A$AP Ferg drops much truth on Always Strive and Prosper, the kind of honesty that wasn’t quite available on his debut album. And not just truth about his own upbringing in Harlem, but how place affected the people close to him. He told Complex as much: “This is my documentary to my life.” Which is why there’s a song dedicated to his grandma—who also appears on “Beautiful People” alongside legendary rapper Chuck D. Or why he puts his uncle’s business in the streets on “Psycho.” But trust, Ferg also comes through with bangers like “New Level” and “Swipe Life.” Both tracks are liable to tear up the club and motivate the haves and have nots. Always Strive and Prosper is the definition of when keeping it real goes right. Salute the Trap Lord. —Edwin Ortiz
It is evident that A$AP Ferg isn’t the same person we were first introduced to back in 2010. The rough exterior layers of the Trap Lord have been shaved off with time, and we have found ourselves face to face with a regular human being. A 27-year-old man with flaws, emotions and transparency, Ferg has revealed who Darold Ferguson, Jr. is on Always Strive and Prosper. And with him comes his family, his artistry and A$AP Mob — all factors here to stay. You wanted to get to know A$AP Ferg? Pay attention.
“I want to put her in a better [situation], because if her son were here, he would be trying to do the same thing. And I feel like I owe her that because she brought him into this world, and without him I probably wouldn’t even be rapping. Yams was the one who had the vision for all of this to happen.” Ferg’s relationship with A$AP Yams’ mother is new, but the bond is strong. Their love for the same person brought them together, but it has become about more than just Yams.
“I met her at his funeral. She had his phone, so when he passed, she went through all his texts and seen what we were talking about. She was like, ‘He really loved you,’ and ever since then, we’ve been building, and she considers me her son. I love that lady like a mom, for real.”
As he talks about Yams and his mother, you can feel the admiration Ferg has for both of them. And as the words flow out, you understand more and more how much he feels he owes to Yams: his career. The “Yammy Gang” track on Ferg’s newest album brings Yams and his mom together once again as the Mob raps about the legacy he has left behind and his mom promises to keep it alive. “This is for all my beautiful people around the world. My son was a genius. I wanna continue his legacy,” states Tatiana Paulino at the end of the track.
We’ve teamed up with Hi-Grade Agency to bless three (3) lucky fans each with a pair of tickets to this years 3rd Annual Brooklyn + Queens Day Festival! It all goes down June 2nd at Verboten in Brooklyn and will feature performances by A$AP Twelvyy, A$AP Ant, Bodega BAMZ, Ken Rebel, Manolo Rose and more. The rules are simple, just follow @ASAPMOB and @HiGradeAgency on Twitter and Retweet the Tweet below. Please remember this event is 21+.
Winners will be chosen randomly June 1st at noon (12pm) EST and contacted with information on how to claim their tickets. Not feeling so lucky? Tickets are available for purchase via Ticketfly.
UPDATE: Due to the fact that BQF is no longer taking place on June 2nd, we have postponed announcing any winners until the festival is rescheduled. You can follow Hi-Grade Agency for the latest updates.
A$AP Twelvyy and A$AP Ant are set to take the stage in Brooklyn on June 2nd for the third annual Brooklyn + Queens Day Festival. The event will take place at Verboten with doors opening at 5pm. You can cop tickets here. Be sure to come out to see 12vy, Addie, Bodega Bamz, Ken Rebel, Manolo Rose, and more perform.
Before A$AP Twelvyy was a rising star in the rap world, he was an aspiring ball player. That ended at age 11 when he hit a game winner at a tournament in Queens and decided he’d conquered basketball and would focus on rap. In the premier episode of our new series Pick Ups, Fernando Perez heads up to the Bronx to meet Twelvyy on the courts at his native Castle Hill Projects to revisit his glory days and talk about how Lil B blessed the Knicks.
The second annual STEEZ Day Festival this year will be taking place in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 7th. Performing this year will be Pro Era, A$AP Mob, Danny Brown, Raury and more. Tickets are on sale now. All proceeds will be donated to the family of Capital STEEZ.
For years A$AP K has been customizing denim with his own special touch and outfitting the needs for a number of clientele. Check out a collection of some of his work below and #COMESEEKILLV for yourself. Denim reengineering starts at $111 + shipping. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
It’s here. The A$AP Ferg x AGOLDE exclusive denim collection. A collaborative design effort between A$AP Ferg and AGOLDE, the collection is inspired by A$AP Ferg’s favorite vintage denim that have seen him through years on the road.
Made at AGOLDE’s Los Angeles headquarters utilizing the most innovative fabrication, ASAP Ferg and AGOLDE have created a product that is heartfelt and high quality.