There’s no shortage of critical opinion Harlem, New York's A$AP Mob. At various times, the collective has been labeled appropriators of Southern Hip Hop, EDM and Golden Era Rap as well as Hip Hop's current Haute couture movement. With A$AP Rocky's 2013 #1 debut Long.Live.A$AP, followed by A$AP Ferg's Top 10 debut, Trap Lord, the general public has been exposed to enough of the group’s aesthetic to see the many elements included can peacefully coexist.

"First it started off with the whole Pitchfork/Fader Fort crowd, and then it moved to the hood," A$AP Ferg revealed, after finishing entertaining such a crowd during 2013's Fader Fort at the South by Southwest Music Festival. "I went back to Harlem and saw that they were fucking with it, so we kind of bridged the gap between the hippies and the hood niggas."

Additional releases by A$AP Nast and an upcoming group effort, L.O.R.D., may further bridge said gaps. Given A$AP Mob's current level of commercial success, the biggest challenge may balancing the demand for more new music with maintaining or exceeding the level of quality control they’ve exhibited. For those eagerly awaiting L.O.R.D., which was originally scheduled for a March 4 release, the issues of preserving the brand while satiating fans may sort themselves out at the same time.

A$AP Ferg Explains Uniting The Hood & The Hippies