After New York’s A$AP Mob emerged from the trendiest depths of Tumblr at the beginning of the decade, Darold Ferguson Jr – known as A$AP Ferg or Fergenstein to his friends – has become a colourful and increasingly prominent figure on the contemporary rap landscape.
You’ve heard Shabba, you’ve probably heard Work, and you’ll definitely be impressed by the star-studded tracklist of his recent album Always Strive and Prosper. We called a croaky-voiced Ferg just after he’d climbed out of bed to bombard him with our trusty set of stupid questions.
What was your favourite cartoon when you were a kid?
Tom and Jerry.
Who’s your favourite Wu-Tang Clan member?
Damn, I’d have to say ODB.
What’s your signature recipe?
Metal or EDM?
Favourite video game?
What’s the worst hotel you’ve ever stayed in?
It was The Standard in LA. It was always under construction and the bar is whack. You’d think in LA the bar would be poppin’.
“Danny Brown’s barber messed up my hair”
If you were trying to seduce a potential lover, what music would you play?
When I’m having sex with girls, I play Bryson Tiller’s album because he sets the tone.
Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Probably Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes or Shabba Ranks.
Who’s you favourite person to follow on Instagram?
I like Khaled man. Khaled’s Snapchat.
Have you ever been arrested?
Of course, who hasn’t? For littering and hopping turnstiles on the train.
Describe the worst haircut you’ve ever had…
It was actually in Chicago. Danny Brown’s barber cut my hair. Danny Brown always has fresh hair, but his barber must just didn’t like me. He messed up my hair.
What are your feelings towards the concept of brunch?
I think it’s cool. You get to enjoy lunch and breakfast at the same time. Two-for-one!
Have you ever taken acid?
No. I don’t do drugs. I just think I’m high off life.
What’s your worst habit?
I think that sometimes I drag my feet on things.
Describe yourself with three words beginning with the letter A…
There’s no way I could do that.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Working at UPS lifting heavy, heavy, heavy boxes.
What’s the furthest you’ve ever run in one go?
When I was in LA going to the Adidas headquarters to pick up some clothes. I jogged for about an hour.
Must have been some good clothes?
It just some fly shit, some fly Adidas shit. Some Trap Lord Adidas collab stuff.
Trap Lord or 6 God?
Trap Lord, always. Shout outs to the 6 God though. Shout outs to the six, shout outs to the world!
What would you want written on your tombstone?
I would never have a tombstone cause I’m never gonna die.
Always Strive And Prosper is out now via Columbia Records. A$AP Ferg appears at Wireless, London, 8-10 July