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Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky graces the cover of Interview Magazine for the publication’s April 2013 issue. Award-winning photographer Craig McDean, who has also worked with high-profile clients such as Kate Moss and Kristen Stewart, shoots Rocky here. This is only the latest in a string of appearance in fashion-focused magazines, yet perhaps this is indicative of the rapper’s multifaceted personality. On the magazine cover, Rocky’s bright grills contrast with an otherwise dark, gritty portrait, while on the inside, Alexander Wang interviews the artist.
ALEXANDER WANG: Where you at?
A$AP ROCKY: I’m in New York right now. I’m getting ready for this Rihanna tour.
WANG: When does it kick off?
WANG: Oh, so you’re right on the cusp!
ROCKY: Hell, yeah! So how’s this going? Are they recording us? Or is the interview just what you put down.
WANG: [laughs] No, I think they’re recording us.
ROCKY: Oh, shit! [both laugh] By the way, congratulations on Balenciaga, dude—I just gotta hand it to you.
WANG: Thank you.
ROCKY: It makes me happy that you’re doing that. How’s it been for you so far?
WANG: You know, it’s still so new to me, having this experience and having this journey kind of be the first chapter . . . The first chapter is done but it’s going to take time to really develop what the next step will be. I’ve been given an opportunity to do something really different from what I do. It was difficult, but I realized that I had to take a dive at it and not focus on the fear. Of course, there are so many people who say you can’t do it because you have a reputation for doing something really different, but I ignored all of that and just went in there, and it was an amazing experience. Everyone was so welcoming and supportive. I guess I just have to let the work speak for itself and let it go from there.
For the whole in-depth interview, head over to the issue now.