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From Allerton Avenue to high end fashion: A$AP Illz gets jiggy with GQ Magazine

Harlem is filled with rich history, from its groundbreaking Renaissance era, to its legendary landmarks (the Apollo Theater), and the emergence of the likes of Uptown rappers Cam’ron, Big L and Mason Betha. One word to describe them is the incredibly over-used term: swag. As evident in the hood-cult-classic Paid in Full, natives of the uptown stomping grounds all ooze it — as a matter of fact – much hasn’t changed from the flamboyantly fresh times to present day in 2014. Take for instance, A$AP Rocky and his posse, who effortlessly exude their top-notch ‘je ne sais quoi’ style in the public eye, and have tapped into the fashion-editorial markets with ease. As it stands, the collective continue to demonstrate how influential Harlem remains to be as whole – not only musically – but more or less within the high-end [style] realm of things.

A$AP Illz shoots with GQ Magazine
via GQ Magzine
A$AP Illz for GQ Magazine
via GQ Magazine

But you can't count the Bronx out, either. Born Illijah Ulanga, A$AP Illz, a 24 year-old product of the Bronx (hailing from Allerton Avenue) and member of the raucous A$AP Mob crew, may often be acknowledged as the mellow and quiet type, but what’s quite known from his appearance alone, is his debonair sense of fashion. Illz has strutted with the best of them, as he has partook in numerous other renowned fashion shows over the years (most recently during the NYC Fashion week), and with several photo-shoots / look-books snapped with a few notable and much-celebrated clothing brands, the fair-skinned silent killer takes on an even bigger fashion giant: GQ. A few months removed since his pal A$AP Rocky scored a campaign with DKNY, Illz merges the South Bronx and Harlem all in one, as he teams up with GQ in their latest issue / campaign, and takes them atop a roof in his neck of the woods, which quite similarly resembles where A$AP Nast recently shot his “Trillmatic” visual in the Lacombe Avenue Projects.

Click here for a behind the scenes look at the shoot and head here for the entire collection of flicks.

Via A$AP Mob