A$AP Rocky on Kanye West's Style Influence: "When I Was Sixteen I Was Inspired by Kanye West"

Check out who A$AP Rocky says inspired his style when he was 16.

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A$AP Rocky is known to always be ahead of the curve when it comes to fashion. Whether the rapper is rocking designer gear way before anyone else, ditching brands before they get too hot, or talking about how style chooses you while making a Harry Potter reference, Rocky is an innovator. But during his CRWN interview with Elliott Wilson, he credited Kanye West with being a huge style influence. 

"I think that Kanye had a rough time in the fashion industry and I think it's all starting to pay off," Rocky told Wilson. "I mean, he paved the way for artists like ourselves. I wouldn't be here. I would be full of s*** if I didn't tell you when I was sixteen I was inspired by Kanye West. You know what I'm saying, I would be lying." 

Yeezus has influenced unmeasurable amounts of people with his style, including the entire Kardashian set. So, there's no shame in Rocky admitting he was also affected. 

Rocky goes on to talk about where he got his sense of style from. "I think a lot has to do with the fact that I traveled. I lived in a lot of places as a child—Harlem, Bronx, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, then Harlem again," he said. "I'm from Manhattan. I'm from Harlem, which is a portion of Manhattan. Culture and fashion, we're the Mecca of it at the end of the day." 

You can watch the full interview here.

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