As part of our new summer US project States of Independence, we've invited our favourite 30 American curators, magazines, creatives and institutions to take over Dazed for a day. Today, as part of our State of Fashion week, New York's new muse, brand lover, and fashion obsessive Mike the Ruler is curating our content. We hang out with his gang and find out Mike's ones to watch of America's best designers.
From actress and Columbia student Hari Nef to Luka Sabbat (who VFiles named an It-Boy in their dA-Zed guide) and Rookie editor Amy Rose Spiegel, it's safe to say that Mike the Ruler's friends are the embodiment of young US creativity. After interviewing the gang, we hit them up for their favourite American tracks – check out their playlists below.
When he's not stealing from Toys R Us, 16-year-old Asspizza spends his time (sort of) featuring in hilarious YouTube videos. Creating a playlist that jumps from rap to punk rock, crank this up when you're strolling through the streets of New York.
The sounds of teenage rebellion kick off Amy Rose's playlist, which opens with The Runaways before moving into the classic 80s beats of L'Trimm. A playlist wouldn't be complete without a slow jam – Prince punches in at the end with a wind down.
With her EP due to be released by rapper Le1f this summer, the 26-year-old Rahel delves into her music collection for this playlist which features Chicago rapper Chief Keef, New York's answer to Chicago Drill music Bobby Shmurda and YouTube sensations Rae Sremmurd.
Safe to say, we've never seen Kendrick Lamar and Marilyn Manson sitting quite so snug in the same playlist before. The party starts in this varied mix with the 'Queen of Rockabilly' Wanda Jackson, Sky Ferreira brings her signature attitude before The Beach Boys make an appearence with "I Get Around". Check it out: