Sunday Routine: How ASAP Ferg, Rapper, Spends His Sundays (NYT)

Sunday Routine: How ASAP Ferg, Rapper, Spends His Sundays

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ASAP Ferg is hardly ever home. The rapper and fashion designer, born Darold Ferguson Jr., just wrapped up a tour, visited Russia last month and will soon go to South Africa and Australia. His second mixtape, “Still Striving,” will be released this month, which will mean more trips. Rarely is he able to sneak a few days in Harlem, where he grew up and still lives. Even then, he’ll often stay busy, with studio sessions and appearances in between shows that cause the days to blur together. But Sundays are for him. He recharges and catches up with his friends and family and, among other things, sits very still on his couch. If you squint, his Sundays kind of look like ours.

DEFINE ‘EARLY’ I wake up early. Well, I say early. Probably like 12 in the afternoon, or 10. And then, I eat breakfast. I eat healthy. Egg whites, turkey bacon, chicken sausage. If not, I just go to the corner store, and I get me a turkey bacon, egg and cheese.

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With friends at the restaurant Fumo in Harlem.

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ON THE REGULAR I just do my little stroll through Harlem. I sometimes go to a trustworthy restaurant — I call it my trusty. I go there, you know, every other Sunday. Marcus Samuelsson, he’s the owner of Red Rooster, and he’s my neighbor. I read up on him and saw him saying, “I’m opening a restaurant in Harlem.” It was interesting that he was opening the Red Rooster in Harlem, which was also open back in the day. He just brought it back. And I was just like, “Man, I’ve got to go try this out.”

GROOM I definitely get a haircut every Sunday. I have a few different barbers. I have a barber in L.A. I got two barbers in New York, just in case one is not available. Barbers are important. They come to my house, and they set up and they give me facials and massages. I have one pretty busy one; he cuts a lot of celebrities. The other one is just as good, but he has a shop in the Heights.

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Getting a haircut and a shave at home.

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Ryan Christopher Jones for The New York Times

SIGNATURE LOOK I was going to Kendrick’s concert later. And I wanted to jazz up my jeans, so I was like, “A’ight, I need an outfit. I’m going to get real creative.” I’m in the middle of painting some canvas pieces, so I have paint in the crib. I just pulled it out. And I just started painting on my jeans. I went to art school, so I’ve been painting for some years now. I probably would have to say about 10 years.

TRAVELING MAN Even when I’m off tour, like right now, I’ve still got to fly out to different places to do one-off shows. I went to Africa, and I spent two weeks out there. West Point, Liberia, where the Ebola had hit. It was this brand that I’m creative director for. The proceeds that we get from the clothes that we design and sell put a uniform on a kid’s back in Africa. I just went out there to make sure the operation was running smooth. I always felt, in my heart, just to give. I’ve always been given. My moms always gave me, provided for me, and my father always provided for me. So I always felt like it was my duty to give back, and to inspire other people to give back.

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ASAP Ferg jazzing up jeans he planned to wear to a Kendrick Lamar concert.

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Ryan Christopher Jones for The New York Times

DINNER ANYTIME You know, I’m a rapper so I’m not too programmed. I don’t have a set time that I eat. I just eat when I’m hungry. I’ll probably go out to Carmine’s. Or I’ll have some home-cooked food that my family made for me or something.

UNWIND I got this projector in my crib. I just watch TV because it makes me feel like a kid again. I’ve always been interested in documentaries. I like “The Defiant Ones,” I love “Dark Days,” I love “Children of the Underground,” I love “Rubble Kings,” I love “Style Wars.” Every Sunday “Power” comes on so I watch “Power.” I may catch up on something ratchet like “Love & Hip Hop,” just because it stops me from thinking for a hot second. It’s just like bliss, you know what I’m saying?

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August 6, 2017 at 02:33AM