Earlier this month, just days before A$AP Rocky released his Sony/RCA/Polo Grounds Music debut album, Long.Live.A$AP, his crew cohort, A$AP Ferg, inked a deal with the same label. With a buzz built without any mixtape, but only from features—like on Rocky’s “Kissin’ Pink” and “Ghetto Symphony,” and scattered solo cuts, notably “Work” and “A Hundred Million Roses”—Ferg has quickly become one of the more exciting young rappers around. Now, the Harlem native is inching towards the release of his debut project, Trap Lord, slated to drop in about a month. Here, he talks to XXL about his new deal, the upcoming mixtape, the meaning of “Trap Lord” and what makes him a beast.
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