It's no secret that A$AP Rocky has some of the best personal style in the hip-hop game. While others may disapprove of his forward-thinking looks, we steadily applaud the Harlem native and his pursuit of fresh. The New York Times recently caught up with Rocky to discuss style, his favorite brands, and some advice for those who hate on his style. Read some choice excerpts of the interview below, or the the entire article here.

[via New York Times]

WHAT I’M WEARING NOW

The shirt is Raf Simons. I love him. He’s probably the most influential designer I have ever followed. Not only that, but he listens to my music. He listened to my music before we met. The pants are Alexander Wang, given to me free 99. My shoes are a special kind of Timberland and have a weird texture. The whole idea is for them to be rugged, so I’m trying to wear them more often so they get beat up.

STYLE CREDO

Trill meets high-end fashion. I’m really going for Belgian designers right now. You know, Jil Sander, Raf Simons, Ann Demeulemeester. That’s my whole thing right there. And British designers like Christopher Shannon, KTZ and Mr. Hare.

ON THOSE WHO HATE MY STYLE

It’s almost like school. I’m an honor-roll student, and they’re dropouts.

WHO ELSE IS COOL?

Pharrell. Cudi. Skrillex. My boy Schoolboy Q is cool. Kendrick. Drake. I love everybody.