Vincent Knox A&E Editor
Hailing from Harlem, New York, 29 year old Darold D. Brown Ferguson, Jr., known primarily by his stage name, A$AP Ferg, will be coming to Eastern Connecticut State University for the Spring concert. A$AP Ferg began as a member of the collective group, A$AP Mob, along with high school friend, A$AP Rocky, and has now been rapping for over a decade. Now, he has over 10 million listeners on Spotify and his popularity is still growing.
In a video on his website, Ferg discusses his life and inspiration. When he was young, he didn’t enjoy school, but he did his best to earn money. His hustle has earned him the title of “Trap Lord” amongst his friends. A self-proclaimed artist of all media, Ferg claims to be inspired by both love and hate, stating, “That’s what inspires me the most.” He also reveres his now deceased father, who printed shirts and logos for record labels for many artists. Ferg himself began in the fashion industry, establishing his own clothing and jewelry line, even launching “Devoni Clothes”, a store for high-end belts. He then went on to win Rookie of the Year in the BET Hip Hop awards in 2013, solidifying his place in the rap world.
Ferg’s first single, “Work”, was remixed to feature other rappers including A$AP Rocky, French Montana, and Shoolboy Q. Some of his other popular songs include “Shabba”, “New Level”, and “Plain Jane”. I have heard many of these songs before and never known who they were by (I’m somewhat ignorant when it comes to rap), but many people play them when they want to listen to something fast and energetic. They all feature quick hooks and beats that make you want to bounce your head to the rhythm. I’m sure all of the songs he plays live are able to get the crowd moving and having a good time. When he comes to Eastern, the entire room will be enjoying themselves.
With his popularity soaring and many years ahead of him, Ferg wants to be the man who bridges the gap between mainstream and underground rap, and he may be on the right path to doing so. The A$AP he and others share means “Always Strive and Prosper”, and it looks like that is what he is doing. The only way to know for sure is to buy a ticket to the Spring concert, and see what all the hype is about.