#13 Album Of The Year: A$AP Ferg- Trap Lord

Posted: December 27, 2013 by ericbernsen in Album Reviews, Music
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I can honestly say that going into 2013, A$AP Rocky was the only member of the A$AP Mob that I ever gave a chance musically. But as it turns out, fellow group member A$AP Ferg created an album in Trap Lord that rivals Rocky’s as one of the best releases of 2013. I had the privilege of seeing A$AP Ferg perform live as an opener to Juicy J and I was instantly drawn to his energy, even though I was unfamiliar with the songs he was performing. It is this quality and Ferg’s eccentric flows that make Trap Lord such a strong body of work.

The album starts off with a bang as the opener “Let It Go” features Ferg spitting recklessly about violence and women over a hazy yet hard hitting beat, but right off the bat you can tell this listen is going to be one crazy ride. Next up we have an ode to the Jamaican dancehall musician Shabba Ranks as “Shabba” features A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky going back and forth with some outrageous lines that result in straight-comedy. The other main single on the album “Work (Remix)” succeeds in the same way as Ferg’s cadence and versatility shines on the posse cut featuring Rocky, French Montana, and ScHoolboy Q.

However, there are more strong points on the album that showcase A$AP Ferg’s multi-dimensional talent with “Hood Pope” and “Cocaine Castles” being prime examples. On these songs, Ferg surprises us as he sings with a strong melody about his bleak surroundings and the dark side to the excess of drugs and violence around him. Although Ferg does succeed with the turn up and heavy trap influence songs, the tracks that display musical variety is what solidifies Trap Lord as a well-rounded body of work.

The dark, rugged, and gritty production on the album is intense and used masterfully by Ferg, as well as the guest features choices. For example, on “Lord” we hear legendary group Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony use their fast flows and they sound natural over a haunting beat, rapping in a manner which will pleasantly force you to hit the repeat button over and over again. Hell, Ferg was even able to manage getting B-Real of Cypress Hill and Onyx on the same track “Fuck Out My Face.” That’s an accomplishment right there and although most of the guests provide strong appearances, Ferg shows on songs like “Fergivicious” and “Didn’t Wanna Do That” that he doesn’t need any help and is capable of holding his own with personal lyrics that shine based off their brutal yet heartfelt honesty.

Although there are some missteps on Trap Lord such as “Dump Dump” and “Make A Scene”, there are more than enough well-thought out bangers and self-reflective street tales that make Trap Lord an exciting debut for A$AP Ferg. Ferg was able to balance ignorance and drug/sex/violence-filled bliss with an out of left field style that resonated well over the fittingly eerie production. Many people are struggling to grasp whether the A$AP Mob represent New York based hip-hop or not; A$AP Ferg proved with Trap Lord that the lines can be blurred and the results can be refreshing and successful.

Listen to Trap Lord below and let us know what you think of the album/ranking!

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