A$AP Ferg drops much truth on Always Strive and Prosper, the kind of honesty that wasn’t quite available on his debut album. And not just truth about his own upbringing in Harlem, but how place affected the people close to him. He told Complex as much: “This is my documentary to my life.” Which is why there’s a song dedicated to his grandma—who also appears on “Beautiful People” alongside legendary rapper Chuck D. Or why he puts his uncle’s business in the streets on “Psycho.” But trust, Ferg also comes through with bangers like “New Level” and “Swipe Life.” Both tracks are liable to tear up the club and motivate the haves and have nots. Always Strive and Prosper is the definition of when keeping it real goes right. Salute the Trap Lord. —Edwin Ortiz
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