A$AP Ferg – “Value”
While his old friend and collaborator A$AP Rocky has been causing international incidents by getting imprisoned in Sweden, A$AP Ferg has been keeping his head down, quietly cranking out new music. It’s been three years since Ferg released Still Striving, his last album. But for a while now, Ferg has been dropping singles like “Wigs,” with City Girls and ANTHA, or “Pups,” with Rocky. Today, Ferg has a new one called “Value.”
“Value” clearly aims to bring back the jittery energy of Ferg’s early singles, the one that made him such an intriguing new voice in the early days of the decade. Producer Razjah layers on blown-out bass and rap memory-triggers like the old Three 6 Mafia “yeah, ho!” chant. There are even some dubstep bass-wobbles in there, which is now its own kind of retro.
One the song, Ferg raps with frantic intensity about things that don’t really demand that intensity: Moshing at parties, meeting girls, sending hot rocks through your sandals. (He probably means bullets, but actual hot rocks in sandals would really suck, too.) It’s a fired-up, technically on-point performance, and I can see it being a lot of fun live. Ferg, it’s worth remembering, can really rap. Listen to “Value” below.
“Value” is out now on the streaming services.