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Quote That: Talking Musesm, Music and Fashion With A$AP Rocky

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A$AP Rocky was pretty busy at the Tribeca Film Festival he attended this past weekend. After debuting his new music video for his new single, “Beauty and the Beast,” he set aside time to talk fashion, music, influences, and just being himself. Check out a portion of A$AP Rocky’s interview with former XXL editor Elliott Wilson, and his segment, CRWN.

On Hood by Air…

“I made them famous. It’s the truth. You know how hard it is to make a fashion line big? You know how many aspiring designers are in this city alone that need that chance?”

On Off-White…

“Off-White is not for me, but that doesn’t mean it’s not for everybody else. It’s nothing personal against Virgil [Abloh], I just don’t wear Off-White; it’s not for me, but that don’t mean its wack. I think the stuff he does in [his] women’s line is dope.”

On Kanye West…

“He’s cool. I think Kanye had a rough time in the fashion industry, and it’s all starting to pay off. He paved the way for artists like myself. I would be full of shit if I didn’t say when I was 16 I wasn’t inspired by Kanye West, but now I’m inspired by me and Earl [Sweatshirt], Danny Brown, all these guys.”

On shopping on Canal Street…

“Basically, I got these [necklaces] from Canal Street right over here. For real, Canal Street jewelry. You gotta search for this, you can’t get this everywhere. Everyone’s getting jewels, I go to Canal Street. But I’m giving away all my secrets. I shouldn’t have said that, now everyone’s going to go to Canal Street because they’re affordable, you know? I’m proud of this one [points to one necklace]. It took a long time to find. It’s quite pretty, looks good on me.”

On the source of his fashion sense…

“I noticed people who travel a lot and live in various places all their lives are usually more open-minded. I think it has to do with the fact I’ve traveled and lived in Harlem, Bronx, North Carolina. I think moving around really helps. By 14 I knew the basic shit—Prada, Dior, Ferragamo. And by 16, I knew all the other alternative lines.”

On Harlem’s fashion influence…

“I’m from Manhattan, I’m from Harlem, which is a portion of Manhattan. I mean, culture and fashion—we’re the mecca at the end of the day. Some of the most influential people as far as urban fashion came out of Harlem: Big L, Rich Porter, Frank Lucas…”

On skinny jeans…

“The reason I prefer skinny jeans is because we used to wear Rocawear and the back of your jeans dragged all ripped up and shit. I was like, ‘I don’t want to look like that.’ Skinny jeans are not for everybody, though, let’s be clear. But I make them look good.”

On showing off designer labels…

“My brother’s girlfriend’s best friend came over once and had these jiggy shoes on, work shoes. Everyone was asking what kind of shoes because there was no label. She said a real woman, you’re not supposed to see the label until you take your foot out. I was like, that’s fly. You can’t brag or be on front street with it. I hate the motherfuckers with the yellow Lamborghinis—that’s tacky, with the extra bright shit. I like Ferraris better, anyway. You guys can’t identity anything I’m wearing right now.”

On repeating outfits…

“I’m me, you know what I’m saying? I literally had this on yesterday [points to his outfit], but I still look good. You wouldn’t have known it if I hadn’t told you.”

On being pretty…

“I always thought I was handsome. That’s nothing new. Ask everyone who knows, I always thought I was pretty.”

 

-Quote Credit Style.com

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