In the summer of 2011 Harlem’s A$AP Mob became the centre of the pop culture universe: the Givenchy wearing, jiggy eye of the storm around them. Of the twelve or so members, it was pretty boy A$AP Rocky who rapidly landed major label deals, magazine covers and fashion co-signs, while his comrade A$AP Ferg emerged as the masterly “rappers rapper”. For Ferg-Darold Ferguson Jr. to his loved ones-celebrity wasn’t quite the perfect fit that it looked like for Rocky. Ferguson became depressed and built an armour of bravado that was the “Trap Lord” persona we witnessed muggin’ through hits like his debut Work and 2013’s monster, Shabba.
Ferg was making great music, but it was separate from his true self-it wasn’t an honest extension of his being. After a life changing encounter with a fan who survived cancer, Ferg carved out a new artistic path that would see his second album re-introduce the rawest A$AP Ferg to his fans.
The new Ferg arrives in Always Strive and Prosper-aka ASAP. It’s an album that deals with the uncomfortable realities of celebrity whilst telling intimate tales of his childhood and youth starring family, friends and lovers. The album boasts verses from Missy Elliot, Rick Ross, Future and Chuck D that sit perfectly next to cameos from his mother, grandma and the mother of fallen friend, A$AP Mob founder, A$AP Yams.
After wrapping two co-headlining tours in early 2016 with G-Eazy and Tory Lanez, along with a series of festival dates, Ferg will bring his high-energy and charismatic set on his “Turnt & Burnt” North American headlining tour this fall. The 27-date tour kicks off on October 30th in Iowa City, IA and will make stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada including New York, San Francisco, Toronto and more. The tour will feature support from Playboy Carti and Rob $tone. Tickets will be available for purchase via Ticketmaster this Friday, August 26th at 10 am local time.
Usher kicked off the weekend by dropping a loaded G-Mix to his latest single “No Limit.” The R&B singer recruits the likes of Master P, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane and A$AP Ferg to rework to his single. Listen below.
Next month A$AP Ferg will be making his way down to Atlanta, GA to perform at this years ONE Musicfest, and here’s your chance to see him live! We’ve teamed up with OMF to giveaway two (2) 2-Day GA passes to one lucky fan. Also making their way down to ATL for #OMF2016 will be countless other performers, including Ice Cube, Big Boi, Erykah Badu, Cee-Lo Green, and many more.
So, how do you enter? Simple! Just fill out the information below and that’s it! Be sure to be following @ASAPMOB and @OneMusicFest on Twitter for updates. Not feeling so lucky? Tickets are still available for purchase here.
Contest ends on August 30th, 2016. The winner will be contacted via email with information on how to claim their prize. UPDATE: Congrats to our winner, Nayasia C.!
*Transportation not included. Limit 1 entry per person.
Join A$AP Ferg and Ajani Brathwaite for the NYC release of A$AP Yams Gems next week at Community 54. The book release will include a signing and music by DJ Nolita. It all goes down August 10th from 4pm to 8pm. Don’t miss your chance to grab a copy of these rare scriptures.
After an incredible set at Wireless Festival in London, ASAP Ferg caught up with DJ Semtex for exclusive interview to get into details about the release of his latest album ‘Always Strive & Prosper’, the power of Hip Hop and the politics of race in the US.
Our interview series Icebreaker features artists talking about things—some strange, some amusing, some meaningful—that just might reveal their true selves. This edition features Harlem MC A$AP Ferg, whose new album Always Strive and Prosper is out now.
Who is a fictional character that you relate to?
Probably Jesus. He was trying to do good by his people most of the time, just trying to feed his disciples—his friends, his homies. They drank wine together. They broke bread together. I’m the same way.
Do you believe in ghosts?
Oh, definitely. I believe that this universe is so big—we can’t be the only enzymes walking around. There are one-cell creatures that we can’t see. There got to be ghosts.
If you could be in any band ever, which one would you choose?
Daft Punk. I’d be the third dude with my own helmet. Maybe I’d transform into a different Ferg—maybe Ferg would just disappear and I’d become somebody else.
Things got pretty crazy when A$AP Ferg took the stage at Woo Hah! Festival in the Netherlands this weekend. During his set Fergie brought out a number of special guests, including A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, Young Thug, ScHoolboy Q & more. Check out the madness above.
P.S. the $pice+World tee Ferg is spotted rocking will be dropping soon via Places+Faces. Stay tuned.