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.