haven’t protested for gay rights or none of that, but one thing I can say is that a lot of the designers I wear are gay and I like their clothes.”
” Why can’t I be friends with somebody who’s gay? Why not? You can miss out on a lot by being so small-minded and stereotypical about people. It’s stupid. Who people like is their own business. It don’t concern me. I know what I do— and I’m having a lot of fun with women that I’m with.”
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