On a late summer day, the air humid and muggy, I boarded the 1 Train to East Harlem with Thomas. We were about to meet up with Ferg, who had just finished touring the world, only to be getting ready to do it again. He’s been extremely busy, constantly pushing himself, but for this quick two week stint in New York, he was able to refocus and relax more or less. On tour, in the studio, designing clothes, and shooting videos he’s known as A$AP Ferg; but for this moment as we came upon him sitting on a stoop around the block from where he grew up, he was Darold Ferguson Jr.
With a slice of pizza in one hand, he greeted us nonchalantly and then continued eating while asking us how we were. He was accompanied only by his longtime friend and assistant Demetrius. Here sat the guy who had just came back from touring and working with some of the biggest names in music encompassing at least four different genres, but you wouldn’t know it if you were just walking by; several people walked by en masse, unaware of the interview going on. Only at one point did a slightly older gentleman whom Ferg knew stop by to dap him up before coolly leaving when he learned of what was taking place (“Okay, don’t let me interrupt!”)
As he spoke, he carried with him an aura of easygoingness and humility. Though modest, especially on his old stomping grounds, he was still able to exhibit glimpses of his more hedonistic, flashy side. Dressed in his clothing brand, Trap Lord, with bright camo on his shorts and bucket hat, and giving answers walking the line of self-indulgence, it’s apparent he knows he is larger than life. But even through this self-awareness of opulence, that inner humble kid from Harlem shone through, as he’s far from finished puttin’ in work.
Denver get ready, the whole A$AP Mob will be invading the Mile High City next month for an exclusive performance! It all goes down on November 9th at the EXDO Event Centre. Tickets are available via Eventbrite; be sure to get yours while they’re still available. For more info hit up UBEENJACKED.net.
New York’s own A$AP Ferg and LA’s YG have announced they will be joining forces to embark on THE BESTCOAST CONNECTION TOUR. After his monstrous critically acclaimed 2013 major label debut, Trap Lord, receiving praise from the likes of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, Ferg has solidified his place as one of the scene’s newest and truest rap ambassadors. Ferg also received the Rookie of The Year Award at the 2013 BET Music Awards and Complex, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Stereogum among others all named Trap Lord one of the best albums of 2013. “Shabba Ranks” Feat. A$AP Rocky,” Ferg’s biggest smash to date, has amassed over 27 million YouTube views since he unleashed it last year. With his fame skyrocketing, Ferg gained the attention of indie music cultural maven, M.I.A., who quickly enlisted the A$AP Hood-Pope as the main support on her summer 2014 Matangi tour. Seemingly everywhere and flexing his versatility across genres from a recent cameo in Chromeo’s video for “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” and lethal features on tracks by everyone from Juicy J to indie rock female stalwart, HAIM, this tour will feature Ferg setting fire on stages this fall in your city. Ticket’s on sale now here.
A$AP FERG AND YG TOUR DATES:
Nov-13 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Nov-14 Providence, RI Lupo’s
Nov-16 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
Nov-18 Detroit, MI Royal Oak
Nov-19 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
Nov-22 New Haven, CT Toads Place
Nov-25 Boston, MA House of Blues
On the fifth episode of Season 2 of “Fashion Bros,” the nipple-less Lawrence Schlossman and brain dead amorphous blob James Harris emerge from the anonymity of the Internet to apply to get reckless with A$AP Ferg, apply to the A$AP Mob, and receive Hood Pope blessings on various celebrity outfits.
Sure, we could (and do) talk endlessly about the clothes we love, but for our column, Line Item, we ask some of our favorite designers to tell us what they think about the best pieces from their newest collections. For a new seven piece collaboration with Young & Reckless, A$AP Ferg has drawn up a range of t-shirts, jerseys, and bucket hats in white, purple, black and gold inspired by infamous alias Trap Lord available at PacSun. Today, we got the former fashion major to talk about his inspirations, style and influences.
