When you say “Baltimore” in front of white people, they immediately think of the Wire—which is great to torrent and watch on your computer in eight hour sessions, but would be kind of scary to actually live through. But the truth is, real life in B-more might actually be gully-er than fiction, and MCs A$AP Ant and Young Shaka have lived it. The two hip hop diplomats of that infamous city are using their music to paint a picture that shows both the dark and the beautiful sides of the town known for its high murder rates and killer blue crab cuisine.
A$AP Ant is the only member of the Harlem-based A$AP Mob who’s not actually from NYC. He and Young Shaka have been close since middle school, hustling drugs before they moved on to hustling music. We first heard from the duo back in June when they dropped their first single, “Summer Nights,” off their yet-to-be released collaborative mixtape. Now they’re back again with a music video for the summer anthem, “On Sight.” This time around Ant has stepped off the mic and put himself in the director’s chair, while Young Shaka has taken center stage as the sole MC on the track.
We got on the phone with Ant and Young Shaka to discuss their forthcoming mixtape, ghetto life in B-more, and what exaclty “on sight” means.
YG Addie and Pretty Flacko link up with the Flatbush ZOMBiES for “Bath Salt” produced by P On The Boards. This is the first single off the upcoming A$AP Mob tape expected to drop within the next few weeks.
A$AP is one of the most talked about breakthrough groups in the hip-hop game right now. They’ve garnered acclaim for their “trill” ways, sipping lean, choppin’ ‘n screwin’ songs, and being the only crew from NY to rap with a Houston influenced flow. A$AP Rocky broke the mold for said camp and put them on the map, but ever since there hasn’t been a crew member to step up and lay it down like Rocky did. That is, until now… The youngest in the Uptown collective, A$AP Ant’s been holding it down on the mic and his ready to show fans that he’s next up. What makes Ant aka the “Baby Goon” stand out is his distinctive Baltimore accent and his explicit lyrics on songs like “Coke & White Bitches” and “Told Ya“. Ant’s the only rapper out of the Mob that isn’t from Harlem, and while Rocky is readying for his debut album and the other Mob members are prepping a group LP, he’s dominating the net and increasing his buzz with his infectious songs and choruses. He’s already enlisted his hometown partner Young Shaka, as the two are set to release a mixtape entitled Back 2 Back. Another upcoming joint tape with World’s Fair’s Remy Banks and Juice of the Flatbush Zombies is also in the works. Ant makes himself easily distinguishable amongst the group as a whole and the A$AP fans are eating it up, embracing him as the Juelz Santana to Rocky’s Killa Cam. We sat down with Ant and spoke to the youngin’ about joining A$AP, growing up and his goals for the future. After the jump’s where it’s at.
2. Tweet at us with the hash tag #CokeAndWhiteBitches. The more you Tweet, the greater chance you have of winning.
3. Email email@example.com with a link to your Tweet and t-shirt size.
That’s it! Contest closes Friday, July 13th. Winner will be emailed shortly after with information on his/her prize. For more A$AP Ant merchandise visit his official online store and look out for the official music video for “Coke & White Bitches” dropping soon.
You heard the track, saw the behind the scenes, now it’s time to check out the official music video. As presented by Karamaloop TV, here is the official music video to “3FLIPS6″ by A$AP Ant, Remy Banks and Juice of the Flatbush Zombies, produced by Milo. Expect a collaborative project from the trio sometime in the near future. A$AP x Flatbush Zombies x Worlds Fair.
Director: Shomi Patwary / Thuan Tran
Director of Photography: Thuan Tran / Shomi Patwary
Editor: Thuan Tran
Post: Shomi Patwary
Production Assistant: Derrick Garlington
KarmaloopTV recently directed the music video for “3FLIPS6” with A$AP Ant, Remy Banks, & Juice (Flatbush Zombies). Take a walk across NYC with the artists, see the most famous A$AP apartment, and catch the world premiere of “3FLIPS6″ on Monday, July 2nd, 2012.