“I inspire me.” Not many could pull off such a brash declaration with ease, unless you’re A$AP Rocky. As the current “favorite son” of the hip-hop world, the Harlem-born rapper is also hitting all the right notes on the fashion circuit, from editorials on oki-ni and MR PORTER, a New York Fashion Week runway debut with HOOD BY AIR, to the cover of L’Uomo Vogue‘s March 2013 issue. Most recently, A$AP took to the high seas with gorgeous models and photographer Ben Watts in tow for a glimpse at the high life–hip-hop style. In the midst of the fun splash, he was somehow able to fill GQ in about his fashion interests (“I wanted to model when I was younger. I was always into clothes and shit”) and style inspiration (“I’m the man on those things [referring to menswear blogs]. I don’t really look at them. Well, I guess I do, but only when I’m looking at myself. I inspire me”).