A$AP Ferg is the other. Any attempt to typecast the 25-year-old rapper is unsuccessful, and he’s shown that a lot more than he’s told it. 2013 was the year in which the A$AP Mob member forged his own path, unexpectedly breaking out as a solo star, adding another win for the Harlem crew already celebrating A$AP Rocky’s successful debut, Long.Live.A$AP. Ferg’s come-up is a testament to perseverance and commitment to one’s personal vision. Although he initially garnered a buzz with well-received mixtape cuts like “Kissin’ Pink” and “100 Million Roses,” Ferg didn’t foresee the heights he reached this year. His new reality was made possible by a combination of trailblazing visual aesthetics, club records du jour like “Shabba Ranks” and the bi-coastal “Work REMIX,” featuring Schoolboy Q, Trinidad James, French Montana and A$AP Rocky, and a debut album, Trap Lord, which masterfully straddled the line between avant-garde and mainstream. His fiercely unique, alluring personality didn’t hurt his cause at all.
We talked to A$AP Ferg to about achieving his vision, a recount of his biggest, most memorable accomplishments from the past calendar year and what he’s learned from them. From his views on uncompromised artistry to that infamous “Trap Lord in stores now” moment at the MTV VMAs, this is Ferg’s take on 2013, straight from the man himself.
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