There have been few emcee’s to rise so quickly up the hip-hop ladder as Harlem-based rapper ASAP Rocky. After bursting onto the scene with a mixtape in 2011, and announcing he was a force to be reckoned with on his debut album, ASAP has become a fixture not only in the world of hip-hop, but also in the world of fashion and style. In some ways he is as shrewd of a business man as he is a vocalist, and he has capitalized on his success in the music industry with endorsement deals and corporate sponsorships.
It would follow, then, that ASAP would be a great lecture or interview: a great lesson on what it takes to succeed in an industry as desolate and fickle as the music industry, and a true story on the rise from the streets of Harlem to world tours and haute couture. It would also only make sense that he would do this in New York: the city that made him, and the scene that he has revitalized.
Over the coming weeks Mxdwn will discuss other events related to the Red Bull Music Academy, so stay tuned here for all the updates. Info on how to get tickets remains hazy at this point, but rest assured we will provide that information as soon as it is available. This will be the Red bull Music Academy’s third year, and it seems every year they develop a greater sense of their place in the realm of New York music festivals: this is a festival for the serious fan, the person who wants to know more than just the songs and the artist.
A Conversation w/ ASAP Rocky @ Red Bull Music Academy 5/7
Venue and Time TBA