Dope Entertainment presents Uncut Dope – a new series documenting the concerts that Dope Entertainment puts on in Florida, as well as interviews and backstage access with the artists. In this second episode starring A$AP Ferg, we catch up with the Trap Lord to discuss his inspirations, his goals, and more, as well as give you a glimpse of what it’s like to experience an A$AP Mob concert. Directed by JMAC for Dope Entertainment.
During A$AP Ferg’s TURNT x BURNT tour stop in New Orleans at the Republic he took a few minutes to rap with us on multiple topics. Being under the weather did not stop A$AP from turning up for the jam packed New Orleans crowd and a great event by Winter Circle Productions.
While most people navigate the concrete jungle known as New York via foot, car, or taxi, some choose a much more exciting means, dirtbikes. While riding any dirtbike or atv is illegal in NYC, it hasn’t stopped thousands of bikers from riding the streets as if they weren’t. At the forefront of what seems to be one of NYC’s biggest nuisances is a kid by the name of A$AP TyY who’s a part of the infamous ASAP conglomerate that’s taking over everything from music to fashion and now bikes. Watch as Vice editor Angelina Fanous gets to witness firsthand how TyY and a few other riders navigate the city on a daily basis.
A$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$AP Ferg to about achieving his vision, a recount of his biggest, most memorable accomplishments from the past calendar year and what he’s learned from them. From his views on uncompromised artistry to that infamous “Trap Lord in stores now” moment at the MTV VMAs, this is Ferg’s take on 2013, straight from the man himself.
Growing up in New York, two things were almost guaranteed to influence the A$AP Mob. Fashion and music.
For A$AP Twelvy, both became a huge part of his life early on. Using his rapping skills to make a name for himself alongside A$AP Rocky and the rest of the A$AP rap collective, Twelvy’s extensive footwear knowledge quickly became just as evident with everything from early LeBrons, to Uptowns and classic Jordans on his feet as he rocked the mic.
Currently on the road with A$AP Ferg and the rest of the Mob, Twelvy recently linked up with Sole Collector to share with us what’s been on his feet as of late, his earliest footwear memories, and even who he says has the illest sneaker stash in the Mob.
Shay Diddy of 106 KMEL sat down with A$AP Ferg while he was in San Diego. A$AP Ferg talks about touring, winning Rookie of The Year, his debut album Trap Lord, his sound, fashion, the Trinidad James GG & more.
The world got its first taste of Fergenstein on Live. Love. A$AP., the purple-tinged, codeine-soaked 2011 debut mixtape from New York newcomer A$AP Rocky. The tape ushered in Rocky as a breath of fresh air in the hip-hop game and introduced A$AP as not just a young collective of adventurous New York MCs, but a full-blown trilled-out lifestyle brand. On the track “Kissin’ Pink,” A$AP Mob member Ferg infused the tape with one of its most standout moments, a cheeky, Dirty South-flavored, half sung verse that left us wanting more.
Born Darold Ferguson, 25-year-old A$AP Ferg hails from Harlem, where his father used to design and sell his own clothing line to a crew of luminaries like Puff Daddy and Biggie. A hustler and renaissance man in his own right, when the self-proclaimed Hood Pope says his debut album Trap Lord will “change your life,” he means it. While most MCs are hasty to put out a mixtape, Ferg and his crew are adamant about quality over quantity. Make no mistake; Trap Lord is a fully-formed powerhouse. He’s making a name for himself with heavy-hitting anthems like “Work” and “Shabba,” and is currently headlining a U.S. tour in support of this critically acclaimed debut.
Deongello had the opportunity to sit down with A$AP Ferg and they touched on a few things. Getting acceptance from the old heads in Hip Hop. Who is Ferg is checking for? When the MOB is in the booth who’s getting waxed? Collaborating with artist and much more. Check it out!
The latest FRANK book curated by A$AP Rocky and the Mob takes you to the heart of Harlem where it captures the natural essence of A$AP Life. Within the pages you’ll find an introduction to A$AP philosophy by A$AP Yams, a tour of Harlem through rap lyrics and much more. This chapter from FRANK covers all bases of Harlem and A$AP culture. You’ll want to get your hands on this very rare collaboration. The book is only available on the Turnt X Burnt Tour and select locations as well as online. We’re giving some lucky fans the chance to win a copy. Follow the steps below to enter!
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