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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“I met ASAP Ant when he had his clothing line Marino Goods and I was a huge supporter of it. This kid was making shit that people are stealing designs from right now, and I fucked with it,” P says. “One time Ant told me he wanted to start rapping and I was like ‘I make beats.’ At the time I had a couple placements, and I was kind of becoming a name. He told me he wanted to rap and I supported everything he wanted to do. We did ‘Ridin’ Around Slow,’ Rocky loved it, and it was just like that. We put a seed in the ground and it grew organically.”
Soon after P linked up with ASAP architect ASAP Yams, and landed his standout work with his productions on the ASAP Mob mixtape, such as the massive posse cut “Bath Salt.” “Bath Salt” featured like-minded NYC up-and-comers Flatbush Zombies, and at the track’s core laid the sonorous, schizophrenic production. “That was like the career defining record for me. I was trending on Twitter and all of that,” P says.
Since their formation in 2007, the A$AP Mob — a collective of rappers, producers, music video directors and fashion designers — has become one of the most influential groups in the urban sphere.
The A$AP Mob has been on the top of the rap game ever since A$AP Rocky dropped his mixtape and his first album. Now, A$AP Ferg’s music is all over the airways, and is certainly the next big thing in hip hop.
Stephen Edwards had a chance to sit down with Fergenstein at Elite Daily’s headquarters to discuss everything from his album, Trap Lord, to a national tour and who the real “King of New York” is.