RB Exclusive Interview: Sage Armstrong
April 11, 2019
April 11, 2019
A founding member of Harlem’s A$AP Mob (Always Strive and Prosper), A$AP Ferg was initially the group’s main clothing designer but after teaming with Mob member A$AP Rocky he became one of the crew’s breakout rappers. While Ferg and Rocky were originally planned to be the crew’s Mobb Deep-like duo, they found more success as solo artists, beginning with Rocky and his series of 2012 mixtapes. Ferg’s big break came that same year when his track “Work” landed as the key cut on the A$AP Mob’s mixtape Lords Never Worry. The announcement that A$AP Ferg signed with RCA came in early 2013 and was followed by an all-star remix of “Work” with Trinidad James, French Montana, and Schoolboy Q added to the cut. That same year Ferg’s “Persian Wine” single landed along with his solo album Trap Lord. His debut album for A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music/RCA, Trap Lord, laid down his hypnotic hood decree over the course of thirteen visceral, vibrant, and visionary tracks.
However, everything simply led up to Trap Lord. “It’s my voyage from the hood to fame and what I’ve seen along the way,” Ferg declares of the album. “All of these life experiences made me who I am and inspired me. It’s so personal. I’ve been working on it all along. It started off visually with how I saw myself as a person.” So what is that vision of Ferg? First and foremost, he’s a hustler. In fact, he never stops working. That’s why he’s already established himself as a hip-hop contender. “Everybody always says, ‘Ferg, you’ve always got a new hustle. You never stop trapping’,” he smiles.