A$AP Ferg has apparently embraced his identity as Rock-Festival Onyx, providing the day's one moment when an entire crowd absolutely went the fuck off. This wasn't always a good thing; I saw so many white bros mouthing along with the N-word in the front row. But lack of self-awareness aside, an amped-up crowd is a beautiful thing, and the assembled kids were absolutely losing it for random Trap Lord album tracks. The highlight: Someone held aloft an enormous blue trash barrel, and the crowd passed it along like it was a human crowdsurfer, apparently entirely OK with the garbage that was falling out consistently. The barrel made it all the way to the stage barrier, were a security guard grabbed it, set it down off to the side, and then shook his head and laughed. I have to assume that was a first for the guy.
Pitchfork Festival took over Chicago’s Union Park this past weekend with headlining sets from Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, and Chance The Rapper. The hours before those performances boasted an impressive lineup of established names as well, among them Chvrches, Ryley Walker, Shamir, How To Dress Well, the Julie Ruin, Natalie Prass, Courtney Barnett, and so many more. More »
There’s nothing quite as invigorating as a quick burst of chaos. Just as Saturday afternoon was getting going in Chicago, a quick but torrential downpour sent the entire mob of people at Union Park scrambling for cover. It let up just long enough for four really good Ex Hex songs, and then it came back… More »
New York’s A$AP Mob has had ties to the fashion scene since before their ascension, and on his latest single A$AP Ferg reasserts the crew’s connection in his video for Ferg Forever track “Dope Walk.” The iPhone-shot clip features footage from Ferg’s journey through New York Fashion Week parties. A few weeks ago high fashio… More »
When A$AP Ferg dropped his Ferg Forever mixtape back in December, Tom named it Mixtape Of The Week and expounded upon the many ways that the rapper is “kind of a dork.” Ferg’s video for the track “Doe-Active” is the crowning jewel of that sentiment. It finds Ferg indulging in babes, beaches, and booze all… More »
Carnage has taken issue before with the blanket term “trap” to describe his sound, but it’s hard not to have that phrase in mind when listening to his new collaboration “WDYW,” which features urgent verses from A$AP Ferg, Lil Uzi Vert, and Rich The Kid. The track’s insistent, ominous synth sample bursts into a seriou… More »
As we settle into winter and the year begins to wind down, there are fewer new releases to talk about a whole lot of old ones to dig through. This week brought in an array of singles suggesting that 2015 has some exciting releases to look forward to. There might even be a new Pusha… More »
Earlier this year, Girl Talk and Freeway released a pretty great collaborative EP called Broken Ankles. A$AP Ferg hopped on a remix of EP track “Suicide” a little bit later, which now has a video to go along with it. The clip was created by artist Lisa Ramsey, who turned all three of them into… More »