The New York Times just published an article about Harlem's next come-up, ASAP Rocky. Written by Jon Caramanica, the article is an introduction for mainstream America to the 23-year old rapper, who is about to drop his mixtape, “Live Love ASAP.” Not a whole lot of new material here for those who have been following the kid's rise from obscurity, but there are a couple interesting quotables about Rocky's personal style:

On being outcasts in Harlem:

“We used to wear Gucci loafers when they were still wearing Air Maxes,” he said. “We were the only young cats sipping lean in 2007, 2008, sipping promethazine and codeine.”

Fashion and shopping: is central to ASAP Rocky’s persona. “Raf Simons, Rick Owens/ usually what I’m dressed in,” he raps on “Peso.” During the interview he wore jeans from the forward-looking fashion emporium Oak, and at one point he ran off to another room to grab his favorite pair of Margiela sneakers. Standing out stylistically was important to him from a young age. “I used to go to Saks, I would go to Bergdorf, I would go to Barneys, I would go to thrift stores in SoHo.” For Rick Owens, he’d shop online.