“I met ASAP Ant when he had his clothing line Marino Goods and I was a huge supporter of it. This kid was making shit that people are stealing designs from right now, and I fucked with it,” P says. “One time Ant told me he wanted to start rapping and I was like ‘I make beats.’ At the time I had a couple placements, and I was kind of becoming a name. He told me he wanted to rap and I supported everything he wanted to do. We did ‘Ridin’ Around Slow,’ Rocky loved it, and it was just like that. We put a seed in the ground and it grew organically.”
Soon after P linked up with ASAP architect ASAP Yams, and landed his standout work with his productions on the ASAP Mob mixtape, such as the massive posse cut “Bath Salt.” “Bath Salt” featured like-minded NYC up-and-comers Flatbush Zombies, and at the track’s core laid the sonorous, schizophrenic production. “That was like the career defining record for me. I was trending on Twitter and all of that,” P says.
Since their formation in 2007, the A$AP Mob — a collective of rappers, producers, music video directors and fashion designers — has become one of the most influential groups in the urban sphere.
The A$AP Mob has been on the top of the rap game ever since A$AP Rocky dropped his mixtape and his first album. Now, A$AP Ferg’s music is all over the airways, and is certainly the next big thing in hip hop.
Stephen Edwards had a chance to sit down with Fergenstein at Elite Daily’s headquarters to discuss everything from his album, Trap Lord, to a national tour and who the real “King of New York” is.
“A lot of people think I’m not lyrical, but that’s because they aren’t listening to my lyrics.”
Harlem rapper Darold Ferguson Jr, aka A$AP Ferg, is speaking to Clash during a Sunday afternoon promo run supporting the release of his debut album, ‘Trap Lord’ (Clash review).
“They’re just listening to the flow, but if I stopped flowing and spit without all of the shenanigans and decoration then they’d really understand what I’m saying and where I’m coming from with the lyrics.”
The A$AP Mob representative’s intricate flows and melodies make him stand out from the crowd. Listening to his hypnotic lyrical patterns, it’s easy to get caught up in the style, to the extent that the content almost becomes secondary. However, this is no mistake.
J. Scott damn near does it all. He is the manager of artist Kilo Kish, A$AP mobs tour DJ and he is also the founder of one of the realest and most hilarious sites on the web, Imnotatoy.com. With all this awesome goodness on his plate, you can’t help but wonder how J. Scott handles everything. The answer is simple; working with creative like-minded friends who were there from the start. JENESIS Magazine got a chance to talk with J. Scott about what he’s been up to:
Stolen From Africa/ Knowledge of Self Series, caught up with Harlem’s A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg backstage at the Under the influence of Music Tour here in Toronto. The fellas discuss Ferg’s debut album Trap Lord, The desire to live in Toronto, Shabba and more.
Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg releases his debut studio album “Trap Lord” on Tuesday, following A$AP Rocky to become the second A$AP Mob artist to drop a full-length. But when Ferg was 17 years old, he was busy doing other things, like going leather shopping and asking lots of questions.
“I met a guy in Global Leathers,” Ferg, born Darold Ferguson Jr., said during a recent visit to The Huffington Post’s New York headquarters. “I always ask people what they do, there were lots of students in there coming from FIT, lots of people who worked for other brands just picking up swatches. That’s how I found this one guy — he just gave me a belt connect that was just right down the block.”
Standing in a Y-3 store on Greene Street in Soho—the sole retail outpost for New York Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto—A$AP Ferg checks himself out in a corner made of mirrors. Head to toe, he’s dressed in a lime green colored thing that kind of looks like a jumpsuit crossed with a trench coat crossed with some overalls, something he’ll later refer to as “high-fashion shit.” The attending clerk is certain he will like this look, touching and pulling on various strings and ties that dangle from lapels and straps. Ferg straightens the top half, shimmying up and down as he holds his head high in the reflection. Narrowing his eyes, he shakes his head and makes a cutting motion at his throat. No photos please. Ferg does not fuck with this.
This stop at Y-3 is the second on a list of four on this afternoon trip. Earlier, we swung by Oak; later, we’ll spend time at Bape and Acne. It’s the first time in months that Ferg’s had time to do one of his favorite pastimes: shop. He’s just returned from a tour with the A$AP Mob through Australia and New Zealand, and he’s readying the release for his debut record, Trap Lord, out just over a month after this shopping date, and at the time, an album that was very far from finished.
Dallas is a long way from West Baltimore, but that’s where we found Adam Kirkman, 20, known to the hip-hop world as A$AP Ant, on a July night.
“I’m performing on tour with Rocky right now,” says Kirkman, referring to A$AP Rocky, the rapper whose album LONG.LIVE.A$AP hit number one earlier this year and who leads the Harlem-based A$AP Mob, which has become a dominant force in hip-hop. “I’m doing the hyping up onstage.”