Out of nowhere we get the long awaited collaboration between Meek Mill, Big Sean and A$AP Ferg, which was hinted at last year. Watch them deliver three monstrous verses in the video above.
When the news of the death of A$AP Yams hit two Sundays ago, the music industry reacted as if a young Puff Daddy had passed. Yams was the Yoda behind A$AP Mob, the world-conquering rap crew that honed its game in Harlem to become the city’s chief squad, no questions asked. In just a few years, they ascended to the top on the backs of two true fiercely talented rappers: A$AP Rocky, the dandyish wordsmith usually bedecked in designer duds off the runway at Pitti Uomo, and A$AP Ferg, his grimier, zanier street brother with an elastic, rubbery voice that’s capable of dizzying feats of flow.
Yams was not a front man figure—he was always working behind the curtain, pulling strings, whispering in ears—but The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Billboard all ran obits, each testifying to his taste and expertise, and insisting he was someone the city should mourn.
So, this past Thursday night, it was a safe bet that A$AP Ferg’s scheduled performance at Manhattan club Up & Down was more public mass than party. Ferg’s Manhattan show was to re-launch DUH, one of the few unhinged, pansexual, gigantic weekly parties that cross the East River from Brooklyn anymore.
Continue reading on New York Observer.
Earlly Mac recruits some familiar faces for the remix to his “Do It Again” cut. Download Mac’s new God Knows EP now via iTunes.
Heavy-hitting producer Carnage may have voiced dissatisfaction with the trap scene a few years ago, but he’s still keeping things appropriately turnt: his latest tune, “WDYW,” features appearances from A$AP Ferg, Lil Uzi Vert, and Rich The Kid, along with some heavy chimes and a bassline that arrives with the intention of overturning cars and generally fucking all of your shit up. “I’m really excited to finally drop this one for yall… Charlie heat and I really made something special.. Uzi.. FERG and rich all killed it!!” Carnage told FADER in an email, very emphatically (for email, that is) on “WDYW.”
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Although A$AP Ferg is synonymous with the turn up – due in part to the success of singles like “Work” and “Shabba” – he feels his responsibility as an artist is bigger than just getting parties popping and as he gets older he wants his music to reflect that. “I’ve gotten a little wiser. I’ve grown. I kind of know what I want out of life,” says A$AP Ferg. “So what I’m putting out there is a little different from when I first started making music.” That growth and maturity is exhibited here and there throughout Ferg Forever, his latest mixtape. There are, of course, still joints to turn up to on the project, but there are also a set of more reflective, honest, revealing, emotionally-fueled and politically charged records like “Uncle”, “Bonnoroo”, “Commitment Issues”, “Thug Cry” and “Talk It.” “I now understand the power of words, so I now try to use them carefully,” he admits.
He was especially careful in choosing a title for the mixtape. He decided on Ferg Forever as a way of paying homage to his father, his father’s legacy and his family’s name, which is Ferguson. “Now that I’m on I feel like I can take that name to the next level,” says the rapper born Darold Ferguson, Jr. His father, who was a well-known graphic designer in Harlem, designed the Bad Boy Records logo for Diddy and the Uptown Records logo for Andre Harrell, and as Ferg puts it, “did a bunch of shit for people in the industry.” Life + Times recently met with A$AP Ferg at the Polo Grounds’ offices and we discussed his latest mixtape, his walk-off with Cara Delevingne and his upcoming tour with YG.
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Earlier today Wale released his new EP in collaboration with A-Trak, appropriately titled Festivus. The tape boasts 11 new songs from the DC spitter, including this joint with A$AP Ferg. Take a listen to “Blood Money 3.5″ below and download the full project here.
A$AP Ferg did some live-painting and showed off his custom “Prayer Hands” grill during Art Basel Miami Beach. Check it out on Complex here.
A$AP Ferg has teamed up with Virgin Mega to create an all new Trap Lord collection highlighting Syracuse. The aptly titled #TrapLordTakeover collection flips Ferg’s iconic Trap Lord logo and meshes it with Syracuse’s signature orange, blue and white colors, detailed with camo and cross graphics. The release is limited and will only be available for purchase via the Virgin Mega app for your phone. You can download the app now on the iTunes store. Stay tuned as the #TrapLordTakeover collection goes on sale December 5th at 5pm EST.
Check out more shots of the gear below.
Fergenstein’s back. As promised, A$AP Ferg delivered his new Gangsta Grillz-hosted mixtape Ferg Forever on the day after Thanksgiving. The 19-track project includes features from artists like YG and Big Sean with production from the likes of Mike Will Made It and Big K.R.I.T. But Ferg decided to showcase some new talent as well.
There’s Harlem-bred rapper and producer Crystal Caines, who’s been working with Ferg for years. She produced the Trap Lord cut “Lord,” helped him lay down vocals for “Work” and “Shabba” and on this project she’s rapping her a$$ off on the songs “Reloaded (Let it Go pt. 2)”, and “Weave.”
NYC-based producer and songwriter, Stelios Phili, met Ferg while working at GQ and on this project he produced multiple standout tracks including the insanely catch “Ja-Rule,” “Dope Walk” and the single “Doe-Active.”
Crystal Caines and Stelios Phili broke down some of the tape’s highlights for MTV News.
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On this week’s episode of The Juice Podcast, A$AP Ferg joins Billboard’s Erika Ramirez and co-hosts ItsTheReal to break down “Ferg Forever” cuts (“Reloaded” — which samples Disney’s “Frozen” theme song, “Let It Go” — and “Ja Rule”) and collaborations (SZA, Big Sean, M.I.A.), shares a time Madonna made him non-Lipton tea, and expands on rhymes about Ferguson and Michael Brown.
Ferg updates listeners on his “Trap Lord” follow-up album, A$AP Mob’s album and their group chat tendencies, but according to Ferg the best rapper he texts with is Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s Bizzy Bone.
Via The Juice Podcast.
It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from A$AP Ferg, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been working. The Harlem MC hasn’t put out much new music outside of some guest spots since his August 2013 debut album Trap Lord, hit stores. But last Friday Ferg returned triumphantly with his brand new 19-track mixtape Ferg Forever, a teaser for both his new BestCoast Connection Tour with YG and his upcoming sophomore album, which he told XXL in October was “almost done.”
Just before his tape hit the streets, XXL spoke to Ferg about the changes he’s made to his sound, why it’s important for him to speak on the situation in Ferguson and why it’s okay to not be lyrical all the damn time.
Continue reading on XXL Magazine.
A$AP Ferg may be recognized as one of the hottest new voices out of Harlem, but it’s also a little known fact that he enjoys creating art and actually attended art school in NYC. While painting his own shirt, the “Shabba Ranks” rapper shares that his Ferg family name also has rich ties to his community, as his grandmother has received many awards for her activism, his father has designed logos for various record labels and his uncle has had serious street ties for years. Ferg is proud that he can share his fortune with that uncle, taking him around the world to see a different lifestyle after spending so many years on the streets and behind bars.
Fashion has also always been a part of Ferg’s life, saying it was his major in school. He recalls that the kids his age never understood his fashion sense but that older guys always told him he was on another level.
Check out the full clip above.