On a late summer day, the air humid and muggy, I boarded the 1 Train to East Harlem with Thomas. We were about to meet up with Ferg, who had just finished touring the world, only to be getting ready to do it again. He’s been extremely busy, constantly pushing himself, but for this quick two week stint in New York, he was able to refocus and relax more or less. On tour, in the studio, designing clothes, and shooting videos he’s known as A$AP Ferg; but for this moment as we came upon him sitting on a stoop around the block from where he grew up, he was Darold Ferguson Jr.
With a slice of pizza in one hand, he greeted us nonchalantly and then continued eating while asking us how we were. He was accompanied only by his longtime friend and assistant Demetrius. Here sat the guy who had just came back from touring and working with some of the biggest names in music encompassing at least four different genres, but you wouldn’t know it if you were just walking by; several people walked by en masse, unaware of the interview going on. Only at one point did a slightly older gentleman whom Ferg knew stop by to dap him up before coolly leaving when he learned of what was taking place (“Okay, don’t let me interrupt!”)
As he spoke, he carried with him an aura of easygoingness and humility. Though modest, especially on his old stomping grounds, he was still able to exhibit glimpses of his more hedonistic, flashy side. Dressed in his clothing brand, Trap Lord, with bright camo on his shorts and bucket hat, and giving answers walking the line of self-indulgence, it’s apparent he knows he is larger than life. But even through this self-awareness of opulence, that inner humble kid from Harlem shone through, as he’s far from finished puttin’ in work.
Mr. Green is back again with a new batch of tight collaborators, and for this latest espisode, he’s hooking up with A$AP Ferg.
Mr Green had this to say about the collaboration: “This might come as a surprise but I like to trap music, it’s dope. I’m a boom bap dude at heart, but there is something crazy exciting about trap music that I can’t get enough of. I’m not sure if it’s the sub bass, the fast hi-hats, or the ridiculous chants that the artist say over and over, but I’m feeling it.
“When my people from VICE/Noisey told me A$AP Ferg wanted to do an episode I was all the way down. I immediately sat for a couple hours and chopped some samples I got from Chinatown in New York and put the beat together. A couple days later me, Sam and the crew headed uptown to Polo Grounds studio to meet Ferg. He was mad cool. We immediately hit it off and started talking about growing up riding bikes and how the BMX/skate worlds overlap into hip-hop and the music industry.
“It kind of felt like I was talking to one of my friends I grew up skating with and not some mainstream rapper/celebrity dude. He did a couple crazy verses and a hook about riding bikes and then we took off. Ferg and I have a mutual friend Nigel Sylvester—who I know through Animal Bikes—so while I was making the track, I met up with him. We recorded some bikes sounds and then I threw them in the mix. Finally, we checked out Animal Street jam in Newark and got a bunch of dope footage. Shout out to Gabby, Nigel, VICE/Noisey, Ferg and the whole A$AP Mob, Animal Bikes, Ralph Sinisi & everyone that attended the 2014 Animal Street Jam in Newark.”
A$AP Twelvy is a man of the people. The Mob member may tour the world with his A$AP brethren, but when home in Harlem he’s hooping with his boys or getting his stats up in 2K like the rest of us. In either event, 2-12’s rotation ranges from reflective runners to sole swapped classics, still making room for current KDs and can’t miss collabs. Find out exactly what Twelvy’s rocking in the latest My 5.
Hailing from perhaps one of the most triumphant and momentous hip-hop movements of the 21st century, comes the underdog not as much a household name as his labelmates… yet that is. you have the vocalist, stylistic, kingpin of his group and trade Rocky, his name and his heartthrob complexion as well known in Harlem as the colossal political figure before him Malcolm X, and his slugs as bright as the entirety of the Mob’s future. you have Ant, the absolutely necessary, grimey-Baltimore representer that all hip-hop groups ought to possess. then there’s Yams, his name deriving from a 2009 Triple C’s anthem about cocaine, his “lean-spill” birthmark notorious throughout the music industry and a proper representation of the mastermind behind A$AP. and of course there’s A$AP Lou, the frequent lean-picture-taker, sole Caucasian face in the Mob. and amongst several other members, Twelvvy, Nast, Ty Beats, Ferg, Bari, etc., thus spawns a newer face of the Mob, a face with the most room for growth, a face with the up-most potential, and his youthful likes gives room for a career of great longevity.
A$AP Lotto, the face of Miami in the Mob. And his strive and drive is that of a 2011 Rocky, with the grit of a “Coke & White Bitches” Ant, but Lotto can hardly get compared to anyone but himself. I conducted an interview with the Mob member, answering everything from his inspirations, to his aspirations, and even to what in fact A$AP Lou actually does.
A$AP Ferg is a designer and rapper on a creative search to make music unconstrained by the boundaries of the Hip Hop scene. Having grown up in Harlem with i-D cover star A$AP Rocky, Ferg started out designing clothing for his own brand whilst at art school before joining A$AP Mob, i-D caught up with the Hood Pope in Mexico to talk about EDM, selling out and working with female rappers.
Rappers almost always take anxiety levels up a few notches in interviews – whether it’s erratic behavior, big egos or simply the knowledge that they could beat the living shit out of you. However, some rappers will delight you with their courtesy, manners and general willingness to throw strong banter. ASAP Ferg is one of them.
While Ferg was out on his European tour he sat down with splash!-Mag to talk a couple things. Ferg dives into his experiences at the recent fashion shows in Berlin and Paris and the threads that are filling up his tour bus. He also speaks about going to art school and some #LiLLiTeCARdio
Look to no one other than Ferg for the definition of success. But how’d he get there? He takes to Brisk’s Rap PSA program to explain, and it’s pretty simple: surround yourself with successful people, and laugh a lot. Just. Laugh. And then go take a nap.