This past weekend, XXL caught up with A$AP Ferg at the launch event of his clothing collection with Young & Reckless. Besides speaking to us about his recent partnership with the clothing brand, the Trap Lord gave us a brief update on his upcoming sophomore LP.
As of now, Ferg’s next album has no set release date, but his fellow A$AP crew members, Rocky and Nast, are set to drop solo projects in the weeks to come, and Ferg isn’t too far behind.
A$AP Ferg is a member of the A$AP Mob hip-hop collective, A$AP Worldwide. The collection highlights elements of Ferg’s signature style; like camouflage prints, A$AP Worldwide globes, jerseys, a bucket hat, and Trap Lord statement t-shirts. Young & Reckless has merged the design influence of A$AP Ferg’s personal life with the mass appeal of the brand.
Partnering with A$AP Ferg was a perfect fit on many levels for Young & Reckless. As a Harlem native, Ferg experienced many challenges in his pursuit of becoming an entertainer. When speaking on his debut album Trap Lord, Ferg said: “I hope people take the good and the bad from what I’ve got to say, I’ve seen so much shit in my life. There were times I ducked bullets at a basketball game, and then I went to a fashion show. I’ve experienced depression. I’ve experienced triumph. I’ve experienced hate. I’ve experienced love. I learned how to be independent. I made it out of the hood, and now I want go to the top.” Ferg’s story of overcoming obstacles in his own way is the message behind all things Young & Reckless. These are the stories that resonate with our fans and inspire them to follow their unique path.
By now you’ve surely seen the endless ILLZ editorial, but behind every successful photoshoot is always some behind the scenes chaos, and we just happened to have cameras on scene to capture the whole thing.
Setting up a base at our editor Tabatha McGurr’s apartment in Bed-Stuy, the commotion was non-stop from 9am till’ evening, with steamers blowing smoke, hair and makeup being applied in all corners of the house, and Illz diligently browsing through DKNY samples on the rack, pairing looks together for our three lovely models. We could keep going into detail, but you’re better off just having a look for yourself…
Well, this was a pleasant surprise! The good folks at Pigeons & Planes recently ranked what they consider 20 of the Best Artist Websites on the Internet, and sure enough ASAPMob.com was mentioned. See what they had to say about us here and check out the full article here. Much love to P&P!
Hailing from perhaps one of the most triumphant and momentous hip-hop movements of the 21st century, comes the underdog not as much a household name as his labelmates… yet that is. you have the vocalist, stylistic, kingpin of his group and trade Rocky, his name and his heartthrob complexion as well known in Harlem as the colossal political figure before him Malcolm X, and his slugs as bright as the entirety of the Mob’s future. you have Ant, the absolutely necessary, grimey-Baltimore representer that all hip-hop groups ought to possess. then there’s Yams, his name deriving from a 2009 Triple C’s anthem about cocaine, his “lean-spill” birthmark notorious throughout the music industry and a proper representation of the mastermind behind A$AP. and of course there’s A$AP Lou, the frequent lean-picture-taker, sole Caucasian face in the Mob. and amongst several other members, Twelvvy, Nast, Ty Beats, Ferg, Bari, etc., thus spawns a newer face of the Mob, a face with the most room for growth, a face with the up-most potential, and his youthful likes gives room for a career of great longevity.
A$AP Lotto, the face of Miami in the Mob. And his strive and drive is that of a 2011 Rocky, with the grit of a “Coke & White Bitches” Ant, but Lotto can hardly get compared to anyone but himself. I conducted an interview with the Mob member, answering everything from his inspirations, to his aspirations, and even to what in fact A$AP Lou actually does.
This weekend A$AP Nast and A$AP Ant will be hitting the stage in Philly for Foxtail Fest, and we’re hooking you up with a chance to win tickets. The line-up also includes performances by SZA, Chynna, DJ Nick, Noah Breakfast, Asaad, and more. So how do you enter? Simple, hit our Twitter and RT this tweet. Make sure you’re following both @ASAPMOB and @FoxTailFest!
The contest ends this Thursday (9/18) at noon EST. Winners will be contacted shortly thereafter. Good luck!