It turns out A$AP Ferg’s intro to his fire-starting track “Work” was prophetic.
In the opening seconds to the brooding banger, Ferg raps, “Straight off the plane… dropping the flame.” Nearly 11 months after his solo smash hit the airwaves and burst subwoofers nationwide, the A$AP Mobster is at the Bathing Ape store in NYC – fresh from his travels to D.C. for the second annual Trillectro Festival – where he’s ready to, well, drop the flame.
Stolen From Africa/ Knowledge of Self Series, caught up with Harlem’s A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg backstage at the Under the influence of Music Tour here in Toronto. The fellas discuss Ferg’s debut album Trap Lord, The desire to live in Toronto, Shabba and more.
A$AP Ferg releases Trap Lord today, and it’s an exceptional debut from the Harlem rapper who has been steadily moving up the ranks as the next one to blow from A$AP Mob. The project boasts features from the likes of Schoolboy Q, Waka Flocka Flame, B-Real, as well as Mob brethren A$AP Rocky, but it’s Ferg here who shines with his penchant for vivid lyricism and an intense off-kilter flow that clutches the listener by the throat.
Complex TV caught up with A$AP Ferg to break down each of the 13 tracks on Trap Lord, and he talks about drawing inspiration from Kilo Kish for “Let It Go,” handling trifling women on “Dump Dump” and making magic with female producer Crystal Caines and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony on “Lord.” The 24-year-old rapper also details his recent single “Shabba,” which pays homage to Jamaican dancehall artist Shabba Ranks. “He put hip-hop and Jamaican music on the pedestal for a long time, so I wanted to shout him out,” says Ferg.
When it became clear that A$AP Rocky was a full blown star, we started looking at his crew, the A$AP Mob, to see who might be next in line. There were many suitors (we see you Twelvy and Nast) but two tours, one group mixtape, and almost a year later we have a definitive answer. That answer is A$AP Ferg. Riding the wave of two back to back street bangers (“Work” and “Shabba“), Ferg officially dropped his debut album Trap Lord this week.
To celebrate, we had the Young Lord himself come by the Complex offices, sip on a little something, and tell us about his favorite albums. The list is pretty representative of where Ferg finds himself musically. It’s full of New York superstars (a city he proudly calls his own), tride and true hip-hop legends (something he’s hopes to become), and artists he feels excelled by stepping outside of the norm (something his debut album most certainly does). Oh, and he’s also got Selena’s greatest hits on there. Check out A$AP Ferg’s 25 Favorite Albums.