Harlem’s A$AP Ferg is the hood pope with a strong ‘Work’ ethic. Late last year, the NYC-born-and-bred rapper released his highly shab-shabba-ranked debut Trap Lord. A title that translates to mean divine hustling skills, it’s without surprise to learn Ferg grew up around an influential 90s hip-hop set – his dad designed the logo for Bad Boy Records and can count Teddy Riley and Puff Daddy as childhood acquaintances. Last in Australia with fashion killa counterpart A$AP Rocky, the A$AP Mob member, with his own app and clothing line – is back for a second solo visit.
Darold Ferguson, Jr. (you may know him as A$AP Ferg) is one of those guys who seems at home wherever he is. He’s only been in Australia for half a day but by the time we meet he’s been on a mini-tour of the city and released a new freestyle: ode to Trinidad ‘Petit Valley’. (On his busy release schedule: “I release music while I’m shitting.”) On the way back to his hotel room, he snatches a bottle of hand lotion from the room service cart parked outside and moisturises before our interview. As we chat, he reclines in his seat, sometimes smiling broadly (and baring a resplendent grill). He is upbeat and present and it all stands in contrast with the moody, chiaroscuro cover art for his debut full-length Trap Lord.
If you’ve ever seen any of the A$AP Mob in action, you probably know by know that any of their individual shows can get a little rowdy. But together, the crew is a live force that’s nearly unstoppable.
Nearly because they have occasionally been stopped, and had their shows shut down for any number of reasons, the main one being: They’re on a roll right now, and who wouldn’t want to pack in a venue to see them? While at The COMPLEX Complex at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, we somehow managed to catch a few of them at once, in one place: A$AP Ferg,A$AP Ant, A$AP Twelvy, and A$AP Nast. Check the video above to hear them talk about how the Mob holds it down during their live performances, and what it’s like when things get a little too crazy.
Fresh off the the release of his new visuals for See Me, A$AP Ant aka YG Addie takes on Que’s club banger OG Bobby Johnson. Get to know more about him below:
Name: YG ADDIE. LIL FACE TAT. A$AP ANT
From: Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland
Inspired by: Inspired by my bro, pops, moms and anybody out doing what they wanna do in life and getting money by doing it.
Musical influences: A lot cause I was born in 93 so my big bro Dj Nick (@djnickmarino) put me on DJ Clue tapes, Diplomats I mean everything. Since I can remember I had Cory Guns & Lord Tariq uptown single on tape cassette. First beef song I listen to was Beanie Sigel vs Jadakiss, so I experienced a lot of the late 90s & early 00s. Went from bumping No Limit to Cash Money to Hot Boyz to Rocafella type shit, so every era from late 90s to early 00s we was bumping it. I remember being young as fuck just listening to the lyrics & actually getting what they meant, ahead of my time I guess. Prodigy from Mobb Deep also in my top three rappers of all time.
@AmikaMeanz; journalist & contributor of The Known Unknown interviews the fun & boisterous A$AP FERG & A$AP MOB while in town in Toronto. They chat about music, life & New York. Support underground talent. Be sure to pick up all of A$AP FERG’s music. Shot by @AIGPro. Secondary camera by Kristopher Robertson.
As ANDPOP’s Simon Mohos would soon learn, travelling light isn’t an option for the A$AP Mob.
Founded in Harlem, the hip hop collective boasts a long list of talent that include music producers and rappers, most notably rapper A$AP Rocky. Together they’ve cultivated a lifestyle that celebrates hip hop, high fashion and art in a uniquely New York sense.
Simon caught up with a couple of members of the A$AP Mob to try and get a glimpse of what the A$AP Life is like. In a Toronto boutique crowded by fans of the collective, he goes through their Instagram feeds and gives A$AP Ferg, A$AP Ant, A$AP Twelvy and A$AP Illz the #NoFilter treatment. They tell our host what it’s like to get inducted into the mob, reminisce over a memorable souvenir and what being a trap lord is all about.