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$AP Mob, which has become a dominant force in hip-hop. “I’m doing the hyping up onstage.”
During ASAP Rocky’s ridiculously hyped recent Australian tour, we were lucky enough to have a few minutes with one of the prominent members of the esteemed ASAP Mob, ASAP Ferg. Having taken over clubs with his menacing ‘Work’ and ‘Work (Remix)’, he’s definitely one emcee to keep an eye out for – especially on the verge of his album Trap Lord, dropping in August.
We headed to Star City to have a chat to ASAP Ferg, who was donning a leather vest with unbeatable steez. He also complimented my Fila tracksuit and thinks that I should purchase a Fubu jersey. In short, he was an absolute lord. Read below for our interview, where we spoke on his upcoming record, his most hated fashion trends and the awesomeness of Ruff Ryders.
Long before he landed the A$AP Mob a $3 million record deal with RCA/Polo Grounds, 25-year-old A$AP Yams did something that took just a couple of minutes and impacted the rest of his career. He opended up a Tumblr page. His carefully curated, now defunct RealNiggaTumblr was instrumental in building a buzz for a bunch of unknown Harlem rappers who are now one of the most in-demand overall crews in rap. Not only did Yams master the art of blowing up on Tumblr, he did so without letting the A$AP Mob get pigeonholed as a bunch of “Tumblr rappers” Come to think of it, nobody in the music industry has perfected the Tumblr to rap riches flip better than Yamborghini. Peep game.
Right before his show at Scion’s Open Mic event in Brooklyn, the bookish Monihan sat down with ASAP Mob’s personable ASAP Ferg. We find out about Ferg’s Jewish side, get some dental tips, and find out which of the Mob has the worst breath. We also check out some of Ferg’s new swag and learn some secrets about which ’80s pop stars Fergie loves the best. This is all interspersed with rad footage from the out-of-control ASAP set at Public Assembly.