As ANDPOP’s Simon Mohos would soon learn, travelling light isn’t an option for the A$AP Mob.
Founded in Harlem, the hip hop collective boasts a long list of talent that include music producers and rappers, most notably rapper A$AP Rocky. Together they’ve cultivated a lifestyle that celebrates hip hop, high fashion and art in a uniquely New York sense.
Simon caught up with a couple of members of the A$AP Mob to try and get a glimpse of what the A$AP Life is like. In a Toronto boutique crowded by fans of the collective, he goes through their Instagram feeds and gives A$AP Ferg, A$AP Ant, A$AP Twelvy and A$AP Illz the #NoFilter treatment. They tell our host what it’s like to get inducted into the mob, reminisce over a memorable souvenir and what being a trap lord is all about.
In this Interview with Montreality, A$AP Ferg speaks about:
– His ultimate fetish (0:19)
– The type of student he was at school (0:54)
– Jobs he had as a teenager growing up (1:27)
– His 1st big paycheck (1:53)
– Whether or not he enjoys reading (2:15)
– What he would call his book, if he were to write one (2:32)
– What he was in a previous lifetime (2:43)
– His favorite cartoon character (2:56)
– His favorite videogame (3:19)
– The realest shxt he ever wrote (3:31)
– A$AP Mob “L.O.R.D.” EP (4:02)
– PHARRELL being the A$AP Mob’s godfather (4:29)
– DRAKE being his 1st industry co-sign (4:57)
– The way the media portrays DMX (5:45)
– RIHANNA being a “Regular Chick” (6:40)
– Near-death experiences (6:59)
– His message to the youth (8:52)
Dope Entertainment presents Uncut Dope – a new series documenting the concerts that Dope Entertainment puts on in Florida, as well as interviews and backstage access with the artists. In this second episode starring A$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.