Longtime Bone Thugs-n-Harmony fan A$AP Ferg is how the group would say, “creepin’ on ah a come up” this year.
Not only did his recently released sophomore studio album, Always Strive and Prosper, mark his biggest Billboard debut to date, its rollout single, “New Level” helped the Harlemnite retain his trap lord title as it remains one of the top-tier joints in rap this year.
Such prosperity has only lead to more success — and more notoriety, as Ferg, who is coming off the Level Up Tour with Tory Lanez, is set to co-headline this Saturday’s BET Experience Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz ColleGrove show alongside Fetty Wap, Ty Dolla $ign, and Kodak Black. It’s with great notoriety that his songs often make fans out of a wide range of demographics, no matter how edgy the lyrical content identifies itself.
Last month, MLB legend Barry Bonds raised a stink over a gaggle of white kids at his daughter’s expensive Los Angeles school rapping along to Ferg’s 2013 hit “Dump Dump” (most explicitly the chorus of “I fucked your bitch, nigga, I fucked your bitch…She sucked my dick, nigga, she sucked my dick”).
When asked whether he felt a responsibility or need to control people from rapping his songs, Ferg, 27, maturely tells HipHopDX that there are no measures he can take to prevent people from actual enjoying his music any way they see fit.
There’s no way I could monitor that,” Ferg tells DX in regards to the Brentwood students, as he takes a break from practicing for his upcoming BET Experience set. “Hip Hop is doing all of this for me you know what I’m saying. I’m just doing what I love to do, I’m telling the dudes what I’ve experienced and the lifestyle. You can’t control, you want to be at peace. I’m just telling my life story. I’m just trying to tell the truth.”
“I see white kids screaming that all the time. I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, but I’m saying it’s been like that for so long in the history of Hip Hop. From Run-DMC’s time, unto now. The majority of fans that come to my shows is white. All Hip Hop artists know that. I do feel that those who are more sensitive to it, I do feel where they’re coming from at the same time ‘cause me I’m just an artist I’m just projecting my reality. What people perceive of it or whatever the case may be, I think you know, that’s just where we living.”
On the music side of things, Ferg relays to us he would be the proud owner of a Lamborghini if he had a dollar for every time someone asked him of the whereabouts of the mythical A$AP Mob album as he tries to “find the time” to start crafting his third studio album.
For now, he’s looking towards Saturday’s performance to show the Los Angeles concertgoers what “level” he’s been operating on all year.
“You can expect a real turnt-up show,” he says with a laugh. “It’s gonna be actually gonna be like the Level Up Tour that I’m doing with Torey, we just gon go out there and perform our show, like we still on the tour. We just gonna show these people what we been doing on the road the past few weeks. It’s been really good.”
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