Sneaker Freaker is presenting A$AP Ferg’s current cross-country Australian odyssey, which kicked off with a rowdy show in Melbourne this past Friday. We were there, and can confirm that taking electronic goods and valuables into the sticky sweatpit of people should be discouraged, as moshers lost their shit when the first jam dropped and never recovered it. They didn’t even seem to be looking for their shit, either, they were focussed on having crazy good times. For anyone who doesn’t believe gymnasiums offer enough skin-to-skin possibilities to produce litres of perspiration in collaboration with your fellow man, or just those folk who love observing raw human zoos devoid of inhibition, we recommend you get the hell along to one of these shows.
A$AP Ferg, AKA the Hood Pope, AKA the Trap Lord, AKA the Dope Lord, AKA Fergenstein, stopped by Sneaker Freaker to touch some shoes and talk to us. Flick through the gallery above to see some of Ferg’s key sneaks, and read below to see how the talking went down…
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A$AP Ferg has been a busy man. From fashion to music to painting his face, very quietly the Harlem native has distinguished himself and his Trap Lord brand as a creative force to be reckoned with. Since his debut album, Fergenstein released his 19-track mixtape Ferg Forever last November, paying homage to his father by reimagining his pop’s artwork as the cover design. He went on tour with YG while also releasing sleek visuals for singles like “Dope Walk” starring model Cara Delevingne. Amidst all of this, Ferg also released his clothing collection with Young & Reckless.
At streetwear store Community 54 in Manhattan last week to promote his new line of gear for his Trap Lord line, Ferg spoke to XXL about his new album, why it’s better than Trap Lord and what’s next for the A$AP Mob.
Los Angeles rap collective Overdoz. have shared the visual for “F**k Yo’ DJ”, their collaboration with A$AP Ferg, produced by longtime producers THC. The song will feature on their upcoming debut album, 2008, out soon on RCA.
Directed by Calmatic, the colorful video features the group smoking, drinking, and dancing against a variety of colorful backdrops. At one point, they turn up so hard that they break through the floor. Watch it above via Pitchfork.tv.
Four years is a long time in the Internet age. Just think: Four years ago you probably didn’t know what Uber was, had never used SnapChat, and you probably had never heard of a rapper named A$AP Rocky and his Harlem based crew, the A$AP Mob. In 2011, A$AP Rocky launched the A$AP movement after releasing an instant classic video called “Purple Swag.”
The video blew us away. Just when it was starting to feel like New York couldn’t produce new rap stars, a shirtless Rocky came strutting down the block on that bike sporting Jeremy Scott adidas with the charisma of 50 Cent, the sound of Houston, and a “alternative but traditional” aesthetic masterminded by the late, great A$AP Yams. Four years later and Rocky is a full blown star who recently got his third Complex cover and has his highly anticipated sophomore album slated for later this year. That’s why this song was ripe for a Magnum Opus treatment.
None of what Rocky—and the rest of the Mob—has accomplished these past few years would have been possible if it wasn’t for “Purple Swag.” So we got with the main members of the Mob including Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, and A$AP Bari to talk about how the Mob came together and how Rocky crafted the song. Of course, we all also took time out to talk about the genius of A$AP Yams, who tragically passed away earlier this year, and how he helped the song blow up. As great as the song is, it certainly wouldn’t have had the same impact without it’s corresponding video. So we also spoke with director Jason Ano as well as everybody’s favorite white girl with gold grills, Anna Trill. And finally, with all the debate that the song sparked about whether or not New York rappers should be using a Southern sound, we just had to speak with the Trill OG himself, Bun B about why he’s cool with Rocky’s H-Town influence.
Skrillex’s critically-acclaimed Full Flex Express is making a comeback. The train first embarked during the summer of 2012, returning in 2015 with a star-studded lineup including headliners Skrillex and Diplo as Jack Ü, plus performances from Zeds Dead, A$AP Ferg, Tycho, Kiesza, Hundred Waters, and a very special back-to-back set with Anna Lunoe and Mija. In the tradition of the original Festival Express tour, Full Flex will cruise across Canada throughout 8 days in July, making stops at some of the biggest venues in the country.
Check out the dates below. For tickets and information click here.
Wednesday, July 8th – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Blues Festival *
Thursday, July 9th – Quebec City, QC – Quebec City Summer Festival * #
Friday, July 10th – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau *
Saturday, July 11th – Toronto, ON – Echo Beach
Tuesday, July 14th – Winnipeg, MB – Adrenaline Adventures * #
Wednesday, July 15th – Saskatoon, SK – Diefenbaker Park * #
Friday, July 17th – Calgary, AB – Prairie Winds Park
Sunday, July 19th – Pemberton, BC – Pemberton Festival *
# show includes Kiesza
* show includes Hundred Waters
Back in January, we got our hands on a Virtual Reality Oculus Rift and the first thing we did with it was start watching porn. (Duh!) We got our staffers to watch some VR porn, filmed their reactions, and made this awesome video. But weren’t done yet! In February, we got the bright idea of doing the same thing with elderly people. Turns out, they weren’t all that impressed by the way future generations will probably spend their time pleasuring themselves, but the results were still pretty damn funny.
Since this is Complex, the only logical next step for us was to get some rappers and singers to watch VR porn for the first time. So we hollered at A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson, Fetty Wap,The-Dream, Jean Grae, and (just for shits and giggles) Big Body Bes to see how they’d react to watching some VR porn. Check out the results above.