A$AP Ferg may be recognized as one of the hottest new voices out of Harlem, but it’s also a little known fact that he enjoys creating art and actually attended art school in NYC. While painting his own shirt, the “Shabba Ranks” rapper shares that his Ferg family name also has rich ties to his community, as his grandmother has received many awards for her activism, his father has designed logos for various record labels and his uncle has had serious street ties for years. Ferg is proud that he can share his fortune with that uncle, taking him around the world to see a different lifestyle after spending so many years on the streets and behind bars.
Fashion has also always been a part of Ferg’s life, saying it was his major in school. He recalls that the kids his age never understood his fashion sense but that older guys always told him he was on another level.
After releasing numerous songs from the project, A$AP Ferg is finally here to deliver #FergForever in its entirety. The DJ Drama hosted project boasts production from the likes of Clams Casino, VERY RVRE, Crystal Caines, Big K.R.I.T., Childish Major, as well as features from Marty Baller, Twista, Bunji Garlin, YG, A$AP Nast, SZA, MIA and more. Stream and download the project below.
Catch A$AP Ferg and YG on the Best Coast Connection Tour in a city near you.
Creating an eclectic mix between hip hop and modern day rock, Liam Bailey and A$AP Ferg have come together to create “Villain,” a psychedelic piece that brings joy, power, and Bailey’s talent all to the forefront of its central message.
Bailey was discovered by Amy Winehouse, signed to her Lioness label, and recorded two EPs with her, and her soulful roots are ever present in this song. Ferg similarly adds a rough edge to the piece, giving it the perfect party feel. Bringing art to the forefront and then adding this feel of fun and excitement, Bailey has been considered a sort of Jimi Hendrix in the modern age, and the feel is most certainly evident. The visuals for the piece features the boys enjoying their time around some cool guys, great dancers, and of course, beautiful women. Without overemphasizing sex or drugs, the track and its video still brings more than enough to the table. For hip hop fans that want to see a little something different, this one is for you.
Check out the video below. This track is available now via iTunes, and as part of his upcoming record with Columbia that is set for a 2015 release, and he’ll also be playing on January 22nd at Notting Hill’s Art Club.
With Ferg’s new project #FergForever dropping this Friday, the Trap Lord decides to bless fans with yet another cut off the tape. This time its “Talk It,” produced by Clams Casino. Take a listen below.
Currently on tour, and with a mixtape on deck, A$Ap Ferg is back in go mode. Today, we premiere the latest track from the A$AP mob member, “Doe-Active.” On the track, Ferg shows off an unorthodox flow over a turbulent Stelios Phili-produced track. The mixtape, Ferg Forever is coming soon.
Out of the blue, Ferg surprises fans with a brand new street single off his upcoming Gangsta Grillz mixtape Ferg Forever. Listen to “Perfume” produced by Philo$ Cult below and stay tuned for more new music coming soon.
The Trap Lord is back. As A$AP Ferg preps for the release of his new mixtape Ferg Forever, he treats fans with a new record, dropping “This Side” featuring YG, produced by THE FAM. Be sure to catch A$AP Ferg and YG in a city near you on the BestCoast Connection Tour.
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.