by Karan Singh….
A$AP Ferg’s sophomore follow up of Traplord is one to remember as Ferg proves he’s just not A$AP Rocky’s sidekick. In fact, I think he’s the most artistically talented in the whole A$AP mob and is continuing to make further strides in his burgeoning career. Paying homage to his uncle Psycho (who really sounded like one) and grandmother, A$AP Ferg takes us through his life growing up in Hamilton Heights (“Hungry Ham”) and the trials and tribulations he has had to go through on his journey to fame.
Some would say he is way more versatile in Always Strive and Prosper, and who can blame them, with tracks like Strive and Hungry Ham, Ferg’s experimentation really pays off. It shows balls to really switch it up, even if fans don’t agree, because no one wants to be known as that one-dimensional rapper (*cough* Future). The club bangers are still there in Uzi Gang and Let It Bang, which goes to show the Traplord is still out here on the streets. One thing I did have an issue with was that Ferg did release quite a bit of his album before release, so songs like New Level and Psycho weren’t really a surprise, but then again it only made me more pumped. And of course he had to create more buzz for his album, I hope it pays off and he gets the radio play and streams he deserves.
Ferg is also way more transparent in this album, revealing the love he had to give up in order to reach for his dreams in the rap game. This level of honesty helps build the diverse picture of A$AP Ferg and makes us realise that celebrities are not invincible, they can be as vulnerable as anybody.
The Traplord has come along way from trapping on the streets of Harlem and selling his own designed belts. He’s realising his potential and this album will only make his stock increase. With featuring artists Big Sean, Ty Dolla Sign, Chris Brown, ScHoolboy Q and Rick Ross, Traplord season is in full effect.
Stream the full album below.