The Roots hosted their 7th Annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia over the weekend. One of the acts to blaze the stage at this year’s festival was the Trap Lord from Harlem, A$AP Ferg. The Mob member was a crowd favorite from the moment he started his set. Performing his hits “Work,” “Shabba,” “Dump Dump” and more, Ferg lit up the crowd with his highly addictive tunes.
With a new A$AP Mob album in the works, and the single “Hella Hoes” scheduled to drop very soon, we caught up with the Fergenstein to discuss his first experience at the Roots Picnic, the M.I.A. tour he just wrapped up, another possible Bape collab and more.
Always Strive And Prosper. Before Ferg joined the A$AP Mob, he already lived by their motto thanks to his father Darold Ferguson. While residing in Harlem’s notorious Hamilton Heights neighborhood, Ferg senior established a reputation as a renowned hustler. He printed shirts and designed logos for luminaries including Bad Boy Records, Teddy Riley, Heavy D and Bell Biv DeVoe.
Inspired to carry his father’s legacy after his death, A$AP Ferg pursued fashion and attended art school. He was later convinced to focus on music by friends and was featured on A$AP Rocky’s first mixtape Deep Purple. With his creative background as the foundation, Ferg’s vocal experimentation and unique visual direction ensured he was the second major label signee from the A$AP mob.
Ferg’s debut Trap Lord was released last year, and included bangers such as “Work” (remix,) “Shabba” and “Hood Pope.” Before his June show at the NXNE Festival in Toronto, he told me about working with Bone Thugs on “Lord,” Diddy calling him after his record deal, speaking regularly to Fab Five Freddy and wanting to collaborate with Phil Collins.
Serving as the third installment of Elite Daily’s “Leaders of The New Cool” series, the voice of Gen-Y kicks it with one of the founding fathers of the world renowned A$AP MOB, A$AP iLLZ.
Since their formation in 2005, the A$AP Mob — a collective of rappers, producers, music video directors and fashion designers — has become one of the most influential groups in the urban sphere.
iLLZ, an aspiring jewelry designer and model, is well on his way to becoming a household name, much like his fellow peers Rocky and Ferg.
During our conversation, iLLZ touches on the significance of social media, the juxtaposing of “hood” and “high fashion,” as well as what it means to be a part of one of the most highly-respected conglomerates in entertainment today.
Can you remember your first time at Coachella? The dudes of A$AP Mob — A$AP Ferg, Marty Baller, and A$AP Tarz to be exact — are currently making their festival debut, and it’s sounding like the show will be pretty epic. Here’s a quick style talk we had with them at the Fuse/VEVO House at Coachella about what they’re flossin’ with on stage.
We’re currently taking in the great weather and events going down during weekend 1 of Coachella. The latest familiar face to swing through the Fuse/Vevo House At Coachella is none other than the Trap Lord himself, ASAP Ferg. Our Editor-in-Chief Brad Clarke and Ferg stepped out of the heat for a bit to talk about his upcoming tour with M.I.A, being a fan of DMX, and why the world of BMX (currently being dominated by his homie Nigel Sylvester) is more common to him than you know.
Harlem’s A$AP Ferg is the hood pope with a strong ‘Work’ ethic. Late last year, the NYC-born-and-bred rapper released his highly shab-shabba-ranked debut Trap Lord. A title that translates to mean divine hustling skills, it’s without surprise to learn Ferg grew up around an influential 90s hip-hop set – his dad designed the logo for Bad Boy Records and can count Teddy Riley and Puff Daddy as childhood acquaintances. Last in Australia with fashion killa counterpart A$AP Rocky, the A$AP Mob member, with his own app and clothing line – is back for a second solo visit.