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Review written by Evan K. (@LegendarE).

The A$AP Collective from Harlem, New York occupies a unique niche in the music industry. From their trend setting fashion styles (originally dubbed “street goth”) to crafting music that is influenced by sounds from all over the country, every time A$AP makes a move the music world pays attention.

The first introduction that we all had from A$AP was their leader Rocky who took the world by storm. However, A$AP Ferg, who was always toted as next in line after Rocky, is finally getting the shine and praise that he so fairly deserves. In fact, we were one of the first to nab Fergenstein for a solo interview. Since then, Ferg has made noise with his single “Work.” It proved to be enough for him to ink a solo deal (signed just days after Rocky dropped Long.Live.A$AP) and for this next-in-line A$AP member to actually receive his fair share of attention.

Ferg follows through with his debut mixtape-turned-album Trap Lord, a project that does not fall in line with anything that the A$AP camp has put out to date. While listening to the album, it was hard to not compare Ferg to his A$AP counterpart Rocky and their respective projects. While Rocky’s album was ethereal and spacey with plush sounds and a touch of Houston, Ferg’s sound is grimy, dark, chanty, and much more aggressive sounding, giving us a look at how dynamic the collective truly is. It’s like he wants him and his team to beat you up, but Ferg also wants you to appreciate the melodic chants in his rhyme scheme at the same time.

Nothing is ground breaking or essentially new in Trap Lord, the project is still rather unique however. Ferg puts a spin on different things we have been hearing from around the country, puts it into a blender, and uses his personality to carry the record. For example, the sing-song chanting type of flow is reminiscent of the drill scene in Chicago and some of the southern rap music of the 90’s, in addition to the obvious Bone Thugs influence. His swagger is definitely New York, that cannot be denied.

The lyricism is typical of what A$AP has put out so far. Impressive lyrics, but nothing that will go over your head but good enough to make you appreciate the creativity behind the record, and Ferg is a creative dude.

Overall, this record is a stark contrast from what the A$AP camp has put out and Ferg has definitely carved his own niche that will allow him to stand out for quite some time as long as he continues to push his personal boundaries with aggressive sounds and left field production. Not to mention the fact that this will continue to keep the A$AP camp relevant and open the doors for more members to stand out. I’ll give Trap Lord a solid 4/5, but what do you think?

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