New York State of Mind

A$AP Rocky Takes Over the Hudson Hotel

By Verena Stefanie Grotto

Hip-hop is having a renaissance right now in the city of New York, where it seems like every other day a new MC rises up out of the five boroughs with an even more unique style and approach to the music than what we thought was possible before. Motley crews like the A$AP Mob, the Beast Coast, and World's Fair have given us a reason to love rhymes again. We've written a lot about this stuff, but sometimes words don't do it justice. So, we've linked up with scene insider Verena Stefanie Grotto to document the new New York movement as it happens in real time, with intimate shots of rappers, scenesters, artists, and fashion fiends.

Last week was fashion week, so Verena checked out the after-party for Jeremy Scott's spring/summer 2014 show at the Hudson Hotel in New York City, where both A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg rocked the stage. The event got people seriously hyped for the adidas Originals Jeremy Scott X A$AP Rocky collaborative sneaker. The A$AP Mob, Venus X, MIA, and Araab Muzik were just some of the notable people in attendance. Check out the outfits and the drunken smiles in the pictures below. 

Photographer Verena Stefanie was born and bred in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. The small town is not known for hip-hop, but they do make a very tasty grape-based pomace brandy there called grappa. Stefanie left Bassano del Grappa at the age of 17 to go and live the wild skateboarding life in Barcelona, Spain, where she worked as the Fashion Coordinator for VICE Spain. Tired of guiding photographers to catch the best shots, she eventually grabbed the camera herself and is now devoted to documenting artists, rappers, style-heads, and more. She recently directed a renowned documentary about the Grime scene in UK and has had photo features in GQ, Cosmopolitan, VICE, and many more. 

Check out her website and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

@VerenaStefanie

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