A$AP Rocky covers "L'Uomo Vogue" magazine.
Photo: L'Uomo Vogue
It would be pretty bold to say that A$AP Rocky is single-handedly making menswear a LOT more interesting for us with his unpredictable oscillation between streetwear and high fashion, but... he kind of is! Dat PMF racks up yet another fashion editorial, landing himself on the on the cover of L'Uomo Vogue's March 2013 issue. We knew it was only a matter of time before Rocky made his Vogue debut, and it only makes sense that his introduction to the legendary glossy would be via the magazine family's Italian menswear vertical. You know what also makes sense? That they would swaddle him in Milan's finest: Dolce & Gabbana. Maybe it's silly to expect anyone to get a Vogue feature but with Rocky's excellent taste, hobnobbing with designers, sitting front row, and even modeling in fashion shows, it seems only logical. Also, the Harlem fashion killa kind of already tipped us off to the new cover.
Rocky took to the radio waves to voice his reaction to the "Hottest MCs in the Game VIII" list and his spot at #8 (just below the also sour #7 Kanye West). Amidst debate points like owning up to a variety of cross-national influences, bringing back gold teeth, and props for his youth, A$AP dropped Vogue-related hints on two different shows. "What other rapper's on the cover of Vogue?" he asked L.A. Leakers, while stating more assertively, "I'm the first rapper to be on the cover of Vogue magazine," to the "Big Boy's Neighborhood" team and listeners. *cue screeching brakes*
We love love LOVE Rocky. We really do. And we're inexplicably excited about his L'Uomo Vogue cover and the spread that will accompany it. But did he just say he's the first rapper to cover Vogue magazine? We hope he's either referring to a very, very forthcoming issue of US Vogue or he abbreviated/hyperbolized his statement in the heat of the argument because while it's certainly been a while, Rakim Mayers isn't the first MC to front a magazine in the Vogue family. Snoop Dogg covered the December 2007 issue of L'Uomo Vogue, Jay-Z was the face of its July/August 2008 issue, and Diddy fronted the October 2008 L'Uomo Vogue AND shared the October 2001 cover of British Vogue with Naomi Campbell. BUT you can never bee too sure about what might be simmering in the background, so we'll give our favorite fashion killa the benefit of the doubt on this one and cross our fingers for a US feature!