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$AP Ferg; but for this moment as we came upon him sitting on a stoop around the block from where he grew up, he was Darold Ferguson Jr.
With a slice of pizza in one hand, he greeted us nonchalantly and then continued eating while asking us how we were. He was accompanied only by his longtime friend and assistant Demetrius. Here sat the guy who had just came back from touring and working with some of the biggest names in music encompassing at least four different genres, but you wouldn’t know it if you were just walking by; several people walked by en masse, unaware of the interview going on. Only at one point did a slightly older gentleman whom Ferg knew stop by to dap him up before coolly leaving when he learned of what was taking place (“Okay, don’t let me interrupt!”)
As he spoke, he carried with him an aura of easygoingness and humility. Though modest, especially on his old stomping grounds, he was still able to exhibit glimpses of his more hedonistic, flashy side. Dressed in his clothing brand, Trap Lord, with bright camo on his shorts and bucket hat, and giving answers walking the line of self-indulgence, it’s apparent he knows he is larger than life. But even through this self-awareness of opulence, that inner humble kid from Harlem shone through, as he’s far from finished puttin’ in work.
Mr. Green is back again with a new batch of tight collaborators, and for this latest espisode, he’s hooking up with A$AP Ferg.
Mr Green had this to say about the collaboration: “This might come as a surprise but I like to trap music, it’s dope. I’m a boom bap dude at heart, but there is something crazy exciting about trap music that I can’t get enough of. I’m not sure if it’s the sub bass, the fast hi-hats, or the ridiculous chants that the artist say over and over, but I’m feeling it.
“When my people from VICE/Noisey told me A$AP Ferg wanted to do an episode I was all the way down. I immediately sat for a couple hours and chopped some samples I got from Chinatown in New York and put the beat together. A couple days later me, Sam and the crew headed uptown to Polo Grounds studio to meet Ferg. He was mad cool. We immediately hit it off and started talking about growing up riding bikes and how the BMX/skate worlds overlap into hip-hop and the music industry.
“It kind of felt like I was talking to one of my friends I grew up skating with and not some mainstream rapper/celebrity dude. He did a couple crazy verses and a hook about riding bikes and then we took off. Ferg and I have a mutual friend Nigel Sylvester—who I know through Animal Bikes—so while I was making the track, I met up with him. We recorded some bikes sounds and then I threw them in the mix. Finally, we checked out Animal Street jam in Newark and got a bunch of dope footage. Shout out to Gabby, Nigel, VICE/Noisey, Ferg and the whole A$AP Mob, Animal Bikes, Ralph Sinisi & everyone that attended the 2014 Animal Street Jam in Newark.”
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$AP Ferg has drawn up a range of t-shirts, jerseys, and bucket hats in white, purple, black and gold inspired by infamous alias Trap Lord available at PacSun. Today, we got the former fashion major to talk about his inspirations, style and influences.
Last year, young Chicago rap duo Sicko Mobb burst onto the scene with their Super Saiyan Vol. 1 mixtape that was boasted by the success of their underground hit, “Fiesta.” To build off of that success, the group rolled out the official remix with A$AP Ferg, which was met with high praise and fan fare. Today, the young duo has debuted the official video for the remix, which you can also now purchase on iTunes and stream via Spotify. In the clip, Sicko Mobb takes to the streets to roll around in a brand new yellow convertible before they eventually link with Ferg and the rest of the crew to wild out while the energetic, party anthem blast throughout. Check out the video above, and be on the lookout for their upcoming project, Super Saiyan Vol. 2, to arrive soon.
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.