ALBUM REVIEW: A$AP Ferg’s “Trap Lord”
A$AP Ferguson stands as the second member of the A$AP Mob to release a solo project. As an early standout on A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob‘s mixtapes, it only makes sense that he’d be the next to blow. Following the surprise success of his single “Work” along with the subsequent remix, A$AP Ferg wasted no time getting his debut project together. Check my full review below.
The overall feel of the project is not far from what you would expect from the A$AP Mob. Southern influences. Trippy production. Haunting themes and undertones. And A$AP Ferg knows exactly what he’s doing and who his audience is. The opening track, “Let It Go” is a great introduction to new fans of A$AP Ferg. The first line of the entire project is, “Trap Lord season begins, now repent your sins…” The album continues with my personal favorite song that I’ve heard from him so far features A$AP Rocky. “Shabba” is referring to exactly who you think it is. But it’s a great party song with a sing-along hook. The video is just as entertaining. Check it below.
A$AP Ferg taps another group that is familiar with sinister beats for his first non-A$AP feature on this project. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony make an amazing appearance. It doesn’t leave you wanting new music from them, but it leaves a sense of nostalgia for those of us that grew up when “Crossroads” was being played on The Box. Krayzie Bone closes the track like only he can, reminding everyone he was one of the standouts from the group. The next track, “Hood Pope” follows the theme of the album title. He switches up his flow to almost harmonize with the beat detailing how he acts as an advisor to the young trap lords. Check the song below.
“Fergivicious” sounds like the title of a song that would be on Fergie (from The Black Eyed Peas) album. In contrast to the previous track which details his mentorship-like stance with the young trap lords, this track details his own experiences as a hustler in Harlem. The track haunts but gives you a peek into Young Fergivicious’ life with lyrics like
“Fuck your opinion nigga, I be killing/Pimping white bitch on the penicillin/Getting all the bad bitches I be feeling/Thing a nigga trapping? Yeah, I’m drug dealing.”
“4:02” details a threesome between Ferg and his girl. One is chocolate, one is caramel. Every man’s fantasy, right? And where did the new girl come from? It’s explained in the next track “Dump Dump.” Which honestly is full of cliche rhymes, though entertaining. He’s partying in the club, fucking your bitches, and chilling next to Meek Mill. No big deal. Then “Work Remix” shows up and reminds you why you’re listening to the album at all. A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Trinidad James, and ScHoolboy Q all serve their purpose. So much so, the original “Work” track doesn’t even appear on the album, though far superior, lyrically. If you’ve never seen the video, check it below.
The rest of the album slows back down with “Didn’t Wanna Do That” reminding us that A$AP Ferg named his album Trap Lord because he’s lived that life. He details retaliating against another crew that robbed a member of his crew. It’s cautionary tale as much as it’s a peek into A$AP Ferg‘s young life. Waka Flocka Flame makes a memorable appearance detailing trap violence in the next track “Murda Something.” The theme continues with “Make a Scene.” Ferg employs a similar flow style that he used in “Hood Pope.” It’s an effective track detailing a near death experience that flows directly into “Fuck Out My Face.”
Maintaining his theme of grabbing 90s rap groups for features, Onyx and B-Real from Cypress Hill make appearances in this track. A$ton Matthews, an upcoming rapper from the West Coast also appears. Though not as hard as the title suggests, “Fuck Out My Face” has great production. Again, you don’t exactly miss Onyx or Cypress Hill from listening to this track, but it’s nice to listen to. A$AP Ferg closes the album giving an overview of his experience in a Carter-like environment. “Cocaine Castle” shares the type of people that you see coming in and out of a dope spot trying to cop their hit.
As a whole, A$AP Ferg‘s project stands well against other debut albums. We’re not talking about a Kendrick-level debut, which all future debut albums are now measured against. Instead, this album fits perfectly into the overall A$AP catalogue. In comparison to A$AP Rocky‘s debut, it’s a much more “traditional” rap album with familiar themes that feed right into the title of the album. Solid effort. It’s exciting to see these new rap posses (A$AP Mob, TDE, etc.) actually be fill with talented rappers outside of their leader (St. Lunatics, Disturbing Tha Peace).
Standout Tracks: Let It Go, Shabba, Lord
Forgettable Tracks: Dump Dump, Make a Scene
Posted on August 20, 2013, in ALBUM REVIEWS, music, Music Videos, NEW MUSIC and tagged A$AP Ferg, A$AP Mob, a$ap rocky, Hip-Hop, music, Music Videos, NEW MUSIC, Rap, videos. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.