A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord

When A$AP Rocky broke through two years ago, the hard-yipping tough guy A$AP Ferg was immediately the most arresting member of his fashion-goon backup crew. And since then, Ferg has emerged as a low-key star in his own right, and many of his songs — “Work” and its remix, “Shabba,” “Persian Wine,” “Hood Pope” — are bona fide underground hits. Ferg’s full-length Trap Lord was originally supposed to be a mixtape, but now it’s a major-label album with an impending release. And it’s one of the weirdest, most atmospheric and expressionist major-label rap albums in recent memory, all helium rasps and witch house sonics. At the moment, you can stream the whole thing here.

Trap Lord is out 8/20 on RCA.

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  1. Anyone else listening to this?? Fergivicious is tightttttt. Sucker for the opener as well. Can’t wait to crank this all night.

  2. Doesn’t seem as polished or solid as Live Love A$AP, but has definitely got some new tracks worth checking out. If it were simply labeled a mixtape I’m sure it would seem more like a treat, particularly the first half of the album (as a whole might be on par with Live Love A$AP but with bigger hits, bigger misses.) Still leagues ahead of the Lords Never Worry disaster.

    Seriously though I’m dissapointed, I was hoping there’d be a comment party. Nobody else cared about this?

  3. The first half of the album sits high above my expectations with “Let It Go” and “Fergivicious” being the real gems, then after track 6 it just falls flat with unpolished b-sides (with the exception of work remix,but we’ve all heard that a milli times.)

    Regardless it deserves to be praised for the original sound he pursues, the beats are certainly different from Rocky’s Clams Casino electro-swag and the more punchy-bass sounds we see in contemporaries. The beats are dark, and I especially like the ancient-era epic feel of the opener. But his personality and voice are really whats on stage here (I still melt on Shabba for the harmonized voice manipulation that evokes Tupac then abrupt switch to fake-patois, particularly in his second verse)

    The use of middle aged stoner-rap artists on “Fuck Out My Face” is a mistake. Onyx? Really? Does anyone care? D-Real’s verse on that track is indiscernible from anything else he’s done. These are artists from an era of rap that was primarily rythmic oriented, they don’t manipulate the tone of their voices which is more common today, and imo a large factor in what makes Ferg so interesting. Being on the same track as them provides such contrast as to make their verses seem flat.

    Unfortunately, as an LP this probably won’t be received as well as Rocky’s LP, but if this were a mixtape I think it would be at least as good as Rocky’s.

    My biggest complaint is the lack of dialogue on this page about it. Isn’t this supposed to be highly anticipated? This guy is seemingly the only other talented member of A-Mob. “Only hood nigga down with the Pitchfork?” C’mon, i figured people here would eat this shit up.

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