Saturday, August 24, 2013

A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord (Album Review)

Release Date : August 20, 2013
Label : ASAP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/RCA Records

Trap Lord was originally supposed to be a mixtape, but Ferg changed it to an album instead. I know A$AP Mob released their Lords Never Worry mixtape last year, but a solo mixtape from Ferg would of been dope so we could of got an idea of how his music would sound. Work Remix featuring ASAP Rocky, French Montana, Trinidad James & Schoolboy Q is the first song I've heard from him, so I'm still new to his music. The second single Shabba featuring A$AP Rocky produced by Snugsworth is inspired by none of than the Mr Loverman himself, Shabba Ranks. Ferg said the song came about from them playing around in the studio.

The funny thing about this song is that every time I think of Shabba, I think of that parody called Mr Ugly Man that Marlon Wayans did on the classic sitcom In Living Color Lol, anyway It's dope, its your typical trap beat song with a catchy hook. Bone Thugs bring their rapid fire flow to Lord and Ferg holds his own. I like to see things like this, when the new generation does a song with the artist they were influenced by, that's what I call paying homage. At the end of the song Bizzy says a prayer. The Bone influence is all throughout Trap Lord, its most evident on the uplifting Hood Pope. Ferg shows some versatility and goes into a sing-songy flow over Veryrvre's laid back production.

The spaced out Fergivicious and Fuck Out My Face featuring Onyx, B-Real and Aston Matthews keeps the album momentum going. The sinister Murda Something features Waka, and its easily the most aggressive song on Trap Lord. Waka even uses a different flow and sounds more focused than usual. Cocaine Castle is about people using drugs to escape the pain and how the demons can get the best of them, once again Ferg steps outside the box and it worked. The production on Trap Lord is dark, but it still has the trap sound with the heavy bass and 808s.

There is some wack songs on here like the pointless 4:02 joint, which is just basically a interlude with Ferg having a threesome with somebody elses girl, and then the dude calls his girl and Ferg tells him that hes fucking his bitch, then that leads into the forgettable Dump Dump, where Ferg tells you I fucked your bitch nigga. How original ! Make A Scene is another lame track with a average hook Ridin with my top down bout to make a scene. Besides the songs mentioned, Ferg isn't not really saying anything new, but all in all Trap Lord is an solid enjoyable album.


